Tuesday, January 13

Today is Tuesday of Orientation Week, and you have assignments that are due today. See below for more information, and I hope you are having fun with the class so far!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blogs and "Favorite Places." Thanks so much to all the people who already created their blogs and posted about their favorite places. You can see the latest Favorite Places Blog Posts if you are curious. Very cool! If you have not done that assignment yet, make sure you do that today, Tuesday. You can find all the week's assignments here: Orientation Week.

Monday announcements. If you did not read Monday's announcements, make sure you take a look at those now too!

Subscribe to announcements by email. There are new announcements every day, and if you want, you can subscribe to the announcements by email. There's a sign-up box in the sidebar of the blog. You'll also see this announcements blog show up as the homepage whenever you log on to the course at D2L.

Working ahead! It's great to see so many people working ahead — one person is already done with Week 2! My advice is definitely to go-go-go and get ahead in this class now before things get busy in your other classes. :-)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Quick Start Guide. There is some great advice here in this Quick Start Guide for Online Students: Time, Project, and Self-Management Tips, and you can read the text of the transcript here. I'm guessing you might find some good advice here for online classes, and for regular classroom-based classes too!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is AVATAR, which means the "descent" of a god from heaven to take on an earthly form. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Karma's Courthouse. Gods and humans alike come before the judgment of Karma in an eerie, otherworldly courtroom. What judgment will Karma pass on Rama, Sita, Maya, and Indra? Are any of the defendants strong enough to challenge Karma's ruling?

FREE eBook: Myths and Legends of All Nations by Logan Marshall. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is available as a free Kindle ebook and in other ebook formats too. It includes one of my favorite Polish legends: the tale of Pan Twardowski!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is For one whose foot is enclosed in a shoe, the whole surface of the earth is covered with leather (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of the hundreds of proverbs in the Indian wisdom book called The Hitopadesha.

Ramayana Image: Today's Ramayana image is Sita, in the form of a puppet from Andra Pradesh on the southeastern coast of India.

Tuesday Event on Campus: There will be free hot chocolate and coffee from 11:30AM-12:30PM in the first floor lobby of the Union (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Finally, I wanted to share something really fun here: Take a Bite! It is a blog by Annie, one of the students in Myth-Folklore this semester — and as you can see, she is a real blog expert! So, I hope you all will have fun with your own blogs in this class, and maybe you will find a fabulous blogging project of your own, as Annie has done!

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.