Sunday, November 9

Today is Sunday of Week 12. 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

Portfolios/Storybooks. You can check the contents of the stack here, and I'll update the listing at least once or twice over the weekend. If your Storybook/Portfolio assignment will give you the points that allow you to finish up the class, send me a separate email so that I will know to put your assignment at the top of the stack on Monday!

Week 12 UnTextbook Report. (repeat announcement) Thanks as always to the people who filled out the Google Form with your comments and feedback about the British Isles, second week. I've written up the results here: Week 12 UnTextbook Report. I am so glad people enjoyed the stories from the British Isles. Starting next week, you have two weeks to spend in Europe, and I hope you will enjoy those reading selections also. :-)

Finishing up the class. (repeat announcement) After this week (Week 12), there are just three more weeks of school: Weeks 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:

Procrastinator Flowchart. This is actually a useful flow chart which provides some tips for the different types of procrastinators. Me? I'm an avoider. (Full size view.)

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

Featured Storybook: Sky Warrior: A Tournament of Champions. The brave warrior Pyppa does battle with the flying creatures of the gods' arena as each round threatens death in a new form — Medean dragons, the bloodthirsty flying goddesses called Keres, and more. What will she do in order to survive the ordeal?

FREE Kindle eBook: Fables of La Fontaine translated by Elizur Wright. Here is a link to the book at Amazon, and this blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which contains the complete verse fables of La Fontaine in English verse.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The proof of the pudding is in the eating (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I'm glad to prove a pudding at any time!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Vishnu, Lakshmi, Krishna and Radha. These are Hindu girls in a festival in Nepal.

Sunday Event on Campus: There will be a piano recital by Stephen Beus at 3PM in the Sharp Concert Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 9: Howard Pyle. Today, November 9, marks the death in the year 1911 of the American illustrator and author, Howard Pyle. You can read about Howard Pyle's life and career in this Wikipedia article, and you can find a listing of all his books that are online at his Online Books page. Some of you in the Myth-Folklore or the World Literature class may be familiar with Howard Pyle's work, since he is the author of a collection of stories about famous pirates, as well as books about legendary heroes such as Robin Hood and King Arthur. The image below shows one of Howard Pyle's paintings, The Mermaid:

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.