Monday, September 30

Today is Monday. Week 6 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:

Grading. Now that we have finished Week 6 of the semester, there have been 180 points so far. You can consult this chart to get an indication of how you are doing overall: if you have around 165 points (155 points if your Week 6 Storybook has not been recorded yet), you are headed for an A; if you have around 145 points (135 points), you are headed for a B; if you have around 125 points (115 points), you are headed for a C; with less than 125, you are in danger of failing the class. There are still 9 weeks left in the semester, which gives you plenty of time to improve your grade if you are not on track for the grade you want. Just make sure you budget time to do more of the assignments and, if you do miss an assignment, do some extra credit points to make up for it.

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.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Tech Tip: Google Docs Dictionary. For those of you who are using Google Docs to do your writing, it has a great dictionary feature in addition to the word count and spellcheck features. I like the way it gives synonyms first; synonyms are often the easiest way to understand just what a word means.

Featured Storybook: Roaring Lion: Demons and the Desert Fathers. Matthew's project for Myth-Folklore this semester is about a journey, both real and mystical, to St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai desert.

FREE Kindle eBook: Indian Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is also the source for the India option in Myth-Folklore this week!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Every day a person grows more wise (a Polish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Here's the Polish: Co dzień człowiek mędrszy.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Hanuman leaving Lanka as the city burns.

Monday Event on Campus: The UPB's "Play with Playdough" lunchtime break will be happening in Crossroads Lounge in the Union, 11:30AM - 12:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 30: Rumi. Today marks the birthday in the year 1207 of the Persian mystical poet Rumi. Rumi is familiar to those of you in Myth-Folklore who chose Rumi as your reading this past week! Here is the background page for that unit with more information about this amazing Sufi poet. The image below shows Rumi with this disciplines in a 16th-century manuscript from Baghdad.

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