Friday, March 28

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 10! The Read and Respond assignment (blog commenting) is available now. Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the assignments that were due on Thursday.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

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

NEW RESPONDING GROUPS. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around this week, and I hope you will enjoy getting to meet new people in the class (or perhaps reconnect with someone from earlier in the semester). If somehow I've accidentally left anybody off the list, please let me know. This is done completely at random, so you may be with someone you have been in a group with before, or you may have all new people - that is the magic of randomness! 

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in. I've replied to all the Storybooks turned in on Sunday, but the ones that came in during the grace period or later might still be in the stack. You can check the contents of the stack here. A lot of people are working ahead now and trying to finish up, though, so I might not get back to everybody until Saturday morning, but hopefully I can finish on Friday!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Online Resource: Randomizer Tool. As you may have guessed from various activities in this class that I create with randomizer tools, I'm a big believer in the power of random!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is FRIDAY, which comes from the name of the Germanic goddess Frigg, wife of Odin. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Constellation Stories: Facts or Myths?. Amber's Storybook from this semester provides a mysterious interplanetary dimension to the ancient Greek stories of the constellations.

FREE Kindle eBook: Kalidasa's Shakuntala by Arthur Ryder. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. In addition to Shakuntala, it includes a play about the apsarasa Urvashi, too!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If my heart be narrow, what avail to me that the world is large? (an Armeian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb about the world outside and the world "inside," what you might call the microcosmos.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Bhima Fighting Duryodhana, one of the most dramatic moments of the Battle of Kurukshetra.

Friday Event on Campus: The 2014 Puterbaugh Lecture by Andrés Neuman will take place in Meacham Auditorium at 11AM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 28: Marc Chagall. Today marks the anniversary of the death of the painter Marc Chagall in 1985; he was born in 1887. Chagall is one of my very favorite modern painters! You can read more about his life and work in this Wikipedia article. He used beautiful colors and curves to create amazing dreamscapes combining motifs from the Jewish tradition and from other religious and mythological traditions as well. The painting below is entitled Les Fiancés de la tour Eiffel.

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