Tuesday, March 22

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 9, and I've re-arranged the Declarations area in D2L so the new week is on top. If you have not done the first reading for this week yet, you need to do that today. Here is a link to this week's assignments. I hope you enjoy the reading!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Beginning of the end... I am pleased to announce that Nicole (in Myth-Folklore) is done with the class already, so that's a big congratulations to her: well done, Nicole!!! That also means her Storybook is done, and there is a wild surprise in the final story, too. Here it is: Hera's Hennessy.

Project Stack. I managed to get through the projects that were turned in last week during the week, so if you turned something in before Saturday, you should have gotten comments back from me now. If you turned something in on Saturday, Sunday, or Monday, it is probably still in the stack, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment. I'll keep on working my way through the stack in the order received.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

The Stories Only You Can Tell. Great advice from Neil Gaiman: start telling the stories that only you can tell — because there will always be better writers than you, there will always be smarter writers than you … but you are the only you.

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is SUTTEE, which is from the name Sati, the first wife of the god Shiva. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Rama and the Other Avatars. Imagine a young boy growing up in Montana who learns... that he is an avatar of Vishnu, a new Rama for the 21st century, with rakshasas to battle. Luckily, he will have some help from Mohini, Vamana, and Agastya.

Free Book Online: Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest by Katharine Berry Judson. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book; they come from many different tribal traditions. It's one of the reading options for Myth-Folklore this week!

India Featured Book: The Syamantaka Gem: The Sun-God'S Precious Ornament. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. It is one of my favorite Krishna legends, and, yes, that is Jambavan, King of the Bears, whom you see there on the cover!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Life's not all beer and skittles (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. That would be skittles the game, not Skittles the candy! :-)

Today's Video: Are Emoticons the Future of Language?. This video offers some thoughts about emoticons by Ben Zimmer, a linguist and one of my favorite language commentators.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is from Carmen's blog! There is no elevator to success. You have to take the stairs. Details at Carmen's blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a talk at the National Weather Center tonight by NASA scientist Kevin Hand on "The Search for Life: Oceans Beyond Earth" — the talk begins at 7PM, with a free reception at 6:30PM (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.