Sunday, November 10

Today is Sunday of Week 12. 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.

Storybook Schedule. As you decide just how you want to finish up the semester, here is a general guideline to keep in mind: if you want to add one more story to your Storybook, you must do that either this week (Week 12) or next week (Week 13). The last week to add a new story to your Storybook is Week 13 because the last two weeks of the semester are reserved for final revisions.

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: I Am Not my Brother's Sister . If you are curious about the folk legend of "changelings," you can find no better way to explore that topic than Shelby's wonderful Storybook for this semester.

FREE Kindle eBook: Mahabharata, Vol 4-7 by K.M. Ganguli. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is the second book of the multi-book edition of Ganguli's translation; this book contains the Virata Parva, Udyoga Parva, Bhishma Parva, and Drona Parva.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Time and tide wait for no man (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I love the sound-play (time-tide) in this famous English proverb.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Vishnu, Lakshmi with Krishna and Radha. These are Hindu girls in costume in Nepal; you can see Krishna holding the flute, with Radha to his left, with Vishnu and Lakshmi behind.

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a matinee showing of the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "Carousel" at 3PM in the Weitzenhoffer Theater (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 10: Neil Gaiman. Today marks the birthday in 1960 of the genius writer, Neil Gaiman. You can find out about Neil Gaiman's life and very prolific career in this Wikipedia article. My very favorite of all his books is American Gods - it is one of the most ingenious adaptations of traditional legends and myths that you will ever read! Happy birthday, Neil Gaiman!

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