Wednesday, April 20

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 13. Wednesday morning, until noon, is the grace period if you did not finish the Reading Diary that was due on Tuesday (or if you just forgot the Declaration). Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I was without electricity for much of Tuesday, but I managed to get through assignments turned in on Saturday and Sunday morning; today I'll start in on the projects turned in Sunday afternoon and later! You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Storytelling Style. It's Wednesday, so I'm sharing another possible storytelling style if you're looking for a new idea: Public Service Announcement — and there are more Storytelling ideas here, too. It was this PSA from India that got me thinking what a great storytelling style it could be: it has gods! and helmets!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Dante's Inferno Redux. Some of you in Myth-Folklore might be reading Dante this week or next, so here's the academic version:

Words to Watch: Today's words to watch out for are BOARD and BORED. For details, see this blog post.

Featured Storybook: Norse Giant Perspectives. The giants are often the foes of the Norse gods such as Odin and Thor; in this Storybook you get to hear the stories told from the giants' point of view, with the giants as heroes of course.

Free Book Online: Polish Fairy Tales by A. J. Glinski. This blog post provides additional information about the stories in this book, including the famous "Frog Princess" (that's right — princess, not prince).

India Featured Book: Jaya: An Illustrated Retelling of the Mahabharata by Devdutt Pattanaik. This blog post provides additional information about this reading option for Indian Epics. Of all the modern retellings of the Mahabharata, I think this one is my favorite!

Words of Wisdom: Today's proverb poster is The darkest hour is just before the dawn (an English proverb). Details at the Proverb Lab. This is another proverb that is not literally true, but it is still very comforting as symbolism!

Today's Video: Illuminated Manuscripts ("Nowhere Man" by the Beatles). This is another one of Amy Burvall's marvelous mash-up videos.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not sure what to do next, so... Work together and ask a friend. Details at the blog.

Event on Campus: WAFFLES FOR WRITERS... at the Writing Center, 9AM-11AM (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 20: Odilon Redon. Today marks the birthday of the French symbolist painter Odilon Redon in 1840. If you have never seen his paintings, take a look: they are marvelous! You can see a gallery at Wikipedia. Here is his painting called The Cyclops:

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.