New website tomorrow… I hope.

You can tell I built my website alone.  You can also tell that I am a Latin teacher, not a website designer.

Fortunately, I have a friend who knows how to design websites… and who also understands design.

For the past few weeks, he has been re-designing my site.  If all goes well, the new site launches tomorrow afternoon.  I am looking forward to it.

He removed a lot of the unnecessary sign-up steps that so many of you have had to deal with.  You had to deal with those steps because I did not know what I was doing.  I asked him to simplify the process for you guys.  He did.

That said, I know there will be problems tomorrow.  Some of you may find yourselves locked out of my site.  Please be patient with me.  I will do everything I can to rectify any mistakes.

I will also be creating some videos to help you guys navigate the new site.

Anyway, I just wanted to warn you.  Things could get a little weird over the weekend as you try to get into some of your classes, or as you get into the forums.

Fortunately, it’s Latin.  And, really… there are no emergencies when it comes to Latin.


The silence

My site is about to change drastically.  Hopefully… Thursday.

In the meantime, the designer is doing all he can to make the transition a smooth transition.

During this time, we are doing our best to keep up with correspondence.  As always, it may be some time before you hear from me.

Thanks for understanding.

– Dwane


I have to cancel some classes.

I hate canceling classes.  Hate.  Hate.  Hate.  Double hate.  Loathe entirely.

That said, I have to cancel two classes this Thursday.  Appointment.

So… Italian and Greek.  Both classes are canceled.

Unless… you want to get up early.  If enough of you are interested, I will move both classes back three hours.  Italian will start at 6 central time zone, and Greek will start at 7 central time zone.

Email me.  Let me know.  If earlier works for you, I will teach the class.  If not, I will cancel.

Incidentally, I am working on next year’s schedule.  I am considering moving all of my classes drastically.   I may move them to the extreme mornings, or I may move them to the evenings.   Looking for some feedback.

What do you think, guys?




Business Math?

I received this email:

This is not a latin question. We respect your points of view about college and being debt free. My son is very smart and is college material. However, wants to build a business and not go to college. This past summer he began a car wash business. Well all i can say is he is learning from his mistakes. Now , i am looking for a great business math curriculum. You mentioned on one of your past emails that it would be more helpful than higher math. So my question would be if you have any suggestions of a curriculum or text you have tested that he could pursue studying. He is in 11 grade and has already finished PreCalc/Trig. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. You are a great role model to the children and us adults. Thank you for standing against what we have been fed as normal. Is time to break off from the mold 🙂

Here is my reply:

Continue reading Business Math?

Rise and shine.

I received this note from someone in the (now defunct) Word Up Live class.

I have been out of town on a business trip this week on Pacific time. I can get up at 4 am, but 3 am was asking too much with a full day’s work following….so I did not join this week. 

I will be home in the morning so I plan to join the group again. I’m hoping you’re still holding the early morning chats?  

I am ever so grateful that you have gifted me with the habit of getting up early!  It has changed my life!!  Thank you!!!!  You have also given me a new love of words with the many tips and tricks to learn new words!!  

Here is my reply:

I fell sick and then ended up in a family-drama tar pit.  In the end, I canceled the class.  Considering bringing it back, but at the moment, it’s dead in the water.

Careful with the early rising habit.  I totaled a car once because I was driving tired.  I had gotten up early that morning.  Just want to warn you.

Perhaps I should let Mark Twain warn you. “Don’t believe all that nonsense about rising early.  I knew a man who got up early one morning, and a horse bit him.”  

Have a happy Friday!

Two new “classes”.

Sometimes there just isn’t enough time in class to cover it all.

This has been a major problem with Second Year Latin by Robert Henle.  There just isn’t always enough time for the readings he assigns.

So, on Monday’s (until May) we are going to gather to read Caesar’s Gallic Wars together.  We will focus on the readings Mr. Henle assigns.  If you are in the Second Year Latin class, you do not have to come… but, you can come if you like.

Also on Mondays, I am going to pick up the “extra practice” classes I once taught for Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.   The last time I taught this class, we stopped in chapter 5.  We are going to pick it up in chapter 6.  Again, if you are in the class, this extra practice class is not required.  But… come if you like.

Sorry.  This is not open to the public.  Subscribers only.

As for the word of the day class I was teaching, I am not sure that is coming back.  I fell sick for days and lost my motivation completely.  It may be under the bed.

If you want the links to the Monday classes, just contact me.

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