Wednesday, October 28

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 10. 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

Spring Enrollment. As usual, Myth-Folklore has filled up incredibly fast, but I have some full-course permissions left for that class (first-come, first-served). So, if you know someone who would be interested in taking the class, have them get in touch with me and I will give them an enrollment permission. There's information about enrollment for both classes on this page: Online Courses -Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics.

Project Stack. As usual at mid-week, there are still LOTS of Project assignments in the stack. If you turned something before 5PM on Sunday, you should have comments back from me already. If you turned something in on Sunday evening or during the week, it 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.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Proofreading Humor. It's all about audience! :-)

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is JOVIAL, from Jove (full name: Jupiter), the name given by the Romans to the Greek god Zeus. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Voice of the Ganges. In this Storybook, the goddess Ganga herself speaks to you about her birth in heaven, her descent down to earth, and the role she played in Bhagiratha's mission to rescue the dead sons of King Sagara.

Free Book Online: Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest by Katharine Berry Judson. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book. If you like tales of Coyote the trickster, you will find them here!

India Comic Book: Prabhavati: The Asura Princess. This blog post provides additional information about the comic book which is on Reserve in Bizzell Library. This is one of my favorites of the Krishna comic books!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Life's not all beer and skittles (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. And "skittles" here is a game, not a candy!

Today's Video: Pashu: Animal Tales from Hindu Mythology. This is another marvelous video from Devdutt Pattanaik, drawing on his book Pashu (which is one of the reading options for Indian Epics).

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is trying to stay focused, even as the semester gets more and more hectic: Stay focused and pay attention. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a screening of Night of the Living Dead in Meacham and a Best Zombie contest (prizes!!!) — the contest will begin at 7:30PM, and the movie starts at 8PM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 28: Sister Nivedita. Today marks the birthday of Margaret Elizabeth Noble, later known as Sister Nivedita, in 1867. She was an early disciple of Swami Vivekananda, and I've included several of her books in the Indian Epics class. She died in 1911, and her epitaph reads: "Here reposes Sister Nivedita who gave her all to India." You can find out more about Sister Nivedita at the Indian Epics Reading blog: Featured Author - Sister Nivedita. The image below shows a postage stamp issued in her honor:

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.