Sunday, October 20

Today is Sunday of Week 9. The Read and Respond assignment, along with the Internet assignment and Storybook assignment, are 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 you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice over the weekend. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday evening. If you wait until Sunday evening or the Monday grace period (or even later), you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you.

D2L Upgrade Postponed. (repeat announcement) Due to the odd problems with Desire2Learn this week, the planned upgrade for this weekend is POSTPONED. So, no worries for those of you who will be doing work on Sunday: Desire2Learn should be working just fine, and if you run into any problems, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: 29 Ways to Stay Creative. As the semester gets more intense, you may find it harder to get in touch with your own creative energies. Here are some ways to stay creative!

Featured Storybook: What It Is To Love Oisín. In this lovely Storybook from last semester, you can explore the adventures of the Celtic hero Oisin (Ossian) as told by those who loved him.

FREE Kindle eBook: Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan by Toru Dutt. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which includes stories that will be familiar to those of you in Indian Epics, along with entirely new ancient tales! The image below shows Prahlada adoring Vishnu in his incarnation as Narasimha, the Man-Lion.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The one who asks a question is a fool for five minutes; the one who does not ask a question is a fool forever (a Chiniese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. So, if you have a question, ask!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is The Disrobing of Draupadi. If you look closely, you can also see the four-sided dice board that was used for the fateful game of dice.

KGOU OneSix8. Visit the OneSix8 blog for detailed information about all kinds of events this weekend in Norman and nearby.

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a matinee showing of the comic opera L'Elisir d'Amore (The Elixir of Love) at 3PM in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 20: Birth of the Bab. Today, October 20, is a holiday in the Bahai religious calendar, celebrating the birthday of the Bab, one of the three central figures in the Bahai tradition. He was born in Iran in 1819, and he took the name "Bab" (meaning "Gate") when he announced his claims to be God's messenger in 1944. His radical religious claims were not accepted by the Muslim clergy of the time, and he was executed in 1850. You can read about his life and religious teachings in this detailed Wikipedia article, where you can also read this detailed article about the Bahai faith. The image below shows the Shrine of the Bab which is located in Haifa, Israel:

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