Wednesday, August 26

Today is Wednesday of Orientation Week! Here is the assignments list — and if you have not written your first story for the class yet, today is the day! You will also be writing an Introduction blog post and working some more on your blog design.

Class Procedures and Reminders

My schedule today. I'll be out of the office for at least part of the morning, so I won't be as quick to respond to emails during that time, but I should be able to get caught up answering emails during the afternoon.

Blog comments. Thanks to everybody for the "favorite places" posts! I'm still reading through those and making comments; I don't comment on all the blog posts, but since this is everybody's first post, and since the "favorite places" are so much fun to learn about, I'm trying to comment on all of them. Later this week you'll be reading and commenting on each other's blog posts; I'll have more information about that in tomorrow's announcements.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Yodify Your Language. Yoda-Speak is one of Star Wars' many contributions to our culture. Find out more at A Star Wars Anniversary: 37 Years of the Little Green Sage by Kimberly Joki.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is WEDNESDAY... from the name of the Germanic god Woden (Odin). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Onboard the Spaceship Pushpaka. The spaceship Pushpaka is visiting a solar system where each planet has its own special connection to one of Vishnu's avatars back in the ancient days of the far away planet Earth.

Free Book Online: Fairy Tales from All Nations by A. R. Montalba. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book which, I would guess, will probably be new to you, and the stories come from so many different countries!

India Comic Book: Tales of Durga: Tales of the Mother Goddess. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. This is a very exciting collection of stories, including The Slayer of Mahisha, Chamundi, and finally How Durga Slew Shumbha.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Learning is a companion on a journey to a strange country. (a proverb from the ancient Sanskrit Hitopadesha). Details at the Proverb Lab.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is also about journeys: Life is a journey of learning. Details at the blog. And as you "journey" through this week's work, you'll be finding out more about all this growth mindset stuff at the end of the week!

Today's Video: Be Brave for Education. Here is another marvelous video to give you a positive boost for the new school year!

Event on Campus: For Howdy Week, there will be free breakfast on the South Oval this morning from 8AM-11AM (Howdy Week calendar). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

August 26: The 19th Amendment
. On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment went into effect, so women could no longer be denied the right to vote. Prior to this time, some states (mostly in the western U.S.) did offer women full suffrage, but some states offered only limited suffrage, while other states offered no suffrage at all. You can read more about the amendment in Wikipedia. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton had drafted this amendment all the way back in 1878, and it took over 40 years for the amendment to become part of the Constitution. The image below shows Stanton and Anthony circa 1900; Stanton died in 1902 and Anthony died in 1906, so neither of them lived to see the 19th Amendment ratified.

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.