Go Timbalero! A history.

We are just days out from moving onboard TIMBALERO, celebrating our fifth year of travel-school. This family is excited! We will miss our land-friends for sure, but winter passes quickly and we are always back on terra firma in time for some freezing-rain-driven, early-spring New England weather and of course, baseball spring training. TIMBALERO = (noun);…

Ode to Cortado

We have exciting news. As of today, Cortado has a new owner in Jacksonville, FL. While this change has been in the queue for us, it does not lessen the hard fact that we will miss her. We outgrew her size, but not her heart. Our beautiful boat gave us much joy, adventure, comfort and safety….

The Best Gift of 2017

“Giving is the master key to success in all applications of human life.”   – Bryant McGill Community Service gives us purpose. The small food-pantry work we do at the Martin Luther King Center and our plastic-removal mission on SEATEAM combine to have an impact on our family. We make a year-round effort – which we…

Homework for Homeschool?

Do Homeschoolers have Homework? I recently over-heard Oliver’s reply to the question above with a question of his own: “Wouldn’t that just be school after school?” Well, his hypothetical is right. Whether public, private or parochial, most classrooms have quite a few students and I understand how there would be enough time to teach a…

Cortado: Safe in Jacksonville

“Irma-gawd!” … wins for the best spray-painted hurricane-barrier sign of the storm. I wish I had a photo of it. So clever, and it is not easy to be clever in a time of panic. Mother Nature always wins. Hurricane Irma was gigantic, powerful and packed a brutal punch on the Caribbean islands, Bahamas, (et…

Getting Ready: Travel School 101

“Before everything else, getting ready is the secret to success.”   – Henry Ford This summer was brilliant: chock-full of baseball, beach and lazy, sunny afternoons. Somehow, it always seems to fly by too quickly. While trying to squeeze in the sun, I also spent a great part of my summer selecting a new curriculum for the kids….

LIFE LIST of Books for Middle-Schoolers and Beyond

With our first day of school just around the corner, I am using my last, lazy summer days to update our home-library. In the process of organizing our most cherished titles, I have come up with a great list to share. These favorites are works of literature that every child (and adult!) should read. Though…

Vintage Boats and Modern Families

Cortado is part of a growing fleet of carefully restored and unique vintage Huckins. A few months ago we were in Vero Beach, Florida for a rendez-vous with other Huckins yacht owners, sharing dinners together, sundowners and stories of our adventures on the water. We also all participated in the Wheels and Keels vintage boat,…

Mega-Readers Collide: More Super Groups

Poet and writer Gwendolyn Brooks succinctly wrote that, “Books feed and cure and chortle and collide…” Her brilliant short poem (see below) titled, Book Power gets right to the heart of the necessity of reading and the basic sustenance literature can provide in our lives. While I believe in the nourishment factor, it’s the colliding…

In Pursuit of a Life Well Read

– The love of learning, The sequestered nooks,  And all the sweet serenity …of books. – H.W. Longfellow – – My favorite summer pastime is reading on one of the porch sofas (or on the boat, with port-light windows open) until I fall asleep, a gentle breeze blowing, book on lap, glasses off-kilter: nap heaven. –…