Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Classics: Then and Now

Some of you in Myth-Folklore might even be reading Beowulf in class this semester... whether you will be reading it in the style of Jeremy from this great Zits cartoon is up to you! :-)

Monday, December 28, 2015

Letting Go

Letting go is part of happiness. You may know the Serenity Prayer: "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." I thought this graphic was a good expression of one element of that prayer: don't let yourself be a prisoner to things you cannot change.

One of those things you cannot change is... the past.


Friday, December 25, 2015

Procrastination Flowchart


It's not procrastinating if you're drinking coffee; it's "procaffinating."

Shakespeare at OU

I really like this graphic promoting the First Folio's visit to OU: Shakespeare's First Folio is coming to OU!

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. 
— William Shakespeare, All's Well That Ends Well

Bookworm Problems

Bookworm Problems: Buying the sequels even though you've yet to read the first book.

Just Do It Now

When you realize that "I will do it later" equals "I will never do it," you just do it now.

Turning a Bad Day Around

Here are some bullet points from the article; click the link to read the whole thing!

  • Pinpoint the problem
  • Take a moment to be grateful
  • Take action
  • Change your routine
  • Reset realistic expectations
  • Learn from your bad days to prevent future ones

Think of three things that you’re grateful for
Consider what you’ve already accomplished even if it’s minor
Reflect on what triggers your bad days and which tactics help to turn them around
Believe that you are a victim of your circumstances—you choose whether to be negative or positive
Hunker down at your desk—change scenery and take a few deep breaths
Set unrealistic expectations for your day

Case study #1: Focus on opportunities not problems

Case study #2: Remember it’s just one day

This is a Library

I found this delightful item at Google+.

This is a LIBRARY: crossroads of civilization, refuge of all the arts against the ravages of time, armory of fearless truth against whispering rumor and incessant trumpet of trade; from this place words may fly abroad, not to perish as digital waves but fixed in time, not corrupted by the hurrying hand but verified in proof. Friend, you stand on sacred ground: this is a  LIBRARY.

Only one book away...

A friend shared this at Google+:

You're only one book away from a good mood.

The paradox of presence

The paradox of presence in the modern age: what are we paying attention to...?


Im in ur Narnia

Here's a literary LOLCat ... people who loved the Narnia books will appreciate this one!

Stress v. Passion

Working hard for something we don't care about is called STRESS. Working hard for something we love is called PASSION.


Brené Brown on Empathy

More about Brené Brown. This is an animated version of Brene Brown's RSA talk; you can see the full talk here: The Power of Vulnerability.

Here's a lovely still from the video:

MLK: Darkness and Light

I thought this was a beautiful graphic that someone made in response to the Paris attacks in 2015, using the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Saving Time

Adapted from this quote by Michael Ende in his brilliant novel Momo:

“People never seemed to notice that, by saving time, they were losing something else. No one cared to admit that life was becoming ever poorer, bleaker and more monotonous. The ones who felt this most keenly were the children, because no one had time for them any more. But time is life itself, and life resides in the human heart. And the more people saved, the less they had.”

Compassion and Tolerance

Every single person has at least one secret that would break your heart. If we could just remember this, I think there would be a lot more compassion and tolerance in the world. — Frank Warren, creator of Post Secret

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Reading on Christmas Eve

What a lovely tradition!

In Iceland, books are exchanged on Christmas Eve, and you spend the rest of the night READING. People generally take their books to bed along with some chocolate. How cozy and wonderful does that sound? Iceland publishes MORE BOOKS per capita than any other country, and new books are typically published only during the Christmas season. The frenzy is called Jolabokaflod, which means Christmas Book Flood.

What Happens When You Read

Hector Bassi shared this image at Google+ but I cannot read the name of the original artist; if anyone recognizes this artist, please let me know!

Reading for Escape

Reading can be a great form of escape: Today I will live in the moment unless it is unpleasant in which case I will read a book.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

To see a World in a Grain of Sand

I found this lovely graphic in a Twitter post by Chitra Divakaruni. You can see more of William Blake's poem: Auguries of Innocence. For more about the genius William Blake himself, see Wikipedia.

To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower 
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand 
And Eternity in an hour.
— William Blake

Don Quixote Reading

I got the idea for this from Bibliophilia at Twitter.  The painting is by Adolf Schrodter Schwedt, "Don Quixote Seated in an Armchair."

Hasta la muerte todo es vida.
Until death it is all life. 
— Cervantes 

Happiness: Eudaimonia

Insight into happiness as imagined by the ancient Greeks, via the WordStuckwebsite.

Sponge Bob: Procrastination

An animated gif for the Procrastination Humor files. :-)

Monday, December 21, 2015

Procrastination: Older and Wiser

Because we all procrastinate, that means we all need some procrastination humor! :-)

Procrastinator? No, I just wait until the last second to do my work because I will be older, therefore wiser.

Friday, December 18, 2015

H.E.A.R.T. Videos Widget

I've made a randomizing widget for my H.E.A.R.T. Playlist at YouTube:

I made these widgets with Randy Hoyt's wonderful

The widget is designed to be 400 pixels wide:

There is also an iframe version that you can use in Canvas or similar environment that does not allow direct use of javascripts; you can adjust the height variable as needed:

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Readers Around the World

The United States does not come out so well on this measure, the numbers for India are very high! I found this map via Amazing Maps at Twitter. Click on the image for a larger view:

Hours reading per week per person

1. India — 10 hours, 42 minutes
2. Thailand — 9:24
3. China — 8:00
4. Philippines — 7:36
5. Egypt — 7:30
6. Czech Republic — 7:24
7. Russia — 7:06
8. Sweden — 6:54
8. France — 6:54
10. Hungary — 6:48
10. Saudi Arabia — 6:48
12. Hong Kong — 6:42
13. Poland — 6:30
14. Venezuela — 6:24
15. South Africa — 6:18
15. Australia — 6:18
17. Indonesia — 6:00
18. Argentina — 5:54
18. Turkey — 5:54
20. Spain — 5:48
20. Canada — 5:48
22. Germany — 5:42
22. USA — 5:42
24. Italy — 5:36
25. Mexico — 5:30
26. U.K. — 5:18
27. Brazil — 5:12
28. Taiwan — 5:00
29. Japan — 4:06
30. Korea — 3:06

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cooper Lund on the weight of depression, ending mental illness stigma.

I wanted to share an article from the OU Daily (with video) written by Cooper Lund, who some of you may have known as a student in the Myth-Folklore class last semester. It's on a very important topic, and I really admire Cooper for sharing his experience here: Cooper Lund on the weight of depression, ending mental illness stigma.

See more videos / read more articles in this series: OU Mental Health.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Open Heart, Open Mind

Jake Morgan was a student in Myth-Folklore last year, and I am very glad to share his TEDxOU talk here: Understanding mental illness through empathic storytelling: Jake Morgan and Neal Walia at TEDxOU.

Jake and Neal set up a group, Open Heart, Open Mind at OU, and you can read an article at the OU Daily about their efforts: OU students create mental health forum to dismantle stigmas of mental health.

Here's their TED talk:

See more videos / read more articles in this series: OU Mental Health.

Here's a photo from their TED session:

Saturday, December 5, 2015

The Value of 10 Minutes: Writing Advice for the Time-Less Academic

I really like this article by Gregory Semenza: The Value of 10 Minutes: Writing Advice for the Time-Less Academic.

Here's a brief summary:
Most people make the mistake of surrendering these small bits of time to distractions. But what if we made a habit of using one, two, or even three of the 10- to 15-minute troughs in our day for real writing instead? Undoubtedly your best writing will still come in focused periods of about 90 to 120 minutes. But I can think of at least three reasons why writing in 10- to 15-minute bursts throughout your work week will make you a significantly more productive, focused, and satisfied writer.
Reason 1: It makes writing less daunting.
Reason 2: It makes you want to write more.
Reason 3: It helps you stay in the flow.

Read the article to find out more!

Happiness Jar

Here is a writing challenge that you might enjoy — it would be a nice way to write a tiny something every day, and also to then enjoy what you collect later on! I first learned about this from someone at Google+.

Happiness JarWrite down something that made you happy every day for a year, then open the jar and read all about the amazing things that happened.


I thought you might enjoy this article in the New Yorker about bibliotherapy: "Bibliotherapy is a very broad term for the ancient practice of encouraging reading for therapeutic effect."

by Ceridwen Dovey

Quote: So even if you don’t agree that reading fiction makes us treat others better, it is a way of treating ourselves better. Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers. “Fiction and poetry are doses, medicines,” the author Jeanette Winterson has written. “What they heal is the rupture reality makes on the imagination.”

Friday, November 27, 2015

Documenting FOR Learning

One of the most important attention strategies is documenting: as thoughts and experiences fly by in time, you need to document them if you want to save them and learn from them later on.

For more ideas, see this graphic and blog post by Silvia Tolisano from her Langwitches blog: Documenting FOR Learning.