Saturday, April 29

Today is Saturday of Week 14. This is the last weekend of the class (whoo-hoo!), so I hope you will use this weekend to finish up or get close to it!

Class Procedures and Reminders

Friday May 5. Because of finals, the class is over this Friday, May 5, at noon. That means there just a few days left! If you usually do your work for this class on the weekend, this is the last weekend of the class. In addition to the Week 14 assignments, all the Week 15 assignments are also available. There's no reason to wait: take advantage of this weekend to finish up if you can, and that will give you a total Dead Week in this class next week. 

Project Stack. If you are turning in a new story for Week 14, I would urge you to turn that in as soon as possible. The sooner you get that turned in, the sooner you will get comments back from me, which will make it easier if you are planning on also turning in revisions for Week 15, which are due on Friday noon at the latest. I'll update the stack periodically this weekend so you can check the stack to make sure I received your assignment.

The following items are for fun and exploration:

Technology. Yes, I am guilty of late-night Googling.

Mythology. Visit the VanGoYourself site to see more pictures of people imitating works of art.

Spelling. Yet another word pair that fools the spellchecker: RIGHT versus RITE.

Featured Storybook. This project is from the Myth-Folklore class: Into the Skye. The traditional fairy tales and supernatural creatures come to life when Maisie MacLeod arrives in Scotland to live with her grandmother on the island of Skye.

Free Book Online: Today's free book is From the Land of Princes by Gabrielle Festing. See the Freebookapalooza blog for links and the table of contents. This is a collection of hero legends from Rajasthan, "The Land of Kings," in northwestern India.

Words of Wisdom: Today's saying is A good laugh is sunshine in a house (a saying of William Thackeray). Find out more at the Proverb Lab. And I hope you will have at least one good laugh today!

Video: The video for today is Manish Vyas's Shivoham. Find out more here at The Chant of Shiva.

Growth Mindset: Today's growth mindset cat has so much potential! Our true potential is unknown ... and unknowable. You can find out more at the Growth Mindset blog.

Event on Campus:T he OU School of Music will present an opera adapted from the children’s story “The Billy Goats Gruff” in the Weitzenhoffer Theater at 10AM and noon today (details). Find out more about this and other events at the Campus Calendar online.

April 29. Today is the birthday of the Indian artist Raja Ravi Varma, who was born in 1848. Those of you in Indian Epics are probably familiar with his work since he created extensive illustrations for the epics and also for the stories of the gods and goddesses of India. Below you can see his depiction of Rama building the bridge to Lanka, and you can check out the Indian Epic Images blog for more of his work.

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