Saturday, February 8

Today is Saturday of Week 4. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you need to do that today or tomorrow, Sunday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Alternate Email Addresses. (repeat announcement) As the OU D2L and email outage showed on Wednesday, life can get complicated when email stops working. Since the folks at IT are not yet sure what caused the outage, I'm worried that we might have another one. So, it might come in handy if I had an alternate email address from each of you that I could use in case of a prolonged OU email outage. I've created a Google Form to collect the addresses. If you have a minute, please fill out the online form here: Alternate Email Address Form.

New Blog Groups. (repeat announcement) This week I did a reshuffling of the blog groups. The groups are random, but you should have at least one new person in your group and hopefully there will be two new people. There is also a "Getting to Know You" extra credit option so you can read the Introductions and another previous blog post for the new people in your groups! You'll see the instructions for that included in the regular assignment.

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, turn your work in today or on Sunday morning. If you wait until Sunday evening, you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you. Next week is probably the single busiest week of the semester, so getting your work turned in early is definitely a good idea if you don't want to have to wait for comments until late in the week or possibly even the next weekend.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Diary Style. Some of you are using diary style for your Storybook, and it can be a good style for your blog posts too; this page can give you some ideas for the many different ways to approach a diary-style story.

Storytelling: To Persuade People, Tell Them a Story. This wonderful little article in the Wall Street Journal advocates storytelling... NOT Powerpoint!

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is museum, which comes to us from the Greek Muses, the goddesses of art and knowledge. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Post Secret Sanskrit. This collection of Post Secret stories, together with postcards, is told by the Panchakanya, the five women of the epics: Ahalya, Draupadi, Kunit, Tara, and Mandodari.

FREE Kindle eBook: Stories from the Greek Tragedians by Alfred Church. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You will find many famous mythological characters here, including Medea, Hercules, and Agamemnon, among others.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The chariot will not move upon a single wheel (a Sanskrit proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This particular proverb comes from the story collection known as the Hitopadesha.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows the wedding of Rama and Sita. This is the illustration in a book entitled Nine Ideal Indian Women.

Saturday Event on Campus: Tonight is the night of the Pink and Black Ball in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom of the Union, 8PM-12AM. All proceeds go to the Women's Outreach Center's breast health education programs (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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