Tuesday, January 31

Today is Tuesday of WEEK 3, 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 make sure you do some reading today, and I hope you will enjoy that! Here is a link to this week's assignments.

Class Procedures and Reminders

Blog drafts. Both Blogger and WordPress have a "save as draft" option, and I would encourage you to use that option if you start a blog post but do not have time to finish it. Then your "drafts" folder can be a "to-do" list, reminding you of the post you need to finish

Project Stack. I'm still working my way through the HUGE stack of Project assignments. If you want to check to make sure your assignment is in the stack, you can see the contents of the stack. If you turned in your assignment on Friday or Saturday morning, you should have comments back from me. If you turned in something after noon on Saturday, it is probably still in the stack. Please wait on my comments before you go on to the next Project assignment; I'll keep working through the stack in the order that the assignments were turned in!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Reading. I hope you enjoy this week's reading: dreaming with open eyes.

Writing. You can always build a story around a villain! Find out more at the Writing Laboratory. Be sure to check out the full-sized view.

Spelling. Here's another one of those pairs that the spellchecker cannot help you with: IDLE v. IDOL.

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: Today's free book is Stories of the East from Herodotus by Alfred Church. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. You might already know that Herodotus was a famous Greek historian, and his writings are also an important source for ancient myth and legend.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is If my heart be narrow, what avail to me that the world is large? (an Armenian proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. Because the world is so big, we need to have big hearts too!

Video: The video for today is Jaye Ambe by Manish Vyas. Find out more about Ambe / Durga at Wikipedia.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows that to grow you have to embrace challenges. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: There is a new exhibit at the Natural History Museum: Roots of Wisdom (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

January 31: Alan Lomax. Today marks the birthday of Alan Lomax in the year 1915; he was, one of the most important figures in the history of American folk music. You can read about his life and career at Wikipedia. After he graduated from college, Lomax traveled all over the country recording folksongs and recording interviews with musicians like Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly and Jelly Roll Morton. The image below is an album cover from his collection of Prison Songs, and you can find thousands of his recordings free to listen to online at the Cultural Equity website.

Here is one of those songs in a YouTube video:

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