Thursday, October 8

Today is Thursday of WEEK 7. 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'm still working my way through the large stack of project assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment before 10PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday, your assignment is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

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. I'll try to get that ready earlier since I know some of you are trying to finish things up before heading out of town.
Update: The blog commenting groups are ready now! Have fun with the stories!

OU-Texas Weekend. If you are going to be out of town, you'll probably want to finish up the Week 7 assignments today before you leave. I'm hoping to take Friday off myself (part of the day anyway), so if you want comments on your project before the (long) weekend, make sure to get that turned in this morning by noon.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing and Revision. As writers, we are lucky to have the opportunity to revise our writing, and then revise it again, and yet again... unlike, say, a brain surgeon!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is HARMONY, from Greek from Harmonia, the personification of music and also of harmony in a metaphorical sense, the harmony of peaceful concord. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Living in the Past: Tales of Ancient Vietnam. Vinh, a Vietnamese-American teenager, vacationing with his parents in Vietnam, finds himself pulled into a mysterious fantasy world where he meets four powerful dragons and a beautiful young woman named Sen.

Free Book Online: Annancy Stories by Pamela Colman Smith. This blog post provides additional information about this collection of Anansi stories from Jamaica, which has illustrations by the author too.

India Comic Book: The Golden Mongoose: Tales of Duty from the Mahabharata. This blog post provides additional information about this comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. The Mahabharata is full of these wisdom stories, and the story of the golden mongoose is one of the most famous.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The smaller the lizard, the greater its hope of becoming a crocodile (an Ethiopian proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. Little lizards can have big dreams!

Today's Video: Maati Baani. Banjara, featuring Mooralala Marwada. This is one of my favorite Maati Baani videos; the song is inspired by words of the mystical poet Kabir.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has big dreams, too: Dream big... and dare to fail. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: As part of Hispanic Heritage Month, there will be a screening of Documented, an autobiographical film by Jose Antonio Vargas, at 6 PM in the EEJF Auditorium in Gaylord College; Vargas will be speaking on campus next week on October 13 (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online. Here is a trailer for the movie:

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.