Sunday, August 25

Today is Sunday of Week 1. The Read and Respond assignment, along with the other end-of-the-week assignments for Week 1, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time!

My Weekend Schedule. (repeat announcement) I try not to do schoolwork on weekends, but I do check my email occasionally. So, if you have any questions or problems, definitely let me know, and if it's something urgent, I will get back to you as soon as I check my email. If you want to be sure I received an assignment you turned in by email, you can check the stack.

Get ahead this weekend! (repeat announcement) This weekend is the absolute best time to get ahead in this class, before things really get busy in your other classes. If you can do all the Week 2 assignments over this weekend, that will give you a cushion of extra time that will make the whole semester much easier for you in this class. Plus, the Early Bird extra credit is the easiest extra credit you can get. To take these extra credit points, you don't have to do any extra work - you just have to be on your own schedule, one week (or more) ahead of the class deadlines. Believe me: you will enjoy this class so much more if you set your own schedule, based on what is truly convenient for you, rather than having me set the deadlines.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Sacred Texts Archive. This is an incredibly valuable online resource both for those of you in the Myth-Folklore class and also for the Indian Epics class. There are hundreds of full-text books online here on all kinds of mythological and legendary subjects.

Featured Storybook: Character Therapy: Healing in Stories. In this group therapy, four women have come together to explore their hopes and fears, and for each of them there is a healing lesson to be learned from the story of a woman in the Indian epics, connecting their lives across the thousands of years that divide them.

FREE Kindle eBook: Sacred Books of the East by Epiphanius Wilson. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, including the Vedic hymns and Upanishads, the Zend Avesta, the Dhammapada and life of the Buddha, and selections from the Koran.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Dig a well before you are thirsty (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a wise proverb both in its literal meaning and in its many possible metaphorical applications!

August 25: Walt Kelly. The American cartoonist, Walt Kelly, most famous for his Pogo cartoons, was born on August 25 in 1913, which means he would have been 100 years old today (he died in 1973). You can read about Walt Kelly's life and career in this Wikipedia article. You might be interested to know, for example, that he worked at Disney and contributed to the classic animated films Snow White and the Seven DwarfsFantasia, and Dumbo. The image below is from his Animal Mother Goose book in which Kelly illustrated the traditional Mother Goose nursery rhymes with animal characters (larger version of the image), as here, where "Little Johnny Green" is an alligator, and "Little Johnny Stout" is an elephant!

Remember, you can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.