Thursday, October 23

Today is Thursday of WEEK 10. If you have not turned in your Week 9 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/Portfolio Stack. There are still quite a few items in the Storybook stack. If you turned something in by 8PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me; if you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, it is probably still in the stack. You can check to make sure your assignment is in the stack here.

Grading. Now that we are well into Week 10, you might want to start planning now how you want to finish up the class. For a chart that shows you week by week point totals and other information about the grading system, you can consult this Grading Chart page. Many people take these classes just to get the Gen. Ed. credit, so it's fine with me if you want to finish the class with a grade of "C" when you get 320 points or "B" when you get 360 points (for an "A" you need 410 points). When you have reached the the points required for the grade you want to take, just let me know. As soon as you get the points you need, you are done - you do not need to do any more of the class assignments!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Thesaurus Club.

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

Featured Storybook: If Dragons Took Over the World. In this Storybook, dragons have indeed taken over the world. Learn the story of the dragons' struggle with mankind in the lessons that Teaching-Claws-Firebreath is teaching to his young dragon pupils in Dragon History class.

FREE Kindle eBook: Indian Legends of Vancouver Island by Alfred Carmichael. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. For those of you who read stories from the Pacific Northwest this week in Myth-Folklore, you can find more stories to read here!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The dogs bark, but the caravan goes on (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb of the Kashmiri people.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna and Krishna. Krishna reveals his divinity to Arjuna before the Battle of Kurukshetra.

Thursday Event on Campus: Free WEPA printing on campus today from 11AM-4PM; find out more at (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Diwali 2014. One of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar is Diwali, also known as the "Festival of Lights." The festival takes place over a five-day period, starting today. You can read about all the stories and legends associated with each day of the festival in this Wikipedia article. The word Diwali is a contraction of "Deepavali," which means "row of lamps," and one of the Diwali rituals is the lighting of candles and lamps to symbolize the triumph of good over evil. Those of you in the Indian Epics class might be interested to know that the lighting of these lamps is also associated with the lamps that were lit for Rama in honor of his having defeated Ravana and returning to his kingdom after his years of exile. The image below shows a Divali festival in Chandigarh, India.

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.