Phones, Ipads, email, computers, and social media… 

I find it all so distracting.  Perhaps you do too.  

If you are having trouble staying on task, if you are having trouble getting things done, if you find yourself constantly distracted by all the flashing screens, try this.

Carry a small journal around with you.  

Use it to jot down ideas, thoughts, agendas, reminders, names… anything really.  

I carry one of these in my pocket always:

I have tried to use digital reminders, checklists, agendas, and so on.  But, I find I get lost in the digital waterfall of information.  Every time I open my phone to jot down a note, I feel attacked by numerous busy digital voices trying to get me to pay attention to them.  

I find it’s easier to ignore my phone and just write things down the old-fashioned way… with an actual pen and some actual paper.

Best of all, it’s easy to thumb through old journals to find forgotten thoughts and ideas.  I have journals going back years.  It’s easy to pull them down to find out what I was thinking weeks ago, months ago, or even years ago.   

Often, I will find ideas I didn’t put into action because the time wasn’t right.  That’s okay.  Since I wrote the ideas down, I still have them. 

Had I put those ideas into my phone, they would likely be gone. In general, once I plug those thoughts and ideas into my phone, they are gone for good.  

If like me, you find yourself easily distracted, perhaps this tip will help.



And, now… some reminders.

Last week was rough.  I had to cancel quite a few classes.  I will re-film some of them, and some of them we will just get to this week.

I think the problems are solved, and I am sorry for the troubles.


We will be taking a fall break this year.   There will be no classes next week, October 6-12 

For this reason, classes will no longer end at the end of April.  I will extend classes into the first week of May, and perhaps beyond.   


The early morning, daily Henle Latin classes continue.  We are working through the exercises in First Year Latin and Second Year Latin by Robert Henle.  

Members of my site (who feel like getting up early for Latin) are welcome to join.  The links are on this page:

If you aren’t a member of my site but would like to join, click here:


Unfortunately, due to the Henle Latin classes, I am still postponing Greek and Italian for a while.  A few people have asked about Greek, and one has asked about Italian.   So, I thought those were the classes to postpone while I try to finish the Henle Latin series once and for all. 

I will likely add those classes later.  I typically add more classes as the year goes on.  So, hang in there.  If you are missing Greek and Italian, just hang out on DuoLingo for a bit. 

I will bring Greek and Italian back on my site.  I am trying to master those languages, and have not dropped that goal. 


And, now, the same thing I say every time I send this email… 

Subscribers sometimes use my weekly emails as reminders to unsubscribe from my site. 

That’s cool.  I get it.  I should unsubscribe from quite a few websites myself. 

But, keep in mind… I offer something no one else in academia (as far as I know) offers.  Stick with me for 3 uninterrupted years and you will have a lifetime subscription

I am sure this is a pretty dumb business decision on my part, but I have heard from many of you that it is a huge help, so, for now, the offer stands.  

And… for the fourth year in a row, I am NOT raising the subscription rate on my site.  

Of course, if you are just starting out in Latin, you may be happier with Visual Latin.   

Visual Latin is a full-blown Latin course.  It is rigorous, just not as rigorous as the classes on my site.  The classes on my site are more “next level” classes, really.     

If you are a subscriber, here is the schedule of classes I am currently teaching:

You are welcome to join any of them or all of them.  There are also many other classes available on my site that you can watch anytime.  No reason to wait around for a live class!

Again… if you aren’t a member and would like to join, click here:

I hope you are having a very happy Monday!