Ancient World Now: On Vacation!

Well, after 2 weeks, I still have not finished all the writing projects I have going. By summer’s end, I intend to finish a novel I’ve been working on for years. Those of you who know me have heard this before, but it is time. I have just enough distance from the latest manuscript to be able to approach it with a fresh eye! I am so excited to be on the verge of completing this project!

And today, I finished a teacher’s and student’s guide to grammar that I have been working on for about 6 months now. Teaching grammar to kids is difficult if one textbook says there are 8 parts of speech and another says there are 9 (articles are really adjectives!) And what about the use of multiple terms for a concept? Outrageous! Mode/mood, auxiliary verb/helping verb, copulative verb/linking verb! No wonder kids (& adults) are confused. Anyway, I had to write my own book in order to make it clear to myself & my students. Tomorrow I will start looking for a publisher!

And then I am taking a couple of online classes!The History of Western Philosophy from the Pre-Socratics to the Middle Ages and The History of the English Language. Both are from UCBerkeley Extension Online & both are top-notch. Scroll down to the classes on Humanities. Highly recommended. Intense reading & heavyweight writing! I am loving it. And learning a lot! In future, I’ll be podcasting on Socrates, Plato, & Aristotle and we’ll look at how they fit in to the ancient world we know.

So, our next podcast will be the first weekend in September. Have a great rest of the summer, and take comfort in the knowledge that I am working for you in the meantime!

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