Wednesday, February 10

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 4. 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. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. If you turned something in by 5PM on Saturday, you should have comments back from me; I'll be finishing up the Saturday items today and starting on the Sunday items.

You really can call me Laura! (repeat announcement) As I mentioned before, you really can call me Laura. No need to be formal and call me Dr. Gibbs, and since I'm not a professor, that title is actually not correct (more about that here). In any case, as I'm on a first-name basis with all of you, please do the same and just call me Laura!

Storytelling Style. It's Wednesday, so I'm sharing another possible storytelling style if you're looking for a new idea: Readers Choose the Ending — and you can find more Storytelling ideas if you want to explore more possibilities.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Active and Passive. Yep, the different types of verbs can mess with your mind!

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is PARCHEESI, a board game which comes from the Hindi pachisi, meaning twenty-five. The game itself comes from India too! For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Horses Divine. This Storybook combines both Hindu and Buddhist stories of cosmic horses: Uchchaihshravas, Hayagriva, Valaha, and Devadatta.

Free Book Online: The Arabian Nights by Andrew Lang. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book. This is the source I used for the UnTextbook, and it has many more stories too, such as The Adventures of Haroun-al-Raschid, Caliph of Bagdad.

India Featured Book: Ramayana: India's Immortal Tale of Adventure, Love and Wisdom in a version by Krishna Dharma. This blog post provides additional information about this free online book. If you want to learn more about the Ramayana, this book is a fantastic resource, and you can also use it for reading assignments in the second half of the semester.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is an old proverb you may have heard before!

Today's Video: Mitwa. In this musical experiment by Maati Baani, you can hear a blend of Indian classical music with Rajasthani folk music (vocals by Swaroop Khan) and some electronic funk.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is trying something new: NOW is the time to start learning a new skill. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a concert at 8PM in the Pitman Recital Hall by Hal Grossman on violin with Boro Martinic also on violin and Stephanie Leon Shames on piano (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 10: Ash Wednesday: Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Eastern calendar of the Catholic Church. You can find out more about this Christian holy day at Wikipedia. The story associated with the 40 days of Lent is the 40 days that Jesus spent in the desert where he was tempted by Satan. As part of the Ash Wednesday ritual, the ashes from last year's Palm Sunday palm branches are blessed and used to make a mark on the forehead in the shape of a cross, as you can see in this image from the Wikipedia article:

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.