Wednesday, September 7

Today is Wednesday of WEEK 3. If you have not written a story for this week yet, that means today is Storytelling Day. I hope you will have fun with that! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Email v. Canvas messages. I think I've been getting all the Canvas messages people have sent, but it's definitely better to use regular email when you have a question. Using Canvas works, but there might be a delay before I get your message since I don't always have Canvas open. I am more likely to see your message and be able to respond more quickly if use you email (my OU email is

Project Stack. Yesterday I read and replied to all the assignments turned in on Saturday. Today I'll start working through the assignments people turned in on Sunday. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Storytelling Style. As I mentioned last week, I'll share a Storytelling style in the announcements for Wednesday each week in case you are looking for a new kind of style. This week, it's Ballad Style. And to inspire you, here's a wonderful ballad sung by Loreena McKennitt:

The following items are for fun and exploration:

TARDIS. This one is for all the other Doctor Who fans in class: Every book is a TARDIS.

VanGoYourself. To see more pictures of people staging famous paintings, check out the VanGoYourself site. This is a recreation of Moreau's famous painting of Oedipus and the Sphinx:

Words from Mythology. Some of you in Myth-Folklore may have read Ovid's version of the story of Narcissus. Find out more at Narcissicist.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Hanuman and the Naked Philosophers. Mark and his friends are in possession of an ancient Greek manuscript bearing the name Χάνουμαν — could this be a Greek account of Hanuman, the flying monkey god and most devoted follower of Rama?

Free Book Online: The Giant Crab, and Other Tales from Old India. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a fun collection of jataka stories by W. H. D. Rouse, a great Sanskritist and Classical scholar.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is No one will bell the cat (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is one of many proverbs in English that come from Aesop's fables. Here is the fable: Belling the Cat.

Today's Video: Shabaz Hussain: Art of Playing Tabla. This is a TED talk, with music!

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows: The best projects are open-ended. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a "Commander-in-Chief" Watch Party from 7:30-9:30 in Bizzell. It's not a debate, but both Clinton and Trump will be on NBC speaking on national security issues (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

September 7: Jacob Lawrence: Today marks the birthday of the great 20th-century artist Jacob Lawrence in the year 1917. You can read about his life and remarkable career at Wikipedia. Here is a self-portrait from 1977:

Lawrence even did an illustrated edition of Aesop's fables; this image is his drawing for the fable of The Monkey and the Camel:

Check out the Twitter stream for information and fun stuff during the day.