Friday, April 10

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 12! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish Thursday's work, and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available now — and if you missed them, here's a link to Thursday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I've read and replied to all the projects turned in on Sunday, and now I am working on the projects turned in on Monday and later. I hope to get through the stack today, replying to anything turned in before Friday. If I don't finish up today, I'll finish Saturday morning. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Blog Responding. The blog responding groups are ready to go! If you don't have a Storytelling post for Week 12, you are not in a group, so you have free choice for the blog responding: you can choose two people at random from any of the groups, or you can check in with someone you've met in the course whose name you see there.

Storybook Passes. Now that we are so near the end of the semester, I've marked everybody's remaining Storybook passes. That should help you as you calculate the points you need to finish the class (you get the passes regardless of whether you skip a week or not).

The following items are for fun and exploration:

United States of Horror Movies. In this "United States of Horror Movies," Oklahoma is represented by Terror at Tenkiller. To our north is Near Dark and, naturally, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre to our south.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is FRIDAY, from the Germanic goddess of married love, Frigg, the wife of Odin (who gave his name to "Wednesday"). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Three Goddesses and their Birds. At this slumber party, the stories are not about princesses from fairy tales but about the goddesses of ancient Greece and their distinctive bird companions.

FREE eBook: Kalidasa's Shakuntala by Arthur Ryder. This blog post provides additional information about the plays you will find in this book, most notably the famous story of Shakuntala.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Your fingers can’t be of the same length (a Chinese proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Not the same length... but they are all useful!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Vishnu, Lakshmi, Krishna and Radha as portrayed by costumed Hindu girls in Nepal.

Thursday Event on Campus: Come learn about Turkey from a Turkish tour guide. Highlights: Istanbul's Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, and the Suleyman the Magnificent Mosque (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. The Istanbul skyline is so beautiful!

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.