Years ago, my wife and I worked in a fishing canary on an island in Alaska.

This island, actually:  If you scroll down six pictures, you will see the Metlakatla Packing Plant.  That’s where we worked.

Sounds glamorous.  It wasn’t.  We cut and cleaned fish 12-15 hours a day for an entire summer with only a few days off.  I still can’t eat salmon.  She can.  It took her about ten years to come back around.

We basically worked non-stop.  As the natives explained it to me: “When the salmon are running, we work.”  And, so, work we did.

From time to time, we would get sick.  But, there wasn’t time to get sick.  Calling out of work wasn’t really an option.

Someone up there (I can no longer remember who) told me to try Alka-Seltzer Plus.

Didn’t have anything to lose, so I followed the advice.  It worked.  Wonders, really.  I’ve been using it since.  If I catch a cold, or flu, the first thing I do is take an Alka-Seltzer Plus.

For me, it works every time.

Which makes me wonder what happened to me this week.  I got sick.  Stomach pain and fatigue.  Couldn’t pull out of it.  Just had to sleep it off.  For once, Alka-Seltzer Plus didn’t work.

I have a theory.

I decided to give up processed sugar this year.  Well… my brain decided to give up sugar.  This week, I think the rest of my body revolted against my brain.  “Oh yeah, brain?  No sugar, huh?  Take this!”

Anyway, if you find yourself knocked down this winter by the cold, flu, or whatever they have decided to call it these days, try Alka-Seltzer Plus.  Helps me.

Maybe it will help you, too.



The classes:

(I cancelled classes on Thursday and Friday when I got sick.  Back on Monday.)
Since I record everything I teach, you are welcome to jump into classes any time.

German: Monday-Saturday 5:00 – 5:25 am Central Time Zone (CTZ).   We started German this week and then sputtered out when I got sick.  Back on Monday.  I know it’s early.  All classes are recorded.  You can watch later.

I used to live in Germany, and speak German fairly well.  As always my classes are public learning exercises.  Or, in this case, public improvement exercises.  I am inviting you to learn/improve with me.

Spanish:  Monday-Friday 7:00 – 7:25 am Central Time Zone (CTZ).  In Spanish, we are in chapter 24 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.  We are in chapter 10 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.

Latin 2: Monday-Friday 8:00-8:25 am CTZ. We continue to work our way through Exercitia Latina.  We are in chapter 25.  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.  We are currently in chapter 8.

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:

5:00 – 5:30 am – German: The Magic Key to German
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