November 29, Tuesday

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 14, and I've re-arranged the Modules area in Canvas so the new week is on top. If you have not done any reading for this week yet, you need to read today: it is the last reading day of the semester! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Feedback. The Project feedback assignments for BOTH Week 14 AND Week 15 are available now. There's no need to wait; if you need those points to finish up the class, both weeks are ready to go!

Mix-and-match. As we get into the last days of the class, you can mix-and-match the assignments you want to reach the grade you want for the class (410/A, 360/B, 320/C). Any combination will work, and if you have questions about finishing up, just let me know.

Project Stack. I'm still making my way through the assignments that were turned in before Thanksgiving; you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. Wouldn't these magical objects be great for writing? The cartoon is from the always-awesome Tom Gauld. I would definitely like to have a "Helm of Focus" to put me in a writing trance!

Reading. And in honor of the birthday of C.S. Lewis (see below), here are his thoughts on reading: I can't imagine a man really enjoying a book and reading it only once. I have read the Narnia books many (MANY) times.

GrammarCatz. The Karaoke Cat is having some trouble with English spelling and punctuation.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Ramayana Counseling, Inc.. As you can imagine, everybody in the household of King Dasharatha could use some therapy at the end of the events of the Ramayana, and there is no one more qualified than Valmiki to help Urmila and Lakshmana, Sita and Rama, and the wives of King Dasharatha too.

Free Book Online: The Italian Fairy Book by Anne Macdonell. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. The illustrations are by Morris Meredith Williams:

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The cock does crow / to let us know, / if we be wise, / 'tis time to rise (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. This proverb is not so well known now that the rooster is not the default alarm clock!

Today's Video: India Day Celebration, a performance featuring the fabulous Ravi Shankar along with his  daughter Anoushka Shankar:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is thinking about growth: Ponder your potential. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There will be a lecture at 5PM by Christian Sahner, "The Changing Fortunes of Syrian Christians," and there will also be a Middle East Social Hour with Dr. Sahner from 9:30-10:30AM in the Farzaneh Hall Lounge (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

November 29: C.S. Lewis. Today marks the birthday in the year 1898 of the author and scholar, C. S. Lewis. Lewis is probably best known today for his series of Narnia books. You can read more about Lewis's life and career in this Wikipedia article. The image below shows the first-edition covers of the Narnia books. I like these books very much, and my personal favorite is The Magician's Nephew.

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