Wednesday, October 22

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 10. If you have not turned in your Week 9 Storybook/Portfolio assignment yet, you may still do that for partial credit, and Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday — and if you missed them yesterday, here's a link to Tuesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook Stack. As usual at the beginning of the week, there are still LOTS of Storybook assignments in the stack. If you turned something before 6PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Sunday evening or during this week, it 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.

Finishing up the class: Storybooks. (repeat announcement) There is no absolute requirement about the number of stories in a finished Storybook or Portfolio. Based on your strategy for winding up the class, you can finish your Storybook with just three stories or even just two stories if you want — it is up to you, and the same with the Portfolio. So, especially if you have been working ahead and/or doing extra credit, you might want to come up with your plan for finishing up the class, based on what assignments you like best. There is more information about grading and finishing the class here.

Indian Epics: Weeks 11-14. (repeat announcement) After finishing Narayan's Mahabharata this week, for Weeks 11-14 you will have a choice of what to read: Buck's Mahabharata OR Indian reading units from the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook. I've put up some information here that I hope will be helpful: Indian Epics Reading Choice.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Internet Resource: History of Social Media. Although it only goes up to 2012 and there are lots of services not shown here, this History of Social Media infographic is still very useful. You can see a larger view here.

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

Featured Storybook: Magical Mermaid Tales. Walking along the ocean's shore, Estelle discovers a shell — and it is no ordinary shell. Inside that shell are the secret stories of the mermaids, tales of love and heartbreak, gratitude and vengeance, emotions as deep as the sea itself.

FREE Kindle eBook: Wigwam Evenings - Sioux Folk Tales by C. Eastman and E. G. Eastman. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. You will find here stories of the Sioux trickster Unktomee, animal tales, and other traditional legends.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Your fingers can’t be of the same length (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb whose meaning you can meditate on every time you look at your own hands!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Krishna and the Pandavas. Bhima is the big guy there in the back of course!

Wednesday Event on Campus: It is opening night of the Neustadt Festival with a reception and live music in the Beaird Lounge of the Union, 6:30PM - 8:30PM. There will also be readings by Neustadt Prize winner Mia Couto (from Mozambique) along with some Oklahoma writers, including poet laureate Nathan Brown (event details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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.