Wednesday, September 3

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 3, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in Desire2Learn so the new week is on top. If you have not turned in your Week 2 Storybook assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diaries (A and B) that were due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Email Problems. For the past few days, OU has been having terrible email problems with Yahoo, Google, and other email providers. I have not seen problems this bad in years! If you are trying to use your OU address to send email to people at Google, Yahoo, etc., your email is probably not being delivered. If you are trying to use your Yahoo (or Google, etc.) email address to send email to people at OU, your email is probably not being delivered. So, you can write me at either address: if you use OU email, write me at; if you use non-OU email, write me at Sorry for the confusion! This used to be a common problem with OU email, but it has not been this bad in a long time. I hope they will get it fixed soon!

Storybook Stack. Especially with these email problems, it is really important to check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. If you do not see your name listed, contact me: that could mean that I never received your email OR that you did not receive my email with the comments. Either problem can be fixed, but you need to let me know that there is a problem! I have read and replied to Storybook assignments turned in on Friday and Saturday; if you turned someone in on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday, it is probably still in the Stack.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Proofreading. It's all a matter of priorities! :-)

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is SHAMPOO, which comes to English from Hindi. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Roaring Lion: Demons and the Desert Fathers. In this Storybook, a man named Adam journeys on a spiritual quest to Saint Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai desert, and, in a series of earthly encounters and heavenly visions, he is transformed.

FREE Kindle eBook: The Ramayana of Valmiki translated by R.T.H. Griffith. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. Griffith renders Valmiki's poem in English verse! The image below shows Valmiki in his anthill.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Failures are the pillars of success (a Welsh proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Building on mistakes is the only way to build!

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is another depiction of Ravana and Jatayu. This is wall art from South Kolkata in India.

Wednesday Event on Campus: Sooner Without Borders will be having their first meeting at 6PM in Felgar Hall, fourth floor; come find out more about international humanitarian community service (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 3. On this day in 1838, the American abolitionist and writer Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery. Douglass died in 1895; as he was born in slavery, he did not know with certainty the year of his birth, but he guessed he was born around 1818. If you have never read his autobiography, I highly recommend that you do so; it is one of the most amazing works of American literature: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. This photograph shows Douglass circa 1850:

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.