Saturday, August 30

Today is Saturday of Week 2. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you need to do that today or tomorrow, Sunday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Introductions. I had such a good time reading and replying to the Introductions! I think I managed to get to all of them, and I will double-check this weekend to make sure that I did get to everybody. I noticed that some of you still have the word verification turned on, so please review the information about Blogger Comment settings; if you set the comments to Google Accounts only, you can safely turn off word verification (that's been my experience anyway; if you do run into spam as a result, get in touch with me, and we can figure out what other settings might work).

Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically throughout the long weekend. I got through everything turned in on Thursday and most of the Storybooks turned in on Friday. On Tuesday, I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in, starting with the ones from Friday.

Monday: Labor Day. (repeat announcement) Monday is the Labor Day holiday. That means the Week 2 Friday/weekend assignments will have their grace period on Tuesday morning, rather than on Monday morning, and it also means Reading Diary A of Week 3 will be due on Tuesday... but Reading Diary B is also due on Tuesday as usual. So, please be careful with that: if you put everything off until Tuesday, you will have so much to do. If you did not finish the Week 2 assignments on Friday, you need to do that this weekend; the grace period, as always, is for unexpected emergencies, life's crazy surprises, etc.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Grammar Humor: Less v. Fewer. It's a medieval grammar LOL!

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are NAVAL and NAVEL. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Stories from a Celtic Creature Criminal Court Clerk: Fairy Vice Division. Even mischief-making fairies have rules that must be obeyed, and in this Storybook you will read about those fairy tale criminals who have broken the laws of fairyland. What will the courts decree as punishment for wicked fairies such as Willowflitter, Grumgottels, Rainwasp, and Moonsplatter?

FREE Kindle eBook: Jewish Fairy Tales and Legends by Gertrude Landa. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is one of the reading units in Myth-Folklore you can choose for Week 3... and yes, the story of Og, the unicorn and Noah's ark is part of the unit!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is No chick ever came from a fried egg (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. And since some of you know Latin, here you go — it rhymes, too! Ex frixis PULLUS ovis numquam venit ULLUS.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Departure from Ayodhya. This is a Kangra painting of the early 19th century.

Saturday Event on Campus: Godzilla strikes again, with free showing at Meacham at 6PM, 9PM and midnight (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

August 30: Birthday of Mary Shelley. August 30, marks the birthday in 1797 of the famous English writer, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (she is the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft, who wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Woman). Mary Shelley is best known for her novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus, published in 1818. I'm sure you are all familiar with Frankenstein and his monster; Prometheus, meanwhile, was the Greek Titan who created human beings out of clay (he is also famous for having stolen fire to give it as a gift to humanity). You can read more about Mary Shelley in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for this portrait of Shelley painted in 1840 by Richard Rothwell:

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