This One Trick Will Help You Learn Languages Faster

“Language teachers hate it when you do this!” I couldn’t resist starting this post with some click-bait text. 😬 Recently I saw this post on Twitter: This leads to a heated exchange on Twitter, including the following: Basically, the point here is is that if you want to learn a language and communicate smoothly, youContinue reading “This One Trick Will Help You Learn Languages Faster”

A Nerd Dad’s Review of Mythic Odysseys of Theros

Hi folks, In addition to my recent adventures in adventure module writing, and gardening, I finally got a belated Father’s Day gift recently: The Mythic Odysseys of Theros (MOoT) is a cross-over reference guide between Dungeons and Dragons and Magic: The Gathering, specifically the Greek-mythology inspired plane of Theros. Theros is a kind of idealizedContinue reading “A Nerd Dad’s Review of Mythic Odysseys of Theros”


Hello Dear Readers, The last couple weeks in lockdown (with at least 4 more ahead) have been interesting. After the initial panic, we’ve gradually settled into a routine where keep our kids “in school” during weekdays, take walks a lot in the neighborhood, only visit the grocery store as needed, and generally learn to keepContinue reading “Priorities”

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

I saw this Twitter post today by the awesome blog Sententiae Antiquae: “Alive for a day: What is a person? What is not a person? A human is a dream of a shadow” ἐπάμεροι· τί δέ τις; τί δ’ οὔ τις; σκιᾶς ὄναρ #Pindar — sententiae antiquae (@sentantiq) January 8, 2020 This quotation by ancientContinue reading “Here Today, Gone Tomorrow”

The Hellenistic World: Ancient Greece on a Wider Scale

When most people think of Ancient Greece, they think of ancient Athens with its democracy and philosophers, or Sparta with its militaristic culture.1 But Greece was a much larger and more complex culture, and no where is this more evident than in the Hellenistic Period. The Hellenistic Period, covers a broad period from the deathContinue reading “The Hellenistic World: Ancient Greece on a Wider Scale”

Agamemnon Was A Total Dick

As my studies of Ancient Greek continue, thanks to the Greek 101 course available at The Great Courses, I have been translating small sections of ancient text, The Iliad, as part of the homework.  You can see my crazy chicken-scratch above for lines 17-27 in the first book.  For today’s post, I wanted to drawContinue reading “Agamemnon Was A Total Dick”