Monday, April 7

Today is Monday. Week 11 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!

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 weekend or on Monday morning. I'll update the stack on Monday morning around 9AM, and you can then 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.

Gradebook Declarations. Some of you are under a lot of pressure at the end of the semester with projects and tests in your other classes. So please, if you do not have time to fully complete one of the assignments for this class, just skip it and make up the points later - that is not a problem at all! To be sure you work is complete, read each Declaration carefully. There are penalties for making false Gradebook Declarations, and if you are not clear about this, check the Honor Code for this class. Your Gradebook Declarations need to be accurate and honest; the whole grading system in this class depends on it.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Learning Humor: Maslow's Hierarchy of Zombie Needs. I'm sure those of you who are psychology or education majors have encountered Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, and even if you don't know Maslow, you can still appreciate these zombie needs!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is HERCULEAN, from the name of the hero Hercules For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Quest for the Manuscripts of Hercules. To go along with the mythology word today, here is Shane's Hercules Storybook for this semester, in which you meet a modern-day Hercules battling the ancient giants all over again.

FREE Kindle eBook: More English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is the second volume of Jacobs's English fairy tales, and it contains the famous story of The Pied Piper, along with many others!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Another's pain is without meaning; only the one who suffers it knows what it is like (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb from Kashmir!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Nala and Damayanti, just at the moment when Nala decides to leave her in the forest.

Monday Event on Campus: There will be a harp ensemble performance at 8PM in the Pitman Recital Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 7: Ravi Shankar. Today is the birthday of the amazing Indian musician, Ravi Shankar, one of the modern masters of the sitar. He was born in 1920, and he died in 2012. You can read about Ravi Shankar's life and career at his official website (with audio!) and in this Wikipedia article, which is the source for this photo of Ravi Shankar with George Harrison of the Beatles, back in 1967. You can also find some great Ravi Shankar videos at - such as this wonderful video of Shankar's appearance on the Dick Cavett show. He left us with much beautiful music!

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