Saturday, March 4

Today is Saturday of Week 7, and I hope you are enjoying the weekend!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Project Stack. I read and replied to all the assignments turned in by Thursday at 5PM, and I'll be updating the stack periodically this weekend. You can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

Week 8 Assignments. (repeat announcement) Because Week 8 is a Review Week, there is no new reading in Week 8. Instead, there are just some review activities, and I hope you will have fun with this change of pace for the middle of the semester!

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Writing. It's not easy, but it works: Edit ruthlessly.

Focus. Advice from a Venn diagram.

Word Mix-Up. This is an especially sneaky word mix-up: CAPITAL versus CAPITOL.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Indian Epics class: Shadows of the Ishvara: A Search for the Truth. Where are the gods in the modern world? In this Storybook a young man in possession of a sword inscribed with the word "TRUTH" goes on a quest for the gods, meeting Brahma, Vishnu, Yama and, finally, Shiva.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is Philippine Folklore Stories by John Maurice Miller. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. Some of the stories are told in prose, and some are in verse!

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is A fox should not be on the jury at a goose's trial (an English proverb). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. The image I used there is a pub sign from Kent in England:

Video: The video for today is Mangalam by Prem Joshua. Listen for the words of the ancient Mangalam chant.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat is not turning back: They never said it would be easy; they only said it would be worth it. . You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus: The Nowruz Persian Music Festival concert will take place at 8PM in the Sharp Concert Hall in Catlett (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

March 4: Toru Dutt. Today marks the birthday in 1856 of Toru Dutt, a remarkable Indian writer. Although she died at a very young age (she was only 21 when she died in 1877), she is the author of several books, one of which is of interest to students in the Indian Epics class: Ancient Ballads and Legends of Hindustan. You can read more about her at Wikipedia which is also the source for this image.

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