Monday, March 26

WELCOME BACK, everybody - and I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break! Today is Monday and Week 9 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due at the end of Week 9. Week 10 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get a head start!

Kylee Gwartney: Kindle Author! Kylee Gwartney, who is a student in Myth-Folklore this semester (professional writing major), has just published her first novel as a Kindle book at Amazon: Catching the Fever. Congratulations to Kylee! If you want to leave her a message or if you have any questions about her Kindle author experience, you can leave a message at her Ning profile.

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the break. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in; please check to make sure that I received your assignment!

Monday Events on Campus. At 8AM in Room 149D in Bizzell there will be a workshop on "Capstone Central: Doing Library Research for Your Capstone Paper" - and remember, every department on campus has a librarian in the OU Libraries, so just ask your department secretary who your librarian is and how to contact them if you want discipline-specific help in doing your research; that's what the librarians are there for! (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 26: Khordad Sal. Saturday, March 26, marks the birthday of the prophet Zoroaster, which is a holiday, Khordad Sal, in the Zoroastrian religion. Zoroaster is the ancient Greek form of his name; in Persian, he is called Zarathusti, and you might also know him by the name Zarathustra. You can read more about Zoroaster and Zoroastrianism at Wikipedia; although there are not many adherents of this ancient religion in the world today, there are followers of Zoroaster and his teachings who live in India, Iran and Afganistan, and also in the United States. The image below shows the Faravahar symbol, which is one of the central symbols of Zoroastrian iconography, as shown here in a carving from the ancient city of Persepolis: