Thursday, April 2

Today is Thursday of WEEK 11. Thursday morning until noon is also the grace period if you did not finish the Storytelling that was due on Wednesday — and if you missed them, here's a link to Wednesday's announcements.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment; I've read and replied to all the assignments turned in before 6PM on Sunday, so if you turned something in on Sunday evening or later, it is probably still in the stack. I have to go back to the dentist again today for a quick check, but I'm still hoping to get through all the Sunday assignments by the end of the day today, and then on Friday I should be able to finish what is left in the stack!

Blogging comments. As more and more people start to finish up the class (some more people finished on Wednesday!), the commenting gets a little more hectic, but I will have the blog commenting groups up and ready by 6PM tonight. I'll update these announcements when they're ready!
Update: The blog commenting groups are ready to go!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Be Brave for Education. I really liked this video from YouTube that was put together by BeBrave4Education, which is an allied group of Montessori schools and teachers (more about Montessori education):

Indian Words in English: Today's Indian word in English is MANTRA, which comes to English from Sanskrit. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Living in the Past: Tales of Ancient Vietnam. Vinh, a Vietnamese-American teenager, vacationing with his parents in Vietnam, finds himself pulled into a mysterious fantasy world where he meets four powerful dragons and a beautiful young woman named Sen.

FREE eBook: English Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. This blog post provides information about this free online book which is a source for the English fairy tales unit in Myth-Folklore this week. There's a free audiobook version too!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is You must take the little potato with the big potato (an Irish proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. And life will offer you both big and small potatoes, literally and metaphorically!

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Balarama and Krishna as shown in the famous Krishna temple in Vrindavan.

Thursday Event on Campus: Come enjoy the Sooner Idol Auditions in the Scholars Room of the Union from 4:30PM - 7PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 2: Hans Christian Andersen. Today, April 2, marks the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen in the year 1805. Some of you in the Myth-Folklore class may be reading Hans Christian Andersen's stories later this semester! You can find some background information about his life and career in this Wikipedia article. Andersen is probably most famous today for his story about "The Little Mermaid" - although his version is very different from the Disney film, which is only loosely based on Andersen's tale. Andersen is also the author of "The Princess and the Pea," "The Ugly Duckling," and many other wonderful stories. The image below is a photograph taken of Andersen in 1869; he died a few years later, in 1875, at the age of 70. You can read over one hundred of Andersen's stories in English at the website.

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.