Wednesday, February 8

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 4 of the class. If you have not turned in your Week 3 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Storybook comments. Please make sure you look for my comments in the emails I send back to you; in addition to comments at the top of the email, there are comments marked with ==> in the body of the email. Please read through all the comments in the email and if you have any questions, ask! You should save these emails, too, since you will be working on the Storybook all semester and you might need to look back at a past email to get some information to help you with a later Storybook assignment.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on or before Sunday at noon, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Sunday afternoon or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. I reply to the assignments in the order that they are turned in, so if you want comments back earlier, try to turn your Storybook in on Saturday - you will get comments back much sooner. About 50 people turn in their work every Sunday; it takes me a few days to get through that big stack!

Proofreading. As you turn in the Introduction and your Storybook stories, you will need to make sure you proofread your writing carefully and that you use standard English spelling and punctuation. For some help with that, I've put up this tips page: Writing and Proofreading. Especially for those of you who had trouble with the proofreading practice exercise back in Week 1 (the mouse-bride story), I would suggest you review this information carefully before this weekend so that you will have time to ask questions and also to get some practice before writing your Week 4 Storybook assignment.

Wednesday Events on Campus. Dr. Nicole Campbell will offer a workshop on "The Psychology of Student Success," 4PM-5PM in Wagner Hall 245 (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 8: Tu B'shvat. Today is the Jewish holiday of Tu B'shvat, the "Fifteenth (day) in (the month of) Shevat," also known as the "New Year of the Trees," a holiday that falls in either January or February of each year, depending on the Jewish calendar, coinciding with the full moon. This year it falls on February 8 (from dusk on the evening of February 7 until the dusk of February 8). In Israel, the date is especially associated with the flowering of the almond trees, which you can see in the image below. On this holiday, people eat dried fruits and nuts, and they also plant new trees, something like our our "Arbor Day" holiday. You can read more about the holiday at Wikipedia, which is also the source for this image showing an almond tree in bloom in Israel: