Sunday, March 29

Today is Sunday of Week 10. The blog commenting assignment, along with the Project commenting and the Project 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 yesterday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I periodically update the Project stack over the weekend, so you can check there to make sure I received your assignment; I'll update it at least once or twice today. If you want comments back on your assignment sooner rather than later, don't wait until Sunday evening. If you wait until Sunday evening or the Monday grace period, you will be farther down in the stack and will have to wait longer for my comments back to you. That will be especially true in this coming week as I will be out of the office on Tuesday having my wisdom teeth pulled (eeeeek!).

Indian Epics: Weeks 11-14. There's a twist in the reading routine for Indian Epics in Weeks 11-14 so that you will be choosing what you want to read: Buck's Mahabharata (for four weeks) OR four one-week long reading options from the Myth-Folklore class. This is like the two-week choice period you had earlier back in Weeks 6 and 7, but this time the choice period lasts for four weeks. You should have a good idea now if you want to read Buck's book ($12 in the OU Bookstore), or whether you would prefer to explore some other Indian storytelling traditions instead. It's your choice! :-)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Role-Playing. As you may have guessed from the emphasis on creative writing in these classes, I am a fan of role-playing. After all, in a story you can be anyone... or anything.

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

Featured Storybook: Tales of Kailasa. In this Storybook, you get to meet the mountain Kailasa and listen to him as he shares his stories with Shiva, the mountain's most famous resident.

FREE eBook: Legends of Ma-ui by W. D. Westervelt. This blog post provides additional information about this collection of Hawaiian folklore and mythology.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is As you make your bed, so you must lie on it (a French proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb you will find in many different languages!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Dhritarashtra and Bhima's Statue, in a dramatic moment after the end of the Battle of Kurukshetra.

Sunday Event on Campus: Jonathan Nichol will give a saxophone performance at 8PM in the Pitman Recital Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 29: Palm Sunday. The holiday of Easter is a "movable feast" in the Christian calendar, changing each year because of the lunar calendar. This year, Easter Sunday falls on April 5, which means that today is Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter when Jesus entered Jerusalem, as you can see in the painting by Lorenzetti below. The name of the holiday comes from the palm branches that the people scattered in front of Jesus as he entered the city:

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.