Monday, September 22

Today is Monday. Week 5 is now over... and that means the semester is one-third over too! Wow! As of today, Week 6 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish any of the assignments that were due at the end of Week 5. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Asia and Africa, and in Indian Epics the week begins with Hanuman's visit to Lanka. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, the first thing I will do when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. So, after 9AM or so on Monday, you will be able to 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, beginning with the assignments turned in on Friday and Saturday.

Week 6 Internet. The Week 6 Internet assignment will be available on Tuesday, and that will be the pattern for the next two months: the Internet assignment will be available on Tuesday at the start of each week. This is because you will be commenting on other people's Storybooks, so you need to give people a chance to do their Storybook work for the previous week, and then the commenting window opens. I hope you will enjoy visiting each other's Storybooks and Portfolios, and for these semester-long projects, your feedback can be really useful in helping people develop and revise their stories from week to week. I'll have more information about all of that in tomorrow's announcements!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Claws and Clauses. I'm not a fan of Grammarly software, but they do share some great humor at their blog!

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

Featured Storybook: Native American Heroes. The first American heroes were the heroes of Native American legends, like Shining Star and the brothers Thunder and Lightning. Learn about their stories in this Storybook!

FREE Kindle eBook: Japanese Fairy Tales by Yei Theodora Ozaki. 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 source for one of the two Japanese fairy tale units in Myth-Folklore this week!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The smaller the lizard, the greater its hope of becoming a crocodile (an Ethiopian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Even lizards dream big!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Death of Vali. Tara holds her dying husband while their son Angada holds his feet and Hanuman kneels beside him. You can also see the victorious Sugriva talking with Rama off to the side.

Monday Event on Campus: It's FREE COOKIES in the Union at the UPB table on the first floor from 11:30AM-12:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

First Day of Fall. Today, September 22, is the first day of Fall; you can learn more about the astronomical details at The Weather Channel. In the Wiccan "Wheel of the Year," the arrival of Fall is celebrated as the holiday of Mabon, while in the southern hemisphere, it is the corresponding spring holiday of Ostara.

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.