Sunday, September 22

Today is Sunday of Week 5. The Read and Respond assignment, along with the Internet assignment and Storybook assignment, are all due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. I don't update the Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but I'll update it at least once or twice. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, turn in your work earlier on Sunday rather than waiting until later. If you wait until Sunday evening, you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you. 

Week 5 Responding.  For the Read and Respond assignment, there is an extra credit responding option, but you need to do the Week 5 Internet assignment first, commenting on people's coverpages. Then, for extra credit, you can visit the Ning blog of the people whose Storybook coverpages you commented on!

GoogleSites Tips. (repeat announcement) For the Week 5 Storybook assignment, you will be publishing your Introduction at your Storybook website. Here are some Google Sites tips you might want to look at as you continue to work on the layout and design of your site: design templates (you can change your template at any time) - font sizes - image sizes - site title and page titles - site navigation. Also, please review the information on adding a new page - ESPECIALLY the part in bold red about making your new page a "top level" page; otherwise, you'll end up with a subpage, and that will in turn cause all kinds of problems for your navigation panel later on.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: Inflated v. Concise Writing. This is a fun and useful item I found in Amanda Patterson's writing blog.

Featured Storybook: Tale of the Traveling Cat. Here is another great new Storybook for this semester, thanks to Adrienne in Myth-Folklore. This is not a typical traveling cat, by the way; this is a time-traveling cat. YES!

FREE Kindle eBook: The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book.

And, yes, long before there was The Lion King, there was The Jungle Book. Here's a video of "The Bare Necessities" from YouTube.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A blunt wedge will sometimes do what a sharp axe will not (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is literally true, of course... and it has many metaphorical applications too!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows the monkeys Vali and Sugriva fighting, with Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuman looking on.

Sunday Event on Campus: The OU Symphony Orchestra will be giving a performance in Sharp Concert Hall on Sunday at 3PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 22: Fall Equinox. Sunday marks the Fall Equinox, when the day and night are of equal length as the days are getting shorter. You can read about the astronomical details of the equinox at Wikipedia, and for some thought-provoking reflections on the equinox, check out Bob Patrick's post here (Bob is a Latin teacher and all-around thoughtful person whom I know online). In the Wiccan "Wheel of the Year," the fall equinox is celebrated as the holiday of Mabon (if you are in the southern hemisphere, it is the spring holiday of Ostara). You can see here where the equinox takes its place on the wheel with its eight holidays:

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