Thursday, April 21

Today is Thursday of WEEK 13. Thursday morning until noon is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Wednesday. Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. Yesterday I got through projects turned in by 4PM on Sunday. I will keep working on the Sunday assignments today! You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Storytelling Style. It's Thursday, so I'm sharing another possible storytelling style if you're looking for a new idea: try telling a story on the OU campus — and you can find more here Storytelling ideas if you want to explore more possibilities.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Vampire Writer. Is this you...?

Mythology Words in English: Today's mythology word in English is THURSDAY, from the name of Thor, the Germanic god of thunder. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Voice of the Ganges. In this Storybook, the goddess Ganga herself speaks to you about her birth in heaven, her descent down to earth, and the role she played in Bhagiratha's mission to rescue the dead sons of King Sagara.

Free Book Online: Ship of Fools by Sebastian Brant. This blog post provides additional information about the contents of the book which is one of the famous satires of the Renaissance.

India Featured Book: The Churning of the Ocean. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics which features two avatars of Vishnu: the great turtle Kurma and the seductive beauty Mohini, who is Vishnu's only female avatar.

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is eeds spring up where we do not sow them. (a Kashmiri proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is a proverb that is truth literally AND metaphorically. There are all kinds of weeds in the world!

Today's Video: Ghiberti's Gates of Paradise. This is one of the art history videos at Khan Academy, and this video about Florence might be of special interest to those of you reading Italian stories in the Myth-Folklore class this week.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is in honor of OU's gymnasts! Effort makes the difference. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: The opening reception of the 102nd Annual School of Art Student Exhibition is 7PM-9PM in the Art Museum (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 21: Founding of Rome. This day, April 21, was the festival of the Palilia in ancient Rome, and the ancient historians regarded it as the day when Romulus founded the city. You can read more at Wikipedia. The painting below shows Romulus, the first king of Rome, as imagined by the French painter Ingres:

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.