Wednesday, February 3

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 3. 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 6PM, 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. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment, and I will clear out the Stack before I leave on Friday (see next announcement).

My Schedule This Week. (repeat announcement) I'm going to be out of town this Friday and also next Monday, and I will only have very limited Internet access during that time. So if you have questions about the current week's assignments, be sure to get in touch with me before Friday, and if you want comments back on a Project assignment, make sure you get that in by Thursday noon at the latest.

Storytelling Style. As I mentioned last week, I'll share a Storytelling style in the announcements for Wednesday each week and also on Thursday because those are the days when many people are writing their stories. You can find lots more Storytelling ideas here, and if you'd like to write a BALLAD, there are specific tips and hints here: Ballad Style. Here's a wonderful ballad sung by Loreena McKennitt:

The following items are for fun and exploration:

The Writer's Masks. One way to think about your role as a writer is that you are wearing many masks, and, as Oscar Wilde said: Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is WEDNESDAY, from the name of the Norse god Woden, also known as Odin. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Ganesha Tales for Children. Ganesha's mother Parvati is the host of this special television show for children with fun videos on every page and special guests like Kartikeya and Ganesha himself.

Free Book Online: Myths and Legends of All Nations by Logan Marshall. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which many famous tales, such as Oedipus and the Sphinx.

India Featured Book: Tulsidas Ramayana: Ram Charit Manas. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. This is an actual book made up of five different comic books bound together, and it is available for check-out from the regular stacks in Bizzell.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is When knowledge is hidden away, it rots; when it is shared publicly, it grows (a Latin proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is another one of those rhyming Latin proverbs: Condita TABESCIT, vulgata scientia CRESCIT. Even medieval Latin scientists knew the importance of Open Access!

Today's Video: The Fable of the Rooster in Latin. Even if you don't know Latin, you might enjoy this video by my friend Evan Millner. He reads the fable in Latin, then in Latin and English, and then one more time in Latin. If you like this video, check out his YouTube Channel; he has hundreds of Latin videos.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is exploring: I need space to question and to explore. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: Jill Hicks-Keeton (of George Mason University) will be giving a talk entitled “Mother and More: The Secret Life of Joseph's Wife” at 1PM in 330 Gould Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

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.