Thursday, October 16

Today is Thursday of WEEK 9. If you have not turned in your Week 8 Storybook/Portfolio assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in for partial credit, and Thursday morning until noon is also the grace period if you did not finish the Storytelling that was due on Wednesday. And if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Wednesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. I've still got quite a few items left in the Storybook stack. If you turned in an assignment on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Tech Tips. (repeat announcement) For the second half of the semester, I have added some new Tech Tips, so the new "new" items on that list are ones that I have just now added: Tech Tips.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Life Humor: Role-Playing. As you may have guessed from the emphasis on creative writing in these classes, I am a fan of role-playing. After all, in a story you can be anyone... or anything. This cartoon shows why this is a very valuable life skill to master! :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is AURORA, the Roman goddess of the dawn. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Legendary Heroines: The Diary Accounts of Four Courageous Women. In this Storybook, the diaries of four courageous women — Joan of Arc, Cleopatra, Zenobia, and Lady Godiva — speak for themselves.

FREE Kindle eBook: Myths and Legends of the Sioux by Marie McLaughlin. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is one of the sources for the Sioux unit in Myth-Folklore this week. Below is a photograph of the author, Marie McLaughlin, who heard the stories from her Sioux grandmother, Ha-za-ho-ta-win.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The one who is not strong enough to lift the stone must roll it (an Estonian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The poster features one of the stone dwarves of Wrocław in Poland!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Kunti and Pandu, one of the most important royal couples in the Mahabharata.

Thursday Event on Campus: There will be a screening of The Laramie Project at 7PM in Meacham and a discussion afterwards, featuring Special Agent David A. Garrison, FBI OKC, about hate crimes in Oklahoma. (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 16: Oscar Wilde. Today marks the birthday in the year 1854 of the great Irish writer, Oscar Wilde. You can read more about Oscar Wilde's life and career as a writer in this detailed Wikipedia article. Wilde is probably most famous for his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray and his play The Importance of Being Earnest - and also for his conviction in 1895 of "gross indecency" (homosexuality). He spent two years in jail as a result, and died three years after his release from prison, penniless and in self-imposed exile. My favorite works by Oscar Wilde are his fairy tales, which you can read online at SurLaLune. The image below is an illustration by Jessie King for Wilde's fairy tale entitled The Fisherman and His Soul:

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.