Wednesday, August 20

Today is Wednesday of Orientation Week. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the assignments that were due on Tuesday. So, you need to make sure you get those assignments turned in; the Orientation Week assignments are required if you want to remain in the class. If you have questions about any of that or about the class in general, please get in touch! (OU email address:

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blog comments. Thanks to everybody for the "favorite places" posts! I'm still reading through those and making comments; I don't comment on all the blog posts, but since this is everybody's first post, and since the "favorite places" are so much fun to learn about, I'm trying to comment on all of those. You'll be reading and commenting on each other's blog posts later this week; you can find out more about how that will work here: Blog comments.

Your announcements for the class. If you are involved in campus activities that you want me to help publicize, please let me know. I'll be glad to include them here in the class announcements! Send me specific information about day-time-location, and also a link to a webpage or any additional online information you have about the group or activity.

Call me Laura! Really! I know that it can be confusing when different classes work differently in terms of formality, names, etc. — but you really can call me Laura, and I've written up this blog post to explain that I am not a professor... so "Professor Gibbs" would not be me. But you can just call me Laura!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Word Humor: Let's eat Grandma. I've got a collection of "Let's eat Grandma" graphics, and this one is my favorite! :-)

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are DESERT and DESSERT. For details about this common word mix-up, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Mermaids: An Eternal World of Waters. Inside a mysterious grotto on the ocean's shore, Lydia finds a tattered book, adorned with pearls and clamshells — a magical book which "shows" her the dramatic stories of Melusina and other famous mermaids.

FREE Kindle eBook: Hindu Gods and Heroes by Lionel Barnett. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book; it contains a survey of the Hindu religious tradition in antiquity, along with an overview of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is A book that remains shut is but a block (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The solution...? Open your books!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image shows Rama and Lakshmana, the two brothers who are the heroes of the Ramayana. Rama, as often, is blue.

Wednesday Event on Campus: It's the first "Waffles for Writers" in the Writing Center, 280 Wagner, 9AM-11AM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Note: You can page back through older blog posts to see any announcements you might have missed, and you can check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.