Thursday, September 24

Today is Thursday of WEEK 5. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Storytelling that was due on Wednesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I have read and replied to assignments turned in by 10PM on Sunday; if you turned something in later on Sunday or during the week, it is probably still in the stack, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Blog commenting. After the grace period ends at noon today, I'll start putting together the new random blog groups for the blog commenting. I'll get that done this afternoon and will update these announcements when the groups are ready to go — the blog groups should be ready by 5PM at the latest.
Update: The Week 5 blog groups are ready to go! I hope you will enjoy the stories for this week. :-)

The following items are for fun and exploration:

So Many Books. I am sure you all know this feeling. And now, with free books online, there are more books than I can ever hope to read!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is SYRINGE, from Greek syrinx, which refers to a tube or pipe, and it was also a name — Syrinx (Σύριγξ), who was a nymph devoted to Artemis. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Hero Academy. Inside the ancient fortress of a remote citadel are the training grounds of the Hero Academy, and under the instruction of Master Felgar the future heroes debate the virtues of mythical diplomacy and the role of mankind in a world of many living creatures.

Free Book Online: Folklore of the Santal Parganas by Cecil Henry Bompas. This blog post provides additional information about this HUGE collection of Santal folktales. Some of you in Myth-Folklore may have read a few of these stories this week; the book contains many more!

India Comic Book: Krishna and Shishupala: He Was Forgiven a Hundred Times. This blog post provides a detailed reading guide for this comic book, which describes a famous incident involving Krishna — an incident you will be reading about in the Mahabharata.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The birth of a golden deer is impossible; nevertheless, Rama longed for the chase (a proverb from the Ramayana). Details at the Proverb Lab. Those of you in Indian Epics will see that this is a proverb inspired by the events of the Ramayana.

Today's Video: Omkaaraaya Namaha. This is another one of Ravi Shankar's recordings of Vedic chants from ancient India, and you can find out more about the words here: Shiva Shadakshara Stotram.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is a curious cat: Question everything! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The University Theatre will present three one-act operas tonight at 8PM in the Reynolds Performing Arts Center: Martinü’s Comedy on the Bridge, John Adams’ The Wound Dresser, and Schubert’s Domestic Warfare (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 24: Stand With Malala. Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai will be hosting a Twitter rally today in support of her global petition to the Global Partnership for Education, asking that they fund a full 12 years of education for girls around the world. You can find out more at the Unicef website: Stand with Malala.

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.