Monday, February 15

Today is Monday. Week 4 is now over... and Week 5 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 4 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is another week of Middle Eastern or Indian stories, and in Indian Epics you'll be starting the Mahabharata!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. Last week I managed to keep up with all the projects as they were coming in for Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics, and I'll keep adding to those class lists when I get to work on Monday. So, on Monday morning, you will be able to check the contents of the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and then I'll start reading the assignments in the order they were turned in, sending you back comments in the email. THANK YOU for all your great work over the past few weeks: now there are websites and portfolios, and that will be the best part of the semester! Very exciting!

Late Storybooks. Each week, the Project assignment is the only assignment that can be turned in late, and that's because I cannot get all the Projects returned immediately. So, if you did not get your Project turned in during the grace period on Monday morning, you can still turn that in later in the week. For details about turning in a late Project assignment, see the Project assignments page.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Keyboard Drama. The secret lives of keyboard characters!

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is TANTALIZE, from the name of Tantalus, the King of Phrygia. For details of Tantalus's story, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: The Never-Ending Love Story. Yama, the god of death, has arranged for a loving couple to meet in one lifetime after another, falling in love in different ages and places again and again.

Free Book Online: Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan by Toru Dutt. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which contains stories about Hindu heroes and heroines, such as the story of Prahlad and Vishnu's avatar, Narasimha, the Man-Lion:

India Featured Book: Tales of Arjuna: The Exploits of an Exceptional Warrior. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. Arjuna is one of the Mahabharata heroes, and in one of the legends recounted here, he has an encounter with Hanuman, monkey-god hero of the Ramayana.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Beware the tiger who offers you a golden bracelet (a proverb from India). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is the moral of a story from the ancient India Hitopadesha: the tiger in the story is quite a trickster... you trust him at your peril!

Today's Video: Is Doctor Who a Religion? And I know I am not the only Doctor Who fan in class!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has lofty ambitions: Obstacles teach you to leap higher. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Come to BoomerBuzz Resume Builder in the Community space of Bizzell, Lower Level 1, at 6PM — bring your resume and make it outstanding (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 15: Nirvana Day. In some Buddhist countries, February 15 is celebrated as Nirvana Day or Parinirvana Day. This is, by tradition, the anniversary of the day on which the Buddha left this life; as he died, he achieved "nirvana" which is release from the cycle of life, suffering, death and rebirth. You can read more about this holiday at the BBC Religions website. The image below is a depiction from Thailand of the Buddha's parinirvana:

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.