Monday, August 31

Today is Monday. Week 1 is now over... and Week 2 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 1 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Classical and Biblical stories, and in Indian Epics you will be starting the Ramayana. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Moving on to Week 2. (repeat announcement) Last week you got a chance to practice blogging and the kinds of writing you will be doing for this class. As you start doing the Week 2 assignments, they will set the pattern for the rest of the semester, with the same type of assignments each week: Myth-Folklore Weekly Assignments - Indian Epics Weekly Assignments. If you have any questions about that as you get started, let me know, and you can see the overall calendar here: Fall Semester Calendar.

Introductions. I hope you all enjoyed getting to comment on people's Introductions and stories this weekend, and you'll be getting visitors to your Introduction all semester long as new people connect with you through the random blog groups each week. Meanwhile, I'll be responding to some Introductions every day so that by the end of the week I should have read everybody's Introduction post; I definitely want to read all the Introductions!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

The Periodic Table of Storytelling. With the help of this periodic table, you will never ... NEVER ... run out of storytelling ideas! See a dynamic, full-sized view of the table here: The Periodic Table of Storytelling. Each element in the table at the dynamic version is linked to the corresponding page at the TVTropes website.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is PUNDIT, which comes from Sanskrit pandita, meaning a scholar or learned person. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Perseus's Journey. Here you can readabout Perseus's adventures as told by the hero himself, now an old man who is looking back on his youthful exploits.

Free Book Online: The Golden Fleece and the Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which covers the adventures of Jason, Perseus, Theseus, and Heracles.

India Comic Book: Hanuman: The Epitome of Devotion and Courage. This blog post provides a detailed reading guide for this comic book, another one about Hanuman, which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is No one will bell the cat (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is one of many proverbs inspired by an Aesop's fable. Look closely and you will see the cat:

Today's Video: Vandanaa Trayee. For your listening pleasure, this is one of the tracks from Ravi Shankar's Chants of India, an album of traditional Vedic hymns; the album was produced by George Harrison.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is working hard at learning: Real learning takes work. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Come by Hester Hall 145 from 12:30PM - 1:30PM for this Latin American Week event: El Nopal, The Magic Fruit of Mexico - Cactus Tasting! (details) Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

Note: You can page back through the 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.