Monday, March 21

Today is Monday. Week 8 is now over... and Week 9 has begun. Monday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the final Week 8 assignments. This week's topic in the Myth-Folklore class is Native American storytelling, and in Indian Epics everybody will start going their own way for this second half of the semester. Welcome to Week 9!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. As always, I'll have a HUGE stack of assignments in the stack as the week begins, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Week 9. I know it can be hard to get back into action after Spring Break, but you should be able to jump right into the reading since you made your reading choices already back in Week 8. So, take a look back at the reading plan you wrote about in your Week 8 blog post, and that should help you get ready to start in on this week's reading, and I hope you will enjoy the new stories!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Interview with a Semicolon. Find out more at Tom Gething's blog. This screenshot is just a sample of the sad semicolon's remarks:

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

Featured Storybook: Gossip Girl: The Dirt on Hawaii's Elite. Gossip Girl dishes the dirt on Hawaii's kings and princes, queens and princesses, celebrities whose love lives are full of every scandal you can imagine.

Free Book Online: Old Indian Legends by Zitkala-Sa. This blog post provides additional information about the Sioux legends contains in this book; it is one of the reading options in Myth-Folklore this week — and there's a free audiobook version too!

India Featured Book: Krishna and Narakasura. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. You can read this exciting legend about Krishna on Reserve in Bizzell.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don’t put all your eggs in one basket (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb that is still going strong... I'm guessing this is one you have all heard before.

Today's Video: 29 Ways to Stay Creative. I thought this might be a good video today if you are having a hard time getting back into the swing of things after Spring Break!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not afraid to learn, even though ... Learning is messy. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a meeting of the Boomer Nooner Toastmasters today at noon in 5 Partners Place Room 1104; it's a great opportunity to work on your public speaking skills (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 21: World Poetry Day. Today is World Poetry Day, and a great way to follow the holiday is at Twitter or at the UNESCO website. Find a poem, enjoy, and share!

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.