Sunday, April 5

Today is Sunday of Week 11. 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.

Finishing up the class. (repeat announcement) After this week (Week 11), there are just four more weeks of school: Weeks 12-13-14-15. 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:

Writing Tip: What Causes Creativity. I hope this class can help you with all these ways to discover your creative powers!

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is NIRVANA, which is a Sanskrit word. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Shadows of the Ishvara: A Search for the Truth. Where are the gods in the modern world? In this Storybook a young man in possession of a sword inscribed with the word "TRUTH" goes on a quest for the gods, meeting Brahma, Vishnu, Yama and, finally, Shiva.

FREE eBook: The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which also features wonderful illustrations by the author.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t put all your eggs in one basket (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This advice applies to Easter Egg hunts... and to other life endeavors!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Arjuna at Draupadi's swayamwara. You can see the fish at the top of the target if you look closely!

Easter Sunday. Today is Easter Sunday, and I wanted to share the legend of the dogwood, especially since the dogwoods are now in bloom. The legend says that the dogwood tree was once as tall and strong as an oak, and the wood of the mighty dogwood tree was used for the cross of Jesus. The dogwood grieved to be used for such a purpose, so Jesus took pity on the dogwood. From then on, the dogwood tree became short and twisted so that its wood could never again be used to make a cross, and the dogwood flowers represent the Crucifixion, with the four white petals in the shape of a cross. You can read more about this Easter legend at Wikipedia, which is also the source for this image:

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.