Tuesday, March 4

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 8, and I've re-arranged the Quiz area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. Also, the Internet assignment for this week is now available. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is African stories, and in Indian Epics it is a review week for the Ramayana. I hope you will enjoy the readings! If you have not turned in your Week 7 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit.

Campus Opening at 10AM. Because of the winter weather, campus will be opening at 10AM on Tuesday. There's no grace period going on Tuesday morning, so I haven't made any adjustments to the class schedule. If you do have to be out and about on Tuesday, stay safe! :-)

Class Procedures and Reminders:

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week there are LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something in on Friday or Saturday morning, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in later on Saturday or on Sunday or Monday, it is probably still in the stack. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Week 8 Internet assignment. The Week 8 Internet assignment is now available. Once again, you will be commenting on the Storybooks that already have at least one STORY available for you to read. Plus, there's an extra credit option this week you can visit the Storybooks in the other class and find a story to read!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Storytelling Resource. After the Academy Awards this weekend, I thought I would share this great storytelling experiment by the great Polish cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (he's won Oscars for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan). In this marvelous series of 11 short - VERY short - films, he manages to tell an entire story in just a minute or so and with only a very few words. Amazing! You can see all 11 films here: Making a Scene. My person favorite is this one starring the wonderful actor Forest Whitaker, with a line from Greta Gerwig. Here it is at YouTube:

Writing Resource: Newspaper Article Tool. I thought you might enjoy this fun tool for creating a faux newspaper article. You paste in the name of the newspaper, the date, the headline, and the text and it generates a graphic image that looks like a folded-up newspaper with that article visible! Here’s one I created based on the Aesop’s fable of “The Belly and the Members.” For any of you who use newspaper style for a blog post, this is a fun way to generate your image!

Foreign Words in English: Today's foreign word in English is jungle, which comes to English from the Hindi jangal. The word is actually quite a recent addition to English, dating to the 19th century. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Husbands of Draupadi. In Casey’s new Storybook for Indian Epics this semester, Nalayani (Draupadi’s previous incarnation) has gone online at ShivaMingle, “your site for love in the next life,” where she will indeed find the five husbands of her dreams! Marvelous!

FREE Kindle eBook: Folk Stories from Southern Nigeria by Elphinstone Dayrell. 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 fabulous stories in here; one of my favorites is “The Elephant and the Tortoise.” :-)

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is It is not economical to go to bed early to save the candles if the result is twins (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is another one of those proverbs warning us about unintended consequences!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Rama and Hanuman. This is a photograph of a Ramlila dramatization of the Ramayana.

Tuesday Event on Campus: There will be a session on Stress Relief in Huston Huffman, 10:30AM - 11:20PM, as part of the “OM: Find Your Calm” series (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 4: Mardi Gras. Today is the Catholic holiday called "Fat Tuesday," or Mardi Gras in French, a traditional time of celebration before the Lenten fast begins on Ash Wednesday. You can read about the holiday of Mardi Gras in Wikipedia and for a great mixture of Mardi Gras and mythology, I highly recommend the Brazilian film Black Orpheus — this wonderful film is set in Rio during the extravagant Mardi Gras Carnival which is held there every year:

Here is a scene from the movie, courtesy of YouTube:

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