This summer, I am slowly adding and archiving old “Tips of the Week”

I sent this one out on May 8, 2021:


We are all pretty used to Google.

Unfortunately, Google tracks everything we do.  We all know that.

But, there are options.

You can change your search engine.

For example, I use DuckDuckGo.  I’ve been using it happily for some time.

There is another one I just found out about.  SwissCows is a search engine based in Switzerland.  I haven’t used it yet, but honestly, it looks pretty amazing.

If you look at their site, you will find this:

#1: We promote moral values

#2: We hate violence and pornography.

#3: We promote digital media education.

If you’ve used SwissCows, let me know what you think.

I’ll be switching to it this summer.

By, the way, live classes are officially over for the summer.  However, I am still teaching two courses.  I will continue to do so unless I decide to go biking out west when it gets too hot in Tennessee.

I am teaching a Latin course.  In this course, we are continuing to work our way through Exercitia Latina by Hans Ørberg.  We are currently in chapter 17.  If you are a member of my site, you are welcome to join us.  We meet every weekday at 8 in the morning, central time zone.

The other course is a Spanish course.  We are reading through the book All Spanish Method by Guillermo Aviles.   We are currently in chapter 15.  If you are a member of my site, you are welcome to join us.  We meet every weekday at 7 in the morning, central time zone.

No class this coming Monday and Tuesday as I will be on the road for a few days.

What do I recommend?

“To learn Latin, Greek, French, Spanish, Italian, or German, which books do I order?”  This is the most common question I receive.

To find my answers, just go to my site,

Find the resources tab, and find the language you are looking for in the dropdown menu.

For example, if you are looking for the books I recommend for learning Latin, click on the Latin tab:

Same for Greek.  Same for Spanish.  And, so on.

Down at the bottom, underneath the languages, you will also see three more tabs, HealthyWealthy and Wise.

These are the three categories I have used for years to organize my goals.

They are based on Benjamin Franklin’s maxim: “Early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.”

Anyway, in these tabs, I include books and links that help me achieve these goals.  You may find them useful as well.

I’ll make it easy for you.  Here they all are:


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, for now, 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.  So now, Volumes 2 and 3 of Word Up are available.

And… if you aren’t a member of my site and would like to join, click here:

I hope you have a very happy Saturday!

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