Sunday, November 2

Today is Sunday of Week 11. The blog commenting assignment, along with the Storybook/Portfolio commenting (Internet) assignment and the Storybook/Portfolio assignment, are due today. So, if you have not finished those up already, now is the time! And if you missed them, here's a link to all the announcements so far this week.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Portfolio/Storybook Stack. I don't update the Portfolio/Storybook stack as often on the weekends, but you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice over the weekend. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday evening!

Week 11 UnTextbook Report. Thanks as always to the people who filled out the Google Form with your comments and feedback about the British Isles, first week. I've written up the results here: Week 11 UnTextbook Report. I am curious to see which units people will be choosing in the week to come!

Finishing up the class. (repeat announcement) After this week (Week 11), there are just four more weeks of school: Weeks 12-13-14-15. It's important 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: The Story Coaster. Grant Snider's wonderful poster shows you the ups and downs of a story's plot!

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

Featured Storybook: IE Yoga Studios: Pose Origins Workshop. IE Yoga Studio is offering a new workshop on the origin of yoga poses, with some amazing presenters, starting with the monkey-god Hanuman who will initiate you into the pose that bears his name: Hanumanasana, the monkey pose.

FREE Kindle eBook: Ballads of Robin Hood by Frank Sidgwick. 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 the ballads of Robin Hood here, plus other outlaws like Henry Martyn and Adam Bell.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t stand by the water and long for fish; go home and weave a net (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Good advice for fishing... and for life!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is the Pandavas in Drupada's Court, an illustration in an 18th-century edition of the Mahabharata.

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a Civic Orchestra Concert performance at 8PM in Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 2: All Souls Day. As mentioned in yesterday's announcement, after the holiday of All Saints on November 1 comes the holiday of All Souls on November 2. In many Catholic countries, the two days - November 1 and November 2 - are celebrated together as the Day (or Days) of the Dead, Día de los Muertos in Spanish. This is a traditional time for offering prayers on behalf of the dead, and also for visiting cemeteries and decorating the graves. In Mexico, there is also a tradition of Catrina dolls, as you can see here, an art form associated with the satirical sketches of José Guadalupe Posada:

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.