Wednesday, February 5

*** UPDATE: It's now 7:30PM and Desire2Learn is back online. I have EXTENDED the Wednesday assignments so that you will have all day on Thursday to complete them. My apologies for the inconvenience! Apparently OU email is not back online yet, but hopefully it will be soon.

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 4. If you have not turned in your Week 3 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the assignments that were due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the large stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before Sunday at 2PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Your announcements. If you are involved in any campus or local event that you would like me to include in the announcements, please let me know — I will be glad to do that! Send an email with details, along with a link to additional information online and/or a publicity poster. There is so much going on that does not show up in the OU Calendar, so I'm glad to know about any good events coming up that might be of interest to people in these classes!

You really can call me Laura! (repeat announcement) As I mentioned before, you really can call me Laura. No need to be formal and call me Dr. Gibbs, and since I'm not a professor, that title is actually not correct (more about that here). In any case, since I'm on a first-name basis with all of you, please do the same and just call me Laura.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Image Resource: Especially for those of you working with fairy-tale-themed Storybooks, you might find the Art Passions website to be a useful image source!

Writing Resource: Grammar Girl. One of the best "go-to" resources for when you have a question about English grammar, spelling, punctuation, or usage is Grammar Girl, a.k.a. Mignon Fogarty:

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is punch, another word that comes to English from India! For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Roaring Lion: Demons and the Desert Fathers. In this Storybook, a man named Adam journeys on a spiritual quest to Saint Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai desert, and in a series of earthly encounters and heavenly visions, he is transformed.

FREE Kindle eBook: A Hundred Fables of La Fontaine by Percy J. Billinghurst. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. The fables of Jean de La Fontaine (1621-1695), based largely on the fables of Aesop, are one of the treasures of world literature!

Words of Wisdom: Today's poster is Books: the children of the brain (Jonathan Swift). Details at the Proverb Lab. Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish writer who is best known today for his novel Gulliver's Travels.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Maricha and Subahu; you can also see Rama, with Lakshmana by his side, ready to challenge them in battle.

Wednesday Event on Campus: The OM: Find Your Calm program is starting with "Yoga Essentials" at Huffman today, 8AM - 9AM in Studio B (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.