Friday, September 11

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 3! Friday morning, until noon, is the grace period for Myth-Folklore if you did not finish Thursday's work, and the blog commenting assignment for this week is available now too!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I'm still making my way through the stack of assignments: I got through all the Indian Epics assignments by the end of the day on Thursday, and my goal for today is to finish the Myth-Folklore assignments. You can check the Stack to make sure I received your assignment! If something comes in today, it will go to the top of the stack for Monday.

Week 3 Blog Comments. The blog commenting assignment is now available, with new random groups! There is also an extra credit responding option if you want to read and comment on some blog layouts. I hope you will enjoy that option, and it might give you some ideas to try on your own blog.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Google Like a Boss. I am such a fan of the site: parameter for site-specific searches. Find out more at the Google advanced search page.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is JUNGLE which is from the Hindi jangal. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Sita: A Song of Valor. The adventures, both happy and sad, of Sita's exemplary life are told in later years by her son, Master Lava, the village teacher.

Free Book Online: In God's Garden - Stories of the Saints by Amy Steedman. This blog post provides additional information about the different saints included in this book, like Saint Cecilia, Saint Nicholas, Saint George, and Saint Francis of Assisi.

India Comic Book: The Lord of Lanka. This blog post provides a detailed reading guide for this comic book about Ravana's past, including his encounter with Sita in her previous lifetime as Vedavati.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When Adam delved and Eve span, who was then the gentleman? (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This proverb was famously invoked by the radical English priest John Ball, a leader of the Peasants' Revolt of 1381.

Today's Video: Sita Sings the Blues. Some of you in Indian Epics will probably be watching this brilliant film next week, and I thought this might be of interest to students in the Myth-Folklore class as well. It is a full-length animated film version of the Ramayana focusing on the heroine, Sita, and blending her ancient story with the story of a modern American woman... plus blues music, too. And yes, this is the same Nina Paley who did the animated embroidery video that I shared here yesterday!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is on a quest: What can I learn next? Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Jurassic World will be showing in Meacham at 6PM, 9PM and midnight — free admission! (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 11. Today marks the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and I cannot think of anything better to share than the song that Bruce Springsteen composed in honor of the first responders on that day: Into the Fire.

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.