Monday, September 16

Today is Monday. Week 4 is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Friday or over the weekend. The next week of class will begin tomorrow - and those assignments are available now if you want to get started!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Coverpages. 
I'll be updating the list of Storybook websites for Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics on Monday afternoon when people have finished turning in their Week 4 coverpages. You can continue to experiment with your coverpage design all semester long, of course! Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, for the Week 5 Internet assignment you will be looking at and commenting on each other's Storybooks via the class list. I'll have more to say about that in tomorrow's announcements.

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. You can then 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. If you turned in your assignment on Sunday or later, you may have to wait a few days before you will get comments back from me.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Kid President. This video was making the rounds of the Internet lately, so I thought I would share it here since it has such a good message for teachers and students of all ages. My favorite line: Together we're . . . LOUDER.

Featured Storybook: The Rumpelstiltskin Show. This hilarious Storybook starts with fairy tale heroines getting together to watch The Rumpelstiltskin Show, and on this episode the Brothers Grimm are confronted by the long-suffering and understandably resentful characters from their own stories.

FREE Kindle eBook: Ovid's Metamorphoses as translated by J.J. Howard. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Ovid's Metamorphoses is one of the choices in the Myth-Folklore class this coming week.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A barley corn is better than a diamond to a cock (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This poster also alludes to an Aesop's fable, the story of the rooster who found a precious jewel in the manure and didn't know what to do with it; he would have preferred a barley corn.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Rama, Sita, and Lakshmana living in the forest. As you can see, two different frames are combined into one picture; one set of pictures shows them separately preparing a meal, while the other scene shows them enjoying that meal together.

Monday Event on Campus: As part of Italy Week, you can enjoy "Pasta Making with Dean Grillot" and take your spinach and cheese ravioli home with you, too - the events is 12PM-1PM in the Kitchen Lab, Room 105 of the Old Chemistry Building (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 16: St. Hildegard of Bingen. September 16 marks the birthday in the year 1098 of the remarkable woman, Hildegard of Bingen, and September 17 is her feast day (she died on September 17 in 1197). Saint Hildegard, who was canonized only recently (in 2012), wrote numerous books in Latin on theological and scientific topics, as well as devotional songs and plays. She was also a musical composer, and many of her musical compositions have survived. You can read more about her life and accomplishments in this Wikipedia article. Probably most remarkable are the three books she wrote about the series of mystical visions that she experienced during her lifetime. These books were accompanied by beautiful illustrations; here is one example:

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed.