Friday, October 14

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have reached the end of Week 8! The blog commenting assignment for this week is available now, and I hope you will have fun meeting some new people in class this week and reading their growth mindset posts. Here is a link to the class calendar; try to finish Week 8 today, and then you can start Week 9 on your own schedule!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Semester is half-over! Yes, as of this moment, the semester is indeed half-over. Isn't that amazing? But the projects are going great, and now with each assignment you are that much closer to finishing the class... which leads to the next announcement:

Congratulations to... Andrew, Tyler, and Heather, who are already done with Myth-Folklore! Andrew and Tyler did Indian Epics last semester, so they both hit the ground running in Myth-Folklore, and so did Heather, who started the course early and who has been working ahead ever since. They have all done such good work for their projects too, and you'll get to keep on enjoying their stories even though they are done with the class now. Congratulations again to the three of them!

Project Stack. There are still a lot of assignments in the stack, but it is my goal to get through all the Week 7 assignments today, and then I should also have time to get to the early Week 8 and 9 assignments too. Meanwhile, you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Punctuation. Following up on "Interview with a Semicolon," here's a fun one: Punctuation Personalities. Which one(s) are you? I am mostly a semi-colon, with a dash of dash!

Words. I'm not a user of thesauruses, but I am a fan of Fight Club, so I thought this was a very funny graphic: Thesaurus Club.

Words from India. You might be surprised by this Indian word in English: PUNCH. It is the Sanskrit and Hindi word for "five," as in the five ingredients that traditionally make up punch:

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Shreemati News. A newspaper with news by women for women: "It all started when two friends, Aisha and Zarina, decided to follow their dreams and start a newspaper together."

Free Book Online: The Myths and Legends of the Pima by J. William Lloyd. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. I grew up in Pima County, Arizona, but, sad to say, we did not learn very much about the Pima Indians when I was a child in school... but it's never too late to learn!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The fuller the cup, the sooner the spill (a Chinese proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This is true of coffee... and of life in general!

Today's Video: Proud to Be. I hope this beautiful video can be an inspiring way for those of you in Myth-Folklore to start your exploration of Native American stories over the next two weeks:

Growth Mindset: Since I invoked the metaphor of driving a car in my email yesterday about Canvas due dates, I decided to share this growth mindset cat today: I drive my own learning. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Learn about "The Firebird: Artistic Unity in the Ballets Russes" at the Fine Arts Library at 5:30 PM. (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

October 14: e e cummings. October 14, marks the birthday in the year 1894 of the American poet, Edward Estlin Cummings - better known as e e cummings. Cummings experimented with spelling and typography and the conventions of the English language in ways that were unheard-of at the time. You can read about his life and career in this Wikipedia article. I have reproduced in an image below the unusual layout of one of his poems, the sky was candy luminous:

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