Wednesday, September 16

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 4. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I have read and replied to the assignments turned in by 8PM on Sunday. If you turned in something later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the Stack. You can check the Stack to make sure I received your assignment, and I'll be sure to get comments back to everybody by the weekend!

My Schedule. I'm back in the office today! I think I've replied to the emails that came in, but if you sent me something and I did not write you back, ping me again, and I'll get back to you for sure.

You really can call me Laura! (repeat announcement) As I mentioned before, you really can call me Laura. No need to be formal and call me Dr. Gibbs, and since I'm not a professor, that title is actually not correct (more about that here). In any case, as I'm on a first-name basis with all of you, please do the same and just call me Laura!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Linguistic Family Tree. A linguistic family "tree" drawn by Minna Sundberg; find out more at Mental Floss.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is CHIMERA from the Greek chimaera (khimaira), a fire-breathing mythical beast that had the head of a lion, the body of a goat, and the tail of a serpent. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Tale of the Traveling Cat. Join Duke, the time-traveling cat, as he visits ancient Egypt and Japan; he even visits Muhammad in Arabia, who mistakes Duke for his beloved cat Muezza.

Free Book Online: Caucasian Legends by Abraam Goulbat. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. The Caucasus region sits at the boundary of Europe and Asia; you can find out more at Wikipedia.

India Comic Book: Sudama: The Power of True Friendship. This blog post provides additional information about this comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. The story of Sudama and Krishna is one of my favorite Krishna legends!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The basket that has two handles can be carried by two (an Egyptian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. I think everything is better with two handles, literally and metaphorically!

Today's Video: Shahrzad Ensemble, playing Iranian folk music. If any of you are reading Persian folktales this week in Myth-Folklore, I thought you might enjoy some musical accompaniment! And the name, of course, invokes the famous Scheherazade from the 1001 Nights!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows that anything worthwhile takes time and effort. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The Sooner Showcase Career Fair will be taking place from 12:30PM until 4:30PM in Lloyd Noble Center: 140 organizations will be sharing information about internships and job opportunities (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

And . . . it's WAFFLES FOR WRITERS. On the third Wednesday of each month you can enjoy waffles and work on your writing at the Writing Center from 9AM-11AM in Wagner 280. Find out more at the Writing Center website.

September 16: St. Hildegard of Bingen. September 16 marks the birthday in the year 1098 of the remarkable woman, Hildegard of Bingen, and September 17 is her feast day (she died on September 17 in 1197). Saint Hildegard, who was canonized only recently (in 2012), wrote numerous books in Latin on theological and scientific topics, as well as devotional songs and plays. She was also a musical composer, and many of her musical compositions have survived. You can read more about her life and accomplishments in this Wikipedia article. Probably most remarkable are the three books she wrote about the series of mystical visions that she experienced during her lifetime. These books were accompanied by beautiful illustrations; here is one example:

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.