Monday, October 12

Today is Monday. Week 7 is now over... and Week 8 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 7 assignments. Week 8 is a review week with no new reading, and I hope it will be a good opportunity for you to look back on how the first half of the semester has gone and also to look forward to the rest of the semester to come.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Storybook stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the Storybook stack that were turned in over the weekend or on Monday morning. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the Storybook stack. Then, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. It is really important to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack; that will let you know I received the email that you sent me with your project assignment checklist (the "yes" questions) for the week.

Spring Enrollment. Enrollment will be starting soon for Spring classes, and the online classes fill up really quickly. If any of you would like to enroll in MLLL-3043 Myth-Folklore or MLLL-4993 Indian Epics for Spring, please let me know by noon this Thursday so that I can save you a space in the class for Spring.

Week 8 Assignments. Week 8 is a review week! So, there is no new reading in Week 8, and instead there are just some review activities. If you have been wanting to try a new schedule so that you are working ahead of schedule, now is the PERFECT time to do that. You can do the Week 8 blog posts today, and they will go really quickly. In fact, the weekday assignments will probably be more productive if you can do them all together today rather than spreading them out.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Bologna and Pony. I am not a fan of Grammarly software, but they do share some fun writing and spelling humor, as here:

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are STAKE and STEAK. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Demon-Slayer Named Sun. This Storybook contains a dramatic re-imagining of the adventures of Sun Wukong, the Monkey-King of Chinese legend, hero of "Journey to the West."

Free Book Online: The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, which is one of Andrew Lang's colored "fairy books," all of which contain marvelous fairy tales and folktales.

India Comic Book: Bhanumati: Granddaughter Of Krishna. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. In this story, an asura kidnaps Bhanumati, so Krishna, Arjuna, and his son Pradyumna ride on Garuda in pursuit to rescue her.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is If you want a bird and a cage, buy the cage first (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. It is sometimes essential to do things in the right order!

Today's Video: Proud to Be. This video was created by, and I think it is a wonderful video to share for OU's first Indigenous Peoples' Day today.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is ready for the second half of the semester: Don't stop! Just keep going! Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Indigenous Peoples' Day at OU will be celebrated for the first time this year on Monday, and there will be a signing of the Indigenous Peoples' Day resolution at 9AM in the South Oval (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 12: Mahalaya. This is a Hindu holiday in honor of the Goddess; you can read more at this article at Hinduism, and you can also find out about the entire Pitru Paksha cycle of holidays at Wikipedia.

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.