Saturday, October 25

Today is Saturday of Week 10. I hope you are having a nice weekend! If you did not finish up the end-of-week assignments on Friday, you can do that this weekend — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Friday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Portfolios/Storybooks. I managed to get through all the assignments turned in before Friday! If you turned something in on Friday, it will be at the top of the stack on Monday. You can check the contents of the stack here, and I'll update the listing at least once or twice over the weekend.

Finishing up the class. After Week 10, there are just five more weeks of school: Weeks 11-12-13-14-15. It's a good idea to make a plan now for finishing up the class, i.e. choosing what assignments you want to work on, deciding on how many stories you want to include in your Portfolio or Storybook, etc. If you have questions about any of that, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Resource: Plain Language. Did you know the U.S. government has a website dedicated to the use of plain language? It's called

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

Featured Storybook: Deep into the Forest of the Brothers Grimm. Many stories in the Brothers Grimm involve forests. What is all those different stories were about the same forest, and one great adventure that takes place deep inside that forest...?

FREE Kindle eBook: The Nursery Rhyme Book by Andrew Lang. 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 the nursery rhymes unit coming up in Myth-Folklore!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is As you make your bed, so you must lie on it (a French proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The French version is "Comme on fait son lit, on se couche."

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Bhishma on the Bed of Arrows as he chooses his time to die.

Saturday Event on Campus: There will be a Screenwriting Workshop from 10AM - 12PM in Gaylord Hall 1140 with Professors Andy Horton and J. Madison Davis (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 25: Picasso. Today, October 25, marks the birthday in 1881 of the artist Pablo Picasso, who died in 1973. You can read about his life and career in this Wikipedia article. In addition to being a painter, Picasso was also a sculptor; the image below shows a sculpture called "Head of a Woman," cast by Picasso, which is on the Princeton University campus:

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.