Thursday, April 23

Today is Thursday of WEEK 14. If you have not turned in your Week 13 Project assignment yet, you have until noon today to turn that in late. 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. I have read and replied to all the Storybooks and Portfolios turned in on Sunday, and today I'll start working on the ones turned in on Monday and later during the week. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Blogging comments. As more and more people start to finish up the class, the commenting gets a little more hectic, but I will have the blog commenting groups up and ready by 6PM at the latest. I'll update these announcements when they're ready!
Update: The blog commenting for BOTH Week 14 AND Week 15 is ready to go now. That means ALL the assignments are available now; no need to wait!

Compressed Week 15 schedule. For those of you who will be doing Week 15 assignments to finish the class, Week 15 is a review week, and it is also compressed because of finals week. That means all Week 15 assignments need to turned in by Friday, May 1, noon at the latest. So, this coming weekend is your last weekend to do work for the class. I hope you will try to finish up early, instead of waiting for the Week 15 deadlines, so that you can have a true "dead week" in this class next week.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing Humor: Less versus Fewer. We can all use some humor when it comes to less and fewer.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TITANIC from the name of the Greek gods called Titans. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Fantastically Tragic Deaths in Greek Mythology. Persephone understands the world of the live and the world of the dead, and she takes a special interest in the heroes of the Trojan War who are making that transition from life into death.

FREE eBook: The Life of Buddha by Andre Ferdinand Herold. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book and where you can find it online.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb is still going strong in the 21st century.

Mahabharata Image: Today's Mahabharata image is Yama, the God of Death, who rides a water buffalo.

Thursday Event on Campus: You can listen to Opera Scenes presented by the School of Music in the Pitman Recital Hall at 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 23: Maria Bronte. Today marks the birthday in 1813 of the eldest Bronte sister, but the least known: she died at the age of 12 in 1825. Meanwhile, her three younger sisters — Charlotte, Emily, and Anne — had fascinating lives, Charlotte being famous as the author of Jane Eyre, Emily as the author of Wuthering Heights, and Anne as the author of Agnes Grey. You can read about the three famous Bronte sisters at Wikipedia, and you might also enjoy this great YouTube Video, Bronte Sisters Power Dolls.

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.