Monday, March 24

WELCOME BACK, everybody - and I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break! Today is Monday and Week 9 of the class is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you forgot to do any of the assignments that were due at the end of Week 9. Week 10 will begin tomorrow,  and those assignments are available now if you want to get a head start!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the break. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I will be reading and replying to the assignments in the order they were turned in; please check to make sure that I received your assignment!

Writing Center.
 In addition to the writing you are doing for this class, you are probably now working on end-of-semester writing projects in your other classes, too. Whether you are struggling with the overall organization of your writing or whether you have questions about writing mechanics (especially punctuation), or even if you just need some tips on hlearning ow to proofread your work, the tutors at the Writing Center can help. For hours and services, visit the Writing Center website.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Text Resource: Sur La Lune Fairy Tales. This website has over 40 beautifully formatted ebooks for your reading pleasure; it's one of my all-time favorite websites.

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is ginger which comes to English from Sanskrit. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Titan Tales. In Kelby's Storybook this semester, you get to listen in on the therapy session of the four Titan brothers: Atlas, Prometheus, Epimetheus and Menoetius.

FREE Kindle eBook: Household Tales by Brothers Grimm translated by Margaret Hunt. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You probably will recognize quite a few stories listed in the table of contents... but there will be at least a hundred or more that are probably new to you.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If you are afraid to wet your feet, you will never catch fish (an Armenian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is true for both literal and metaphorical fishing!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Krishna and the Pandavas. You can see that Bhima is much larger than his four other brothers!

Monday Event on Campus: FREE t-shirts from the Union Programming Board, just in time for spring - first floor lobby of the Union, 11:30AM - 12:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 24: Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Today marks the birthday in the year 1919 of the American poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who is probably most famous as the founder of the City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco. You can read more about him in this Wikipedia article. The City Lights Bookstore was a regular place of pilgrimage for me back in the 1980s and 1990s and it is still going strong... as is Mr. Ferlingetti, who turns 95 years old this year. Happy birthday, Lawrence Ferlinghetti!

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