Monday, November 2

Today is Monday. Week 10 is now over... and Week 11 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 10 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is British and Celtic storytelling traditions, and in Indian Epics, everybody will be choosing their own readings again. Enjoy!

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.

Project Declarations. (repeat announcements) You will notice that I have reformatted the Project Declaration, adding some more specific reminders. I spend a couple of hours each week trying to track down missing emails and incomplete assignments, so I hope this new way of presenting the Declaration will be helpful. Especially as the semester gets more hectic in your other classes, the Declaration should help you focus on exactly what you need to do when you turn in your Project each week.

Spring Enrollment. (repeat announcements) Both Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics are full for Spring, but I do still have permissions available for both classes if people who want to enroll. So, if you know someone who would be interested in taking either 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.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

One Book. Fellow book nerds will appreciate this graphic:

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is HERCULEAN from the name of the hero Hercules (his Greek name: Heracles). For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Into a World of My Own. This Storybook creates a world of its own, showing you a side of Alice in Wonderland that you have never seen before, interwoven with characters from other fairy tales, famous and not-so-famous.

Free Book Online: Celtic Fairy Tales by Joseph Jacobs. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is also the source for one of the Celtic units in Myth-Folklore this week.

India Featured Book: Indian Moral Stories for Children by Morris Fenris. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics, which is a collection of 50 very short stories from many different Indian sources, including the epics. One of the stories it includes is the story of Rama and the squirrel.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t count your chickens before they’re hatched (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is very useful advice, even if you are not actually hatching any eggs.

Today's Video: The Canterbury Tales ("California Dreamin" by the Mamas and the Papas). This may be my favorite of all of Amy Burvall's marvelous videos... and yes, Canterbury Tales is one of the reading options in Myth-Folklore this week.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is growing, one step at a time: Big change begins with small steps. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Tara Nummendal will be giving at lecture at 3:30PM in Bizzell Library LL118: "The Alchemist as Virgin Mary: Anna Zieglerin & the Lion's Blood" (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 2: All Souls Day. After the holiday of All Saints on November 1 comes the holiday of All Souls on November 2. In many Catholic countries, the two days — November 1 and November 2 — are celebrated together as the Day (or Days) of the Dead, Día de los Muertos in Spanish. This is a traditional time for offering prayers on behalf of the dead, and also for visiting cemeteries and decorating the graves, as in this image:

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.