Good morning!

It’s easy to fall into negative thinking patterns.  

In fact, if you consume any amount of media, you may suspect (as I do) that they want you to fall into those patterns.  

The news is the only place where someone says “Good Evening!” and then lists all the reasons it isn’t.

To keep myself from falling into negative thinking patterns, I will often wear a rubber band on my wrist.   

When I catch myself entertaining negative thoughts about myself, or anyone else, I pop the rubber band.  

The sting brings me back to reality.  

It’s a simple idea, I know.

But, give it a try.  

You just may find yourself perpetually positive.  


The classes:

Here is what we are up to.  Since I record everything I teach, you are welcome to jump into classes any time.


Spanish – Monday-Friday 7:00 – 7:25 am Central Time Zone (CTZ).  
In Spanish, we are finishing up chapter 20 of the book All Spanish Method by Guillermo Aviles.  If you are starting out this year, and you want to tag along, the previous chapters are all up on my site.  Subscribers have access to them 24/7.

Keep in mind I am still learning Spanish.  So, I am “teaching” this class.  The truth is… I am simply learning Spanish publicly.  You are welcome to join me.


French – Monday-Friday 7:30 – 7:55 am CTZ.

This week, we started chapter 6 of Le Francais par la Methode Nature.  Last year, I took students through the first 20 chapters, or so.  This time, we will try to make it to the end.  There are 50 chapters.  It will take a few years.  I do not intend to start over next summer.   

Keep in mind I am still learning French.  So, I am “teaching” this class.  The truth is… I am simply learning French publicly.  You are welcome to join me.



I am now teaching two Latin classes.

I canceled Latin 3 (Third Year Latin by Robert Henle) last week.  I will bring it back, but I don’t know when.  It’s such a dull, tedious, boring book, I just couldn’t take it anymore.  And, no one was coming to class anyway.  

By the way, I am not alone in my assessment.  C.S. Lewis called Cicero the “great bore”, and Dorothy Sayers recommended Latin teachers “throw that dreary man Cicero out the window”.

If you really want to learn Latin well, and if you want to have a good time while doing it, read Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  Feel free to join the Lingua Latina class I am teaching every weekday morning.  We are currently in Chapter 5.

Latin 2: Monday-Friday 8:00-8:25 am CTZ

We continue to work our way through Exercitia Latina.  We are currently in chapter 22.  This class is really for those who want to go even deeper into Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg.  If you were in Latin 3 (Third Year Latin by Robert Henle), you would benefit from this class.

Latin 1: Monday-Friday 8:30-8:55 am CTZ

This year, we started Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg over again.  Enough people asked.  We are currently in chapter five.


Though I can’t believe it, every year some people come to every class I teach.  I guess they just like my voice.

So, if you decide to come to them all, here are the same classes from above in chronological order:

7:00 – 7:25 amSpanish 2: All Spanish Method by Guillermo Aviles

7:30 – 7:55 amFrench 1: Le Francais par la Methode Nature
8:00 – 8:25 am Latin 2: Exercitia Latina by Hans Ørberg
8:30 – 8:55 am Latin 1: Lingua Latina by Hans Ørberg

Thanksgiving break is coming up in a month, or so.  There will be no classes November 22-26.


And now… the same thing I say every week.

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

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

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.  

By the way, if you are into etymology (the history of words), and if you would like to see me make a fool of myself, you might enjoy Word Up

Five years ago, or so, we launched this series just to see if it would work.  It did. 

And, after years of listening to many of you beg for more, I finally gave in and agreed to make a fool of myself once again. 

Volumes 2 and 3 of Word Up are available.  

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I hope you have a very happy Saturday!


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