Explore. Dream. Discover… Change!

 “Every day we have an opportunity to create a living masterpiece.”      – Michael Gervais How to change? That is the question. Then what happens?  That is the next question… I have recently discovered the podcasts of Michael Gervais and his brainchild, “Finding Mastery”. The discussions he has with the people in his pod-cast forum are inspiring and…

Kipling, Lear and Rey en route to Biscayne Bay…

When the cabin port-holes are dark and green Because of the seas outside ; When the ship goes wop (with a wiggle between) And the steward falls into the soup-tureen, And the trunks begin to slide ; When Nursey lies on the floor in a heap, And Mummy tells you to let her sleep, And…

Creativity Afloat

“Creativity is not a talent, but a way of operating.”  John Cleese Painting is my passion. Studio space onboard? I wish! I am often asked if I am able to paint while living onboard Cortado. The honest answer is easy: No. However, I do find myself completely “creative” on Cortado. While I miss oil painting outdoors and in…

Eight Bells* for Florence Marie

Saying goodbye is hard to do.  Last week my grandma Hagedorn passed away. She was 97 and a half years old – a beautiful woman, deeply special to me and with so many talents. Life is like a patchwork quilt, And each little patch is a day. Some patches are rosy, happy and bright, And…

About Socialization

SOCIALIZATION.  When talking about our travel school, often someone will comment to us in a hushed tone, “But what about socialization?”… I cringe at the question, but understand the concern. Children are inherently social creatures and luckily ours make friends of every age, color, religion and nationality wherever we go. Travel-Schooling for us, involves about seven…

Every Piece Counts

Travel-School means we experience a lot of freedom in our days. We can choose if we want our school-days to be more structured (as they are lately) or rife with adventure.  Some of our days are not much unlike a ‘regular school’ day, in that we start early and work our way through subject, after subject. Some…

Love Changes Everything

“How our lives turn and turn. Things come that we never would have predicted for ourselves or even guessed at. And yet they change us forever.”    – Paula McLain, Circling the Sun We are acutely aware that our nomadic living/learning life is no longer an experiment – we want to continue travel-schooling and adventuring F O…

Hope, Change and Happy Thanksgiving!

Over the past few weeks, we have felt a need for quiet reflection and being with nature. Cortado has been the perfect place to do this. We have worked so hard to get here – this magical place of low-stress, high-energy and uninterrupted adventure. Our mission is to extract the good from each day and learn all we can…

Wealth is Not About Things you Own – It’s About Things you Do

The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have. – Reinhold Messner “We believe that true wealth is defined by the experiences we have and the people we share them with” says our own mvCortado captain and best-dad-ever Tony Rey. When Tony first started his business, Rey Sailing, Inc, he was the only…

You Are What You Read

Reading is an all-consuming pastime for our family. We devour books individually, but travel-schooling has allowed us the chance to read together as well. WE LOVE THIS. When we read together, we find so many instances to relate literature to our daily lives. Our dinner-time discussions are rich with literary reference and empathy towards characters in real-life. Current…

Education is…

Education is not a straight, narrow path. There are many ways to educate and evolve our children in today’s world. Three weeks in Truckee, CA has been inspiring as to how this region of small towns nestled in between the Sierra Nevada mountains and the sandy shores of Lake Tahoe are making a difference in education….

Safe and Sound

Whew. Well, the good news is that we are safe in BEAR COUNTRY, tucked happily into the Sierra Nevada mountains. Tony is racing TP52’s in Portugal, the kids are thriving in school and life is normal in our beautiful, albeit temporary, Lake Tahoe house.  – The not so good news this week was Hurricane Matthew. As you can…