Wednesday, October 9

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 8. If you have not turned in your Week 7 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. There are still quite a few Storybook assignments in the stack and I am making my way through them in the order that they were turned in. If you turned something in by 3PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check and make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 8 Internet assignment. (repeat announcement) The Week 8 Internet assignment is now available. Once again, you will be commenting on the Storybooks that already have at least one story available for you to read. Most of the Storybooks have at least one story now, since many folks who did not publish a story in Week 6 published their first story last week. Plus, there's an extra credit option this week - you can visit the Storybooks in the other class and find a story to read!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Suggestion Box. You might have noticed the link in the right-hand sidebar of these announcements to the anonymous Suggestion Box. This is a way for you to share feedback with me about the class - what's going well, what I could improve, etc. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you can offer!

Featured Storybook: Homer and Garden Television. Natalie in Myth-Folklore has come up with a wonderful way of retelling some ancient Greek myths: welcome to Homer and Garden Television! And the first episode is about Persephone, Renovation Goddess...

FREE Kindle eBook: South African Folk-Lore Tales by S. Metelerkamp and C. Penstone. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This stories are written with some dialect words and phrases from Afrikaans, so be sure to check the glossary in the front.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Look before you leap (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb is still well known even today... and it is still very good advice!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama, Lakshmana and Sita during their time of exile in the forest.

Wednesday Event on Campus: There will be a Percussion Studio Chamber Recital at 8PM in Pitman Recital Hall in Catlett (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 9: Leif Erikson Day. This holiday honors Leif Erikson, the Norse explorer who is believed to be the first European to have come to North America, an event that took place around the year 1000. The Norsemen did not create permanent settlements in North America, but instead they came in search of furs and lumber which were not as abundant in Greenland, where they had settled. You can read more about the Norse colonization of North America and also about Leif Erikson at Wikipedia. The image below is a statue of Erikson at the state capitol of Minnesota in St. Paul.

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