Thursday, October 24

Today is Thursday of WEEK 10. If you have not turned in your Week 9 Storybook assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit. Thursday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Wednesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. There are still quite a few items in the Storybook stack. If you turned something in by 6PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me; if you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check to make sure your assignment is in the stack here.

Friday drop deadline. 
(repeat announcement) This Friday, October 25, is the last day to drop the class with an automatic grade of W on your transcript. For more details, see the Wednesday announcements.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Featured Resource: This is one of the richest and most informative websites you can find online for learning about Greek mythology. About the name: "theos" is the Greek word for "god," and "theoi" is the plural form, "gods."

Featured Storybook: Lifelong Devotion: Tales of Love at Karva Chauth. This Storybook from last year features love stories told as part of the festival of Karva Chauth. Never heard of Karva Chauth? Then read the Introduction! (It was new to me too - and I love learning new things from the Storybooks like this.)

FREE Kindle eBook: Bhagavad-Gita, translated by Edwin Arnold. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This particular translation of the Gita happens to be the first version of the Gita that Gandhi read in any language, and he always retained a fondness for Arnold's English version as a result. For a different image of Arjuna and Krishna, see below.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Every blade of grass gets its own drop of dew (a Scottish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. It's good to ponder both great things and small things in the world.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna and Krishna. Krishna is singing the Bhagavad-Gita, the "Lord's Song" to Arjuna who is in despair before the Battle of Kurukshetra. For an English translation of the Gita, see above.

Thursday Event on Campus: The OU Trombone Choir's fall concert is at 8 PM in Sharp Hall at Catlett. The concert will feature Jonathan Warburton, a guest soloist from England (details in the OU Daily). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Friday, October 24: United Nations Day. Each year, October 24 is "United Nations Day," commemorating the signing of the United Nations Charter on October 24, 1945. You can read more about the United Nations in this Wikipedia article, and at the United Nations website, The image below shows the flags of many countries flying outside U.N. headquarters in New York City:

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