Saturday, February 11

Today is Saturday of Week 4. I hope you are enjoying the wonderful weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project: Storybook or Portfolio. This is a big weekend, as many of you will be deciding whether you want to do a Storybook or a Portfolio as your semester project. If you want to do a Portfolio, you'll be creating a website, while those of you choosing the Portfolio will be adding your first story! You can keep track of the projects as they accumulate here: Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics.

Extra Credit. I'm guessing that a lot of you will have midterms in your other classes next week and the week after, so you might want to take some time this weekend to rack up some extra credit points. If you do that now, you can just take a week off in this class when crunch-time arrives in your other classes.

Project Stack. If you turned in a project assignment before noon on Friday, you should have comments back from me, and on Monday I'll start replying to assignments in the stack in the order received. If you turn in your project today, Saturday, you will get comments back much sooner than if you wait until Sunday evening! After you turn in your assignment, you can check the stack to make sure I received your email.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Mindset. Some advice from You will never speak to anyone more than you speak to yourself in your head. Be kind to yourself.

Reading. Find out more about the Map of Literature created by Martin Vargic, a 17-year-old Slovakian artist:

Spelling. This is important, especially for OU's "Sower" emblem: SEW versus SOW.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Prison Stories of the Wicked Stepmothers. A new prisoner has arrived, and her cellmates share their stories, each of them being curious to find out just what kinds of crimes have landed them all in prison.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is The Ramayana of Tulsi Das translated by F. S. Growse. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. There are many versions of the Ramayana, and the version of Tulsi Das is one of the most popular in India today; find out more at Wikipedia.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is The seagull sees furthest who flies highest (a French proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. So, use your wings, and soar!

Video: The video for today is Lagan Lagi Re by Maati Baani. This was filmed in the New York City Subway during Maati Baani's first (and so far only) visit to the United States as you can learn in the making-of video:

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat knows all about neuroplasticity: Your abilities are NOT carved in stone. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: Come to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art from 2PM-4PM today for pie, art, and conversation (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

February 11: Tu B'shvat. Today is the Jewish holiday of Tu B'shvat, the "Fifteenth (day) in (the month of) Shevat," also known as the "New Year of the Trees." In Israel, this time of year is especially associated with the flowering of the almond trees, which you can see in the image below. On this holiday, people eat dried fruits and nuts, and they also plant new trees, something like our "Arbor Day" holiday. You can read more about the holiday at Wikipedia:

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