Week 4 StoryLab: Language

I really enjoyed these spelling and grammar videos as it gave me a lot of insight to the language I am native in, as well as how it can be compared to my second language, Urdu, which I learned from my parents growing up. The videos gave you information on how to better your language and grammar. This was done by telling you what exactly, for example, a semicolon did, how it was used, and when it can be applied. The video also gave background as to how it was developed, which allowed for more insight as to why we use certain punctuation in the first place. I enjoyed the video on how languages evolved, as well. This helped me understand more about my native language, English, and made me curious as to how my home language became a part of the mix.
The video on why grammar matters was also informative on the topic of language. I always believed grammar was important, as it is, in general, the building blocks to getting your point across in any scenario. Whether you are writing a letter t…

Reading Notes: Cupid and Psyche, Part B

Although Venus (Aphrodite) is the lovely goddess of love, her husband is Vulcan (Hephaestus), the god of the forge and metalworking, a lame god whom Venus did not love at all. Among her lovers was the god of war, Mars (Ares). There is a famous incident recorded already in the ancient poem, Homer's Odyssey, which tells how Vulcan used his skill as a craftsman to fashion a net which trapped the unsuspected lovers in bed, exposing their adulterous love for all the gods and goddesses of Olympus to see. Psyche, seeking protection from the goddess Venus, appeals to the two other great goddesses:Demeter and Hera There are many gods and goddesses in the Greek and Roman traditions who are personifications of abstract concepts. The most famous is Fortuna, the goddess who is "Luck" personified. Here your will meet a goddess who is named Consuetudo in Latin, which Kline translates as "Familiarity," and this goddess is in turn a servant of the goddess Venus.
Tony Kline. Cupi…

Reading Notes: Cupid and Psyche, Part A

As the story begins the hero of Apuleius's novel, a man named Lucius, has been turned into a donkey. He is now in the possession of a band of robbers who are using him as a pack animal; they also have a horse in their possession (he is a normal horse, unlike our magical donkey-hero who does indeed regain his human form at the end of the novel). There is also an old woman who is part of the band; this old woman is going to be our storyteller for the "Cupid and Psyche" fairy tale.The young woman explains to the old woman that the robbers kidnapped her on her wedding day. Even worse, she has a dream about the kidnapping which has made her even more upset than she was to begin with. It is at this moment that the old woman decides to tell the story of "Cupid and Psyche" to cheer the poor girl upn this part of the story you will see a standard fairytale plot element: the prohibition, which will be followed by a transgression of that prohibition. Cupid gives Psyche so…

Week 3: Feedback Strategies

1.  Five Reasons to Stop Saying "Good Job!"2. How to Give Feedback Without Sounding Like a Jerk
I found these resources very interesting individually, but more particularly I enjoyed how they went hand-in-hand with one another. The first source covers much of its content in the title of avoiding the phrase "good job!" because it simplifies an achievement that can receive more than just a reduced phrase. Interestingly, the author also mentions about how in certain groups, like children, it draws a type of attention to them that makes them want to not repeat the behavior when told "good job" because it becomes lackluster, which is an interesting psychology.The second source then helps to divert to another method of praise from just "good job." It is more detailed than just giving feedback, but rather structures why and how you should give feedback, and its methods of doing so. These include relating yourself to the person receiving feedback, as wel…

Topic Research: Japanese Ghost Stories

1. Ghost Story of the Flute's TombSource2. Ghost of the Violet WellSource3. The Snow GhostSource
Extra links/references:
The Snow Ghost

Week 2 Story: What Do You Want to be When You Grow up?

What Do You Want to be When You Grow up?It was Senior year for Ben. The most exciting year in high school for any student getting through the hell that was high school. For Ben, it was another year in hell. He was excited to graduate, most definitely, but this was just another year in high school, nothing special. When people asked him why, it was because he was constantly asked the infamous line to anyone in their final years of high school: "what do you want to be when you grow up?" or the student version: "what are you going to major in???"He didn't know. More importantly, he didn't care. He was just going to going to following his father's footsteps of being an accountant. The most straightforward, bland, version of what anyone could do for the rest of their life as a career, at least to him.And so the months sailed by, month after month, week after week, and day after day, the same question echoed both within him in his mind, and in his surrounding…

Reading Notes, Adam & Eve, Part A

Creation elaborates on how the Heavens were formed with 
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
there is a large emphasis on the LORD and his working
particularly, the creation of man as well
And Adam said, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh."
there was an emphasis on Paradise in which they were cast in
Paradise being such as it was, it was, naturally, not necessary for Adam to work the land. True, the Lo…