Monday, March 3

Today is Monday. Week 7 is now over. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the assignments that were due on Friday or over the weekend. The next week of class will begin tomorrow — and those assignments are available now if you want to get started!

CAMPUS CLOSED. Campus is closed on Monday because of winter weather. Since you don’t have anything due in this class on Monday, I haven’t made any schedule changes. I hope everybody can stay warm and dry, taking a break and drinking some hot cocoa. Be safe!

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Spring Enrollment. Enrollment will be starting soon for Fall classes, and the online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Fall, please let me know by noon this Thursday at the latest so that I can save you a space in the class for Fall.

Storybook stack. 
As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. 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. It is really important to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack. Especially during these revision weeks, I have no way of knowing that you have completed the assignment except for the email that you send me.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Watch out for IT. This is another one of those “short and sweet” writing strategies that you can use to purge your writing of impersonal constructions, while also reducing the number of passive verbs.

Featured Resource: Art by Anirudh Sainath. These contemporary works of art depict the gods of the Indian tradition using the style of comic books and video games, very different from the traditional iconography, but still very recognizable. Here is Rama, riding Hanuman into battle:

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are SEW and SOW (not to be confused with the other “sow” that rhymes with “now”). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Why the Bee Stays Busy: Lessons Learned from Laziness. Katie’s new Storybook for Myth-Folklore this semester contains fables about laziness written in a mixture of poetry and prose.

FREE Kindle eBook: Oral Literature in Africa by Ruth Finnegan. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Most of the free Kindle books are pre-1923 public domain books, but this is a quite recent book - first published in 1970 - which was “made free” thanks to user contributions to buy out the copyright.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Life's not all beer and skittles (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Skittles here refers to the bowling game, not to the candy. :-)

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama and his family. Sita sits on Rama's lap, with Lakshmana and Hanuman on Rama's right, and Bharata and Shatrughna on his left.

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a symposium on “Putin's Winter Games: Activism, Nationalism, and the Media at the Sochi Olympics” at 12PM in Zarrow Hall’s Rhyne Room (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 3: Hinamatsuri. Today, March 3, is the Hinamatsuri holiday in Japan, the "Doll Festival," which is a festival of good luck for young girls. You can read more about the holiday in this Wikipedia article, or in this article at This image shows a Hinamatsuri doll displayed at the festival in 2005 in the city of Kounos, near Tokyo:

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