Wednesday, October 21

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 9. 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'm still working my way through the enormous stack of Project assignments that people have turned in. If you turned in an assignment on Sunday before 8PM, you should have comments back from me now. If you turned something in later on Sunday or on Monday or Tuesday, it is probably still in the stack, waiting for me to get to it. To check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack here.

Update reminders. I'm carrying on with the new update reminder system, so this morning I will send out the usual grace period reminder, and then in the afternoon, I will send out a due date reminder to people who have not yet done the Storytelling post for Week 9. I hope the new due date reminders will be helpful, but most of all I continue to hope that you will create your own schedule so that you are not chasing the deadlines all week. You will find sample schedules here.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Write Your Own Stories. This great quote from the Nigerian author Chinua Achebe is very good advice for this class: "If you don't like someone's story, write your own." :-)

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is SUGAR, which comes to English via French, Arabic, Persian and ultimately Sanskrit, sharkara, meaning "rock-candy sugar." For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Gossip Girl: The Dirt on Hawaii's Elite. Gossip Girl dishes the dirt on Hawaii's kings and princes, queens and princesses, celebrities whose love lives are full of every scandal you can imagine.

Free Book Online: Indian Legends of Minnesota by Mrs. Cordenio A. Severance. This blog post provides additional information about these legends from the north, including Minnehaha, whose gave her name to Minnehaha Falls.

India Featured Book: Mahabharata translated by Krishna Dharma. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics: a detailed, contemporary version of the Mahabharata which you can read for free online.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don't look a gift horse in the mouth (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. The idea here is that if someone is kind enough to give you a horse, don't inspect the horse's teeth to see how old the horse is!

Today's Video: R. Carlos Nakai. Carlos Nakai is an amazing Navajo-Ute musician; he has collaborated with many other musicians from many different countries, but this video features solo performances. You can find out more at the YouTube page.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cats are ready to learn: Everyone is born with an intense desire to learn. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The opening reception for this year's Neustadt Festival will take place from 6:30PM to 8:30PM in the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, featuring poets Amit Majmudar, Valzhyna Mort, Nii Ayikwei Parkes, and Wang Ping, novelists Padma Viswanathan and Alison Anderson, and Oklahoma writers Nathan Brown and Rilla Askew (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 21 Durga Puja. We are in the midst of the celebration of Durga Puja, which goes from October 19 through October 23, celebrating the triumph of Durga over Mahisha-Asura, the buffalo demon. More generally, it is a celebration of good over evil. You can find out more at Wikipedia.
Here is a Durga Puja photograph by A. Binu:

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 to 11AM in Wagner 280. Find out more at the Writing Center website.

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.