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Reading Notes: Jataka Tales part B

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 How the Monkey Saved His Troop By Ellen C. Babbitt I like the different places the fruit fell, I could make a story based on where the fruit fell and how it influences the story in latter areas. I think it was interesting how the author compared mangoes to another fruit, the peach.  The monkeys took what the tree gave, but also climbed the tree to take what wasn't ready to fall or not. The mango was discovered by the king on accident, and the king found out about the fruit from foresters. The king decides to take all of the mangoes, and kill all of the monkeys, which has a greedy theme to the story. The chief of the monkeys worked to save them all, there is a theme I relate to the modern world of humans wanting what animals have so they wipe out both. Similar to a new documentary I watched called seaspiracy.  The chief had the monkeys cross his back, so he literally carried his loved ones on his back. The ending of the story is the absolute best part. The king sees how the chief m

Reading notes: Jataka Tales Part A

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 The Golden Goose By Ellen C. Babbitt This story opened really well to set up the characters and their situations, I also really enjoyed the pictures and the way they looked. They were silhouette pictures with the matching background of the website, it looked really cool! I really like how the goose immediately thought of how to help the family, without knowing them. I will want to use something like that in one of my stories. "So away the Goose flew" I am not sure how to describe this but I love the way the author worded this action. I also like the theme of giving without the expectation of receiving. It makes me so sad to think the mother felt the need to take everything from the goose out of fear from not having the comfort of the goose always returning. I like that the daughters did not want to take from the goose. However, it did not matter. The mother's fear of not being able to care for her daughters overcame right and wrong. The mother did what she felt she neede

Learning Challenge: Desk Yoga

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 I learned a lot of new ways to stretch while studying at my desk from the Harvard Business Review I suggest you visit this site to learn some new ways to stretch while you study or work! It's not good to sit at a desk all day, especially with a majority of classes (at least for me) being online. Making an effort to stretch through out the day gives your body that little boost it needs. First fav, the open chest stretch. I often close off my chest and hold my breath when I am stressed finding sources are typing reports, so I'll try this stretch whenever I notice it happening. Neck Stretch, I can be so rigid sometimes without realizing it. My neck ends up sore every time I do homework so I'll this stretch every 15 minutes of sitting at my desk. Shoulder rolls will be an easy go-to so that I can de-tense my upper body. So I am going to try to relieve those lil' stressed muscles with some shoulder rolls. Do a lil' stretch

Week 9 Story: The Princess in disguise

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 Source: Tiny Tales from the Mahabharata By Laura Gibbs In a kingdom somewhere, there was a princess. She was the only child of the king and next in line to the throne. Many suitors came from lands far away longing for her hand, and the power that came with it. Man after man, she only saw deceit, greed, and entitlement. She knew she would have to find a husband elsewhere. The princess went to her sorceress, and asked her to turn her into and old, unbecoming woman covered in wrinkles and warts. The sorceress says "what a strange request, in what way could this help you?" The princess answers "I just want to try something different, no reason!" Of course the princess hid the real reason she was changing her appearance. She did not want the sorceress to tell her father because he would stop her. That night the princess left the castle to the outskirts. She would go door to door, knocking and asking for a place to stay. The princess decided she would take the hand of th

Reading Notes: The Five Tall Sons of Pandu (Part A)

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 Source:  The Indian Story Book: The Five Tall Sons of Pandu By Richard Wilson The story begins with Pandu and his five sons: Yudhishthira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula (twin with) and Sahadeva. Pandu then dies, and his blind brother Dhritarashtra becomes king with 100 sons (eldest Duryodhana)     His sons are trained by Drona Drona sets up duels for the cousins, Bhima and Duryodhana fight too fiercely and were forced to stop     Arjuna shows his skills in archery     Arjuna challenged by Karna, who is unable to proclaim lineage and becomes king of Huga     Duryodhana defends Karna's skills despite humble background Yudhishthira is to become king, Duryodhana is furious and tries to burn the brothers with their mother (Pritha), but they escape Karna tries to win the archery contest for princess Draupadi's hand, but is refused even after stringing the bow Arjuna, as a hermit, then strings the bow and hits the target Arjuna calls Draupadi a prize Pandavas have an aliance with king Drupad

Week 8 Reading and Writing (EC)

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 Looking back at my reading notes and stories was a really fun assignment! I usually never look at my past work very much, but it was nice to actually see how my work has changed/improved over the course. I learned that taking notes in a list-wise way was most helpful for me to remember the past stories I read. I think I should have included more of the writing style in my reading notes when I write in a list-wise way. My favorite story so far was the sleep goddess, Nidra Devi, the most. I used that to make my website story as well. Reading through my stories, I saw an increase in creativity. My creativity was my most nerve-racking aspect of the class. Re-reading my stories really boosted my confidence because I saw how I was improving and getting out of my comfort zone. I think that was my greatest accomplishment so far. I have never been one to step out of my comfort zone so it was nice to finally try it!  Looking forward I want to keep working on expanding my creativity and jump rig

Reading Notes: Mahabharata Part D (Extra credit)

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  Tiny Tales from the Mahabharata by Laura Gibbs Tiny Tales 151-170 -Krishna could not be destroyed by the Vishnu-astra because he created the astra -Bhima's son was killed by Ghatatkacha after Karna attacked Ghatatkacha with a celestial spear     -the celestial spear could only be used once, Ghatatkacha rose into the sky, expanded, and fell upon the army -Arjuna was upset over the plan to trick Drona with the death of his son so that they could kill him -They were able to kill Drona, but his son Ashwatthama, vowed revenge -Krishna and Arjuna bow to Ashwatthama's fire weapon, a weapon that would not kill unarmed men -Ashwatthama vows to make the Pandavas pay by the end of the war -Karna and Arjuna battle, Karna fires a serpent arrow at Arjuna, which only hits his crown -Karna's charioteer, Shalya, refuses to help Karna -Arjuna hesitated to kill Karna while he was defenseless, but decides to obey Krishna's order to kill Karna -Krishna askes Karna for a gift before his d