Monday, October 26

Today is Monday. Week 9 is now over... and Week 10 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 9 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is still Native American stories, and in Indian Epics everybody is following their own path. I hope you will enjoy the readings!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project stack. As always on Monday, I will have a huge bunch of assignments in the stack that were turned in over the weekend. The first thing I will do on Monday morning when I get to work is to update the list of items in the stack. Then you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment. Especially with the OU email migration, it's a good idea to check to make sure I received your project email.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Cooking Her Family. Yet more proof that punctuation saves lives!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is VENEREAL from the name of the Roman goddess of love, Venus. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Blogging for Bad Guys. Even bad guys and gals — Kaikeyi, Ravana, Duryodhana and Karna — need to be part of a community, and so they use VPress to share their life's ups and downs in their blogs.

Free Book Online: Indian Legends of Vancouver Island by Alfred Carmichael. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, which includes the legend of the Thunder Birds.

India Featured Book: Sita's Ramayana by Samhita Arni. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It is a graphic novel of the Ramayana told from Sita's point of view.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The darkest hour is just before the dawn (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Another one of those proverbs which is not literally true, but which makes sense metaphorically!

Today's Video: IZ I ART? Of course I reply in the affirmative: YES!!! I IZ ART. :-)

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is really growing: Growth can happen in leaps and bounds. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: In honor of National Pumpkin Day, the Union Programming Board is giving away pumpkin pastries in the Union, 11:30AM-12:30PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. And for your viewing pleasure, here is a Pumpkin Ganesha:

October 26: Carlo Collodi. Today, October 26, marks the anniversary of the death in the year 1890 of the Italian author, Carlo Collodi, who is best known today as the creator of the the story of Pinocchio, the little boy made of wood. If you have never read the actual Pinocchio story, I highly recommend it - it's a surprising and beautiful and mysterious book, definitely one of the best books ever written for children, in my opinion. Here is Pinocchio in English online. The image below is from an English version with the Attilio Mussino illustrations::

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.