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Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

 

You subscribe to my “tip of the week” and I appreciate that.  I really do.  It’s a small thing, but it means a lot to me.  In person, I am generally taciturn.  After twenty years in the classroom, and after twenty years of thinking on my feet, I find it relaxing to now think on paper.

So, thanks for listening.

Like you, I also subscribe to mailing lists.  I receive weekly emails too.  This week, Tim Ferris (of Four Hour Work Week fame) sent out a tech tip that I felt I just had to pass on to you guys.

It’s a simple thing, I know, but since I use YouTube to teach myself so much, it was kind of a huge thing for me.

Here goes.  Turns out, you can jump forward and backward on YouTube.

To go back 10 seconds, press J.
To pause, press K.
To jump forward 10 seconds press L.

Here’s a bit more from Tim:

“This might not seem like much, but it’s incredibly helpful when moving around in longer videos (or audio on YT) or trying to repeat what you just saw/heard, as clicking on the progress bar itself can lead to jumping around in 4-5-minute increments.”

So true.

This was a big moment for me this week.  I wanted to share my moment with you.  I hope you find it helpful.

By the way, I am still teaching a free, live etymology class every morning (except Sundays).

On Friday, I foolishly allowed the link to lapse.  If ever this happens again, check my blog, and the Visual Latin Facebook page.  I quickly posted the links there when I realized my mistake.

Anyway, here is the link for the next 30 days or so: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/regist…/5460760071755583747

The live class is available to anyone. Recordings, unfortunately, are only available to those who have subscribed to my site: www.dwanethomas.com

I hope your new year is off to a great start!
Dwane

Hotter Coffee

Dwane Thomas’ Tip of the Week – December 2, 2017
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Warning.  The tip this week is completely based on a First World Problem (FWP).

This time of year, my wife and I really enjoy coffee.  And also… the rest of the year.

Anyway, we like our coffee hot.  Really hot.

Here’s the problem.  (I warned you.  This is a FWP.) . When you pour a steaming hot cup of coffee into a cold coffee cup, the coffee loses some of its steaminess.

There is a simple solution.  As soon as you turn on the coffee, turn on the teapot.  Before adding coffee to a cold mug, add hot water from the teapot instead.   Let the cup of hot water sit for a minute or so.  Now your cup is hot.  Pour the water out and add coffee to your hot mug.

Now you can enjoy a very hot cup of coffee!

And… while you are enjoying your hot cup of coffee, you can learn more about First World Problems:

Have a very happy Sunday!
Dwane
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I am currently working on another book.  I had hoped to have it available last week.   Didn’t make it.  Aiming for January.  Meanwhile, here’s the book I wrote in 2013.  For the most part, it’s about learning Latin.  The tips and tricks I share, however, do apply to other subjects.  Check it out here:
https://dwanethomas.com/downloads/via-latin-lost/
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Is it too late to join one of my online classes?  No.  You can join anytime.  Simply click here:
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Would you like to be able to read the New Testament in Greek?  I can take you there.  It’s not going to be easy, but I can take you there  Join the class here:
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Almost every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

Affordable Medical Insurance that is actually affordable.

Dwane Thomas’ Tip of the Week – November 18, 2017
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As most of you know, my son almost died in a car accident last April.  My family and I were living in Athens, Greece at the time.  I had gone there to study Greek.

We received the call no parent wants to receive.

Within hours, my wife was on a plane bound for Aurora, Colorado.

Before she landed, my girls and I were on another plane bound for Aurora.

Instead of studying in Athens for several months, we ended up living in a hotel (for several weeks) across the street from Aurora medical center.  Eventually, with help from our friends and with help from our church, we rented a home.  We ended up living in Colorado for almost 2 months.

As most of you know, medical insurance is no longer as affordable as it was before the “Affordable” Care Act went into effect.

Fortunately, The “Affordable” Care Act did not make insurance unaffordable for my family.

The reason is simple.  We are members of a medi-share organization called Samaritan Ministries.

Most of you are probably familiar with this organization.  If you are not, I recommend you check them out.

During our awful ordeal in Colorado, we had plenty to worry about.  We did not have to worry about medical bills.

The help from Samaritans Ministries was phenomenal.

While I continued to work from Colorado, my wife managed the medical bills.  From time to time, when I would ask her how things were going, she would report to me that working with Samaritan’s ministries was very easy.

What a relief.  With everything else we were going through, medical bills were a major concern.  It turns out, we didn’t have to worry.  Samaritans Ministries had us covered.

It’s been over six months now since the accident.  My son continues to improve every day.  He is back to work.  Back to filming, and back to photography.  We are very grateful.

And, I am happy to report that Samaritans Ministries stepped in to cover all of my son’s medical expenses.  The medical bills did not bankrupt us, and I can keep on working.

If you are looking for an affordable shelter to protect you from the “Affordable” Care Act, then please check out Samaritans Ministries.

And if you don’t mind, when they ask how you heard about them, mention me.

I hope you all have an excellent Thanksgiving celebration!
Dwane
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I am currently working on another book.  I hope to have it available in a few weeks.  Meanwhile, here’s the book I wrote in 2013.  For the most part, it’s about learning Latin.  The tips and tricks I share, however, do apply to other subjects.  Check it out here:
https://dwanethomas.com/downloads/via-latin-lost/
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Is it too late to join one of my online classes?  No.  You can join anytime.  Simply click here:
https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/
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Would you like to be able to read the New Testament in Greek?  I can take you there.  It’s not going to be easy, but I can take you there  Join the class here:
https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/
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Almost every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

How many pages did you write?

Dwane Thomas’ Tip of the Week – November 4, 2017
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Are you a writer?  Do you sometimes wonder how much you are writing?

Maybe that’s a strange question.  Let me explain.  Every week Grammarly sends me a report like this one:

Generally, I ignore the reports.  But, this report stunned me.   373,000 words?  What does that even mean?  I needed the information in pages.  Number of words?  That just doesn’t make any sense to me.

I feel the same when talking to teenagers about cell phones.  Gigabytes?  Megabytes?  Kilobytes?  Oreo bites?  What are we talking about?  I need the information presented to me in a different format.  How many audiobooks can my phone hold?  THAT Is a measurement I can understand.

I could go on.   In fact, I think I will.

How old am I?  I have been alive 533 months, or just over 11 Olympiads.

How tall am I? 69 inches.

How much do I weigh?  Hey.  That’s none of your business.

Soooo… 373,000 words?  What does THAT mean?  Obviously, It means that my family was busy, and I was terribly bored.  But, what does it mean in pages?  Fortunately, there’s a way to find out.  Simply go to this site: http://www.netbookasus.com/wordstopages/.

Make a few adjustments.  For example, I switched the font to Times New Roman, switched the size to 12 point font, and switched the spacing to single.  (Be careful with the last one.  If you have multiple tabs open on your computer, you might accidentally switch your relationship status to single.  That could get you into trouble.  Seriously, be careful.)

After plugging in the information you will know the number of pages you wrote.  During my very long week of boredom, it turns out, I wrote 914 pages.  If you’re wondering where those pages are, they’re on my site.  I was transferring student answers over to the members’ section that week.

Incidentally, that week inspired me to try it again.  I haven’t written a book since 2013.  I don’t know why I stopped.  I’ve been waiting around for permission to write another book.  Or, maybe I’ve just been waiting around for the extra time.   Or, maybe I just found it easier to make excuses.

I needed a jolt.  About a week ago, I read a book by Bob Bly on Writing E-books.  Inspired, I decided to go for it again.  In fact, I decided to follow his instructions in painstaking detail.  Not only that, I challenged myself to complete the book in one month.  If I can write 914 pages in a week, then maybe I can write, edit, self-publish and sell another ebook in a month.  I’m about 40 pages into it already.  My goal is to have the book available November 30.  We will see.

If you’re a writer, you now know how to count those pages.

Unfortunately, I can’t explain gigabytes to you.  Go find a teenager.  Those guys can help.

Have a great weekend!
Dwane

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Here’s the book I wrote in 2013.  For the most part, it’s about learning Latin.  The tips and tricks I share, however, do apply to other subjects.  Check it out here:
https://dwanethomas.com/downloads/via-latin-lost/

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Behind in Latin?  Need help with Henle Latin?  You can join one of my classes anytime.  Help is here:
https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/

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How would you like to be able to read the New Testament in Greek?  I can take you there.  It’s not going to be easy, but I can take you there  Join the class here:
https://dwanethomas.com/subscribe/

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Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

What to pack

Traveling can actually be quite a hassle.  Or, it can be a forced rest.  Sometimes, sitting on a plane with nothing to do sounds nice.

Every time I travel, I am always envious of the the cool, carefree travelers with one backpack.  I am not envious when I watch the travelers who couldn’t decide what to pack… and, so they decided to bring it all.

Have you ever found yourself wondering exactly what you should bring on a trip?

Now, you no longer have to wonder.

Bookmark this page: https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/packing-light/ricks-packing-list.  Next time you travel, you will be glad you did.

My family and I have used Rick Steves packing checklist for years.  Keeps us from bringing too much.  It also keeps us from forgetting important essentials.

Here is the checklist itself: https://d3dqioy2sca31t.cloudfront.net/Projects/cms/production/000/014/077/original/586156d1a1849a3cb0a2bc1b10693ba1/RickStevesPackingList.pdf

As Rick Steves says, “Remember to pack light to enjoy the sweet freedom of true mobility. Happy travels!”

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Have a happy Saturday!
Dwane

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Every Saturday, I send out a tip of the week.  I also include announcements, upcoming classes, and so on.  If you would like to hear from me every weekend, sign up for my weekly updates here:

Heal your brain.

Now and then, I simply borrow someone else’s tip of the week.

Since it is 11:45 and I am still up answering emails, I am going to do just that.

This tip comes from Bill Myers.  I am doing exactly what he recommends at the moment.  I am listening to soothing music on You Tube.  I’ve got to get back to work, so here’s Bill:

Bill Myers Tip of the Week – August 12, 2017

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Heal Your Brain?

They say that ‘Music hath charms to soothe a savage beast’.

I don’t know if that holds true in every case, but I do know that in our house when my wife tunes our XM radio to the Spa channel (music you can relax to), our normally rambunctious two-year-old male cat, will settle down in front of the speakers and nod off to sleep.

Me, I prefer the soothing strains of Pink Floyd. Especially when I drive.

But a lot of people, millions it seems, like to listen to what’s being called ‘mind wave’. Music that is supposed to heal the brain, relieve stress and soothe nerves.

You can see evidence of this on YouTube, where videos with titles like ‘Heal your brain fast’, get tens of millions of views.

Whether these videos with their mind wave audio tracks can actually heal your brain is debatable. What isn’t debatable though, is the number of views they get. Some have close to a hundred million.

The thing is, these mind wave videos are easy to create – no video camera or special equipment needed. In fact, it took me less than ten minutes to create one of my own.

If you want to see what mind wave videos are and how to create them, check out the short video I posted on my site. I’m not promising what you see and hear will ‘heal your brain’, but it might.

You can watch it at

https://www.bmyers.com/public/Brain-Wave-videos.cfm

Bill Myers

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Have a Happy Sunday, everyone.

Dwane

How to track what you are reading.

Last week, I blogged about a simple way to stand out in your chosen field of expertise.

Simply read more than everyone else.

If you read a book a week for twenty years, that adds up to 1,040 books!

20 years is going to pass anyway.  You might as well have something to show for it.

By the way, we have the time.  How many hours are spent each week watching football, baseball, or hockey games?  The same math applies. Just one game a week for twenty years adds up to 1,040 games.

After I sent the tip of the week last Saturday, I received this email from a friend.  Not only does she have 8 kids, she has already read 50 books this year.

After punching a hole in the sheetrock, and after crying on the floor for a while, I emailed her back and asked how in the world she does it.  In her response, she reminded me of a site I used to know about but had long since forgotten.

“I know people never understand how I can read that much, so I always tell them 10 minutes at a time.  I never feel like I have to have huge chunks of time to read, but sitting down for even 10 minutes with a book a couple times a day adds up.   Have you heard of the website Good Reads?  I find that is a helpful way to keep track of the books I read every year, as well as read reviews on books, etc.  I am “friends” with just a few other people of whom I respect their reading choices, so it is also fun to see what they are reading.  It perpetually keeps me adding to my “want to read” shelf!  (Good Reads has “shelves” where you organize your books, i.e. Books Currently Reading, Books read in 2017, Family Read Alouds, etc.)  Anyway, you might find you like it!”

Actually, I thought all of you might like it.   If you want to track what you are reading, or if you need new ideas, or if you want to nose through your friends’ personal library without actually nosing around in their library, then check out Goodreads.com.

Have a happy Saturday (What’s left of it, anyway)!
Dwane Thomas