Tuesday, October 11

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 8 of the class, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so Week 8 is on top. Yes, this means the semester is now about half over! In the Indian Epics class, you have a Ramayana review week before you start the Mahabharata in Week 9. In Myth-Folklore, the choice is Africa or Jamaica. If you have not turned in your Week 7 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Friday afternoon or on Saturday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 8 Internet assignment. The Week 8 Internet assignment is now available. Once again, you will be commenting on the Storybooks that already have at least one STORY available for you to read. Most of the Storybooks do now have at least one story, since many folks who did not publish a story in Week 6 did publish a story for Week 7. Check the assignment instructions for details about how to find your Storybooks to look at for this week!

Spring Enrollment. (repeat announcement) Enrollment will be starting for Spring classes, and these online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Spring, please let me know by noon this Thursday at the latest so that I can save you a space in the class.

Tech Tips. I got caught up on Tech Tip emails on Monday evening - those really tend to pile up during the super-busy weeks as people are getting their Storybooks started! Thanks for your patience with that, and thanks also to those of you who have been doing the tips. It's always fun to go through the pile of Tech Tip emails and see which tips people are interested in trying. So, please keep right on doing that - a point here and there may not look like much, but if you have been doing them all semester, believe me, they add up!

Tuesday Events on Campus. There will be free BINGO in the Union, Crossroads Lounge, from 11:30AM-12:30PM, with prizes provided by the Union Programming Board (time/location/details). Find out more about this event and other events happening on Tuesday at the Campus Calendar online.

October 11: Thich Nhat Hanh. Today marks the birthday in the year 1926 of the Vietnamese writer and Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh. You can read about his life and career in this Wikipedia article. Over 40 of his books have been translated into English, and they are a wonderful way to learn about Buddhism. There is a collection of quotes at Wikiquote, including these words which will certainly resonate for those of you who have been looking at the notion of karma in the Indian Epics class: The present moment contains past and future. The secret of transformation, is in the way we handle this very moment. The photo below comes from Thich Nhat Hanh's website, PlumVillage.org: