Sunday, March 30

Today is Sunday of Week 10. The Read and Respond assignment, along with the Internet assignment and Storybook assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time.

Class Procedures and Reminders:

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, don't wait until Sunday evening. If you wait until Sunday evening or the Monday grace period (or later), you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you.

Storybook Schedule. As you decide just how you want to finish up the semester, here is a general guideline to keep in mind: if you want to have four stories total in your Storybook by the time you are done, you need to turn in your third story either in Week 10 (this week) or in Week 11. If, however, you are going to finish up with just three stories total in your Storybook, you can turn in that third story in Week 10, Week 11, Week 12 or Week 13, based on what works best for you.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Humor Resource: Star Wars Retold (not very well). As you all are learning in this class, re-telling a story is not an easy or obvious thing. Just for fun, here is someone retelling Star Wars. What details does she remember? And what does she forget? It's fun to see what she knows and does not know about the Star Wars story.

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

Featured Storybook: IE Yoga Studios: Pose Origins. In Hillary's Storybook for Indian Epics this semester, you can learn about the yoga poses that are named after Hanuman, Garuda, and other characters from the Hindu tradition.

FREE Kindle eBook: Russian Fairy Tales by W.R.S. Ralston. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. There are some great stories in here, including the story of the famous witch known as Baba Yaga!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t stand by the water and long for fish; go home and weave a net (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. In other words, you cannot get something just by wishing for it; you need to DO something. :-)

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Ganesha, the elephant-headed god who wrote down the Mahabharata as it was dictated to him by Vyasa.

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a piano concert by Jonathan Shames at 3PM in Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 30: Maxfield Parrish. Today marks the anniversary of the death of the American illustrator, Maxfield Parrish, who was born in 1870 and lived a very long life indeed; he died in 1966. You have probably encountered some Parrish illustrations if you are in the Myth-Folklore class class because he did famous illustrations for many classic works of literature, including collections of fairy tales and folktales. You can read about Parrish's life and career in this Wikipedia article, and the Art Passions website has an extensive gallery of his work; the image below is an illustration for Puss in Boots:

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