Saturday, April 16

Today is Saturday of Week 12. I hope you are enjoying your weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. If you turned in an assignment by Thursday noon, you should have gotten comments back from me on Friday. I'll update the stack of assignments periodically over the weekend, and you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

The Punctuation Marks . Just look at all the work the comma has to do compared to the other punctuation marks!

Indian Words in English: Today's word from India in English is AVATAR, from Sanskrit avatara, meaning a "descent" in the sense that a god comes down from heaven and takes on an earthly form. For details, see this blog post. There are the god Vishnu's most famous avatars:

Featured Storybook: Vahana Therapy: Ganesh's Guide to Happiness. It's not easy being a vahana (a vehicle of the gods), and Ganesha is there to help these three vahanas — Nandi, Uchchaihshravas, and Garuda — work through some issues.

Free Book Online: A Book of Old Ballads by Beverley Nichols. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book, which is one of a series of four ballad books by Beverly Nichols, all of which you can find for free online.

India Featured Book: Ganesha Goes to Lunch by Kamla K. Kapur. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics, which is available for checkout in Bizzell. It contains some wonderful stories about Vishnu, Brahma, Shiva... and also Ganesha of course!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is Don't look a gift horse in the mouth (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. In other words, don't check to see how old the horse is; just be glad you were given a horse at all!

Today's Video: Poornamadah. This is another chant from Ravi Shankar's Chants of India. You can find out more about the Om Purnamadah Shantih mantra at the Wikipedia.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is on the move: Standing still is not growth. Take a step forward. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The School of Music presents "Inner Soundscapes" at 8PM in the Pitman Recital Hall (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 16: Charlie Chaplin. Charlie Chaplin was born on this day in 1889; he died in 1977. You can read more about his remarkable life and career at Wikipedia. His older films are in the public domain, which means you can watch them online for free: 65 Chaplin films online. Here is Sunnyside:

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.