Friday, October 4

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 7! The Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now. Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Thursday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack
. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. I've read and replied to all the assignments turned in on Sunday, but if you turned something in on Monday or later in the week, it may still be in the stack. This is another one of those VERY busy weeks with all these new stories; I will try to get comments back to everyone before the weekend, but if you turned in a late assignment, you might not get comments until Saturday morning. Meanwhile, if you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

New Responding groups
. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around again this week so you should see one or even two new people in your group. There is also a "getting to know you" extra credit assignment where you can read additional posts from the people in your new group. Details about the extra credit assignment are included in the regular assignment instructions!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Tech Tip: Typing Game: Ninja Cat. This is a fun online game you can use to improve your typing skills.

Featured Storybook: Kamaveda, Love Therapist. In this Storybook from last year, you see Kamadeva in action, the Hindu god of love (Kama-Deva = Love-God).

FREE Kindle eBook: Japanese Fairy Stories by William E. Griffis. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There is some overlap here with the Japanese fairy tales this week in Myth-Folklore, along with many more stories besides!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is He that lies down with dogs shall rise up with fleas (an English proverb proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. There's a Latin version of this saying too: Qui cum canibus concumbunt cum pulicibus surgent.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Sita's Ordeal by Fire. You can see Rama, Lakshmana and Hanuman standing by.

Friday Event on Campus: Two Dominican workers from the fair labor company Alta Gracia will be speaking about their experiences at 5:30 PM in Dale Hall 128, an event sponsored by Sooners Against Sweatshops (SAS), a new student group that is trying to get Alta Gracia's collegiate clothing into OU's campus bookstores (details in the OU Daily). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 4: Saint Francis - World Animal Day. Today is the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi. Because of the special love that Francis had for every creature in the animal kingdom, October 4 has been designated World Animal Day. You can learn more about Saint Francis at Wikipedia, and the image below is from the World Animal Day website. The purpose of the holiday is "to celebrate animal life in all its forms, to celebrate humankind’s relationship with the animal kingdom, to acknowledge the diverse roles that animals play in our lives, and to acknowledge and be thankful for the way in which animals enrich our lives." Happy World Animal Day! Celebrate animal life!

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