Friday, April 18

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 13! 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:

New Responding Groups. The blog responding groups have been shuffled around this week one last time before the end of the semester, so be sure to check on who is in your group! The blog responding gets really chaotic at the end of the semester since it is getting harder and harder to predict just who is participating in which assignments, but I hope everybody will have some good blog posts to read while also getting comments on your new posts.

Storybook Stack. I'm still working my way through the stack of Storybook assignments that people have turned in this week. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here. If you turned something in on Monday or during the week, it is probably still in the stack. I will do my best to get through the stack on Friday, but if you turned something in late for Week 12, I might not have comments for you until Saturday.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Online Etymology Dictionary. If you are curious about words (as I am!), this website is the best place to begin an investigation of word origins!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is SATURNINE, a personality type (gloomy and morose) that is named for the god (and planet) Saturn. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Arthurian Women. In Moira's Storybook, you can hear from a handmaiden in the court of Camelot the true stories of Guinevere, the Lady of Shalott, Morgan le Fay, and the most mysterious of all: the Lady of the Lake.

FREE Kindle eBook: Aino Folktales by Basil Hall Chamberlain. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. The Ainu (Aino) are an indigenous people of northern Japan; you can read more about them at Wikipedia.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. You may not keep chickens and you may never have seen an egg hatch, but I'm guessing you have heard this famous proverb before!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Vishnu, as he manifests himself to Arjuna before the battle.

Friday Event on Campus: There will a free showings of the movie Her in Meacham at 6PM, 9PM and midnight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Good Friday. The Easter calendar varies from year to year. This year, Easter Sunday will be celebrated on Sunday, April 20, and today, the Friday before Easter, is known as Good Friday. In many countries, there are "Hot Cross Buns" which are eaten on Good Friday, decorated with the sign of the cross. Not surprisingly, there are various superstitious about this special holiday bread, and you can read more about that at Wikipedia. One of the beliefs about Hot Cross Buns is that if you share a Hot Cross Bun with someone on Good Friday, you will enjoy friendship with them all year long, provided that you say this charm: "Half for you and half for me / Between us two shall goodwill be."

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