Monday, September 24

Today is Monday, and Week 5 of the class is now over - and that means you have completed one-third of the semester. Wow! Week 6 will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday/Saturday/Sunday.

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. 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, beginning with the assignments turned in on Friday afternoon or on Saturday. You need to wait on my comments to any Storybook assignment you have in the stack before going on to the next assignment - so, if you want comments earlier rather than later, turn your assignment in on Friday or Saturday instead of waiting until Sunday.

Tech Tip Emails. Sometime later this week I should have time to reply to the big pile of Tech Tip emails that has accumulated over the past two weeks. It often takes me a week or two (or more) to get around to replying to those emails, but please don't let that hold you back - you can keep on doing Tech Tips for Week 6 and 7 and 8 and all the way through Week 15 if you want; you don't need to wait for a reply from me before going on to do another tip.

Myth Monday. Each Monday, I'll be sharing a link here to one of my favorite resources online for folklore, mythology and epics. Last week was Louis Ginzberg's monumental collection of stories, Legends of the Jews. This week, I want to highlight a vital Christian storytelling tradition: the legends of the saints. One of the most important collections of the stories of the saints is a book called The Golden Legend, originally written in medieval Latin but eventually translated into all the vernacular languages of Europe, including English. It was one of the first printed books to appear in the English language, in fact, published by William Caxton in 1483! You can read Caxton's Golden Legend online at various websites, such as Catholic Forum and at the Fordham University Medieval Sourcebook. There are some amazing stories in there - including the legend of Mary Magdalene and how she traveled to France after the death of Jesus.

Monday Events on Campus. At 8PM in the Sharp Concert Hall there will be an OU Symphony Orchestra Concert (time/location/details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 24: Dr. Seuss. Today, September 24, marks the anniversary of the death in 1991 of Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. You are probably familiar with Dr. Seuss's marvelous books - my own favorite is Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose. If you want to find out more about his life, his goals as a writer - even detailed information about the poetic meters he used! - take a look at this long and detailed Wikipedia article. Dr. Seuss's books have been translated into many languages of the world - even Latin. Below is the book cover for The Cat in the Hat in Latin, Cattus Petasatus.