Sunday, January 25

Today is Sunday of Week 2, and the Friday/weekend assignments from Week 2 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 yesterday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Assignment Stack.  (repeat announcement) You can check the stack to make sure I received your Storybook assignment; I'll be updating the stack periodically over the weekend. I replied to all the project assignments turned in before Friday, and on Monday I'll start responding to the assignments in the order they were turned in, starting with the ones from Friday.

Pinterest. I hope some of you have tried using Pinterest this week, and there's an extra credit option this week also. You can find class-related materials at other Pinterest Boards (my Boards, the Boards of people in the class), and you can also use Pinterest to bookmark the webpages and images you are finding as you do research for your class project. I've updated the class Pinterest Directory to include everyone's Boards, and if you create more class-related Boards, let me know so I can add them to the list.

Proofreading. (repeat announcement) On Friday, I finished returning comments on all the proofreading assignments, so you should have received an email from me about that. I also replied to all the Introduction posts (I think). If you don't have proofreading comments back from me or if you don't see a comment from me on your Introduction post, let me know!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

29 Ways to Stay Creative. This great graphic is designed by Islam Abudaoud. You can see the full-size infographic here, and it's also been made into a Vimeo video!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is NEMESIS, which was the name of the Greek goddess of vengeance and retribution. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Stories from a Celtic Creature Criminal Court Clerk: Fairy Vice Division. Even mischief-making fairies have rules that must be obeyed, and in this Storybook you will read about those fairy tale criminals who have broken the laws of fairyland. What will the courts decree as punishment for wicked fairies such as Willowflitter, Grumgottels, Rainwasp and Moonsplatter?

FREE eBook: Saints and Friendly Beasts by Abbie Farwell Brown. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book — and yes, this is the book I used as a source for one of the Myth-Folklore UnTextbook units this week!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is No chick ever came from a fried egg (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The Latin proverb rhymes! Ex frixis pullus ovis numquam venit ullus.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is The Monkeys in Battle. As you can see, Rama's monkey allies are ready to fight Ravana's rakshasa army!

January 25: Burns Night. Every year, on January 25, the great Scottish poet is celebrated by people all over the world who gather together to drink and toast one another and to read some of Burns's marvelous poetry! You can read about the tradition of the "Burns Night" or "Burns Supper" in this Wikipedia article, and you can find the poetry of Robert Burns online at the website. He is most famous as the author of the words to "Auld Lang Syne," and the famous phrase "of mice and men" comes from his marvelous poem, "To A Mouse, On Turning Her Up In Her Nest With The Plough." You can read more about Robert Burns in this Wikipedia article, which is also the source for his portrait shown here:

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.