Saying No to the Dreaded Scroll

Phones are like air and comfort food. We need them and they make us feel good. Have a question about anything at all? The answer is at our finger-tips in seconds. Need to call home? The phone is already dialing. We are all, every one of us, connected and addicted to this new way of…

Risk-taking, Relationships, and Trust

When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it. –Paulo Coelho in the  Alchemist Recently, I had the good fortune to sit down with long-time friends Bj and Jess Gumkowski (world renowned athletes, teachers, coaches, nutritionists and generally higher level humans) to chat about life a bit. As she gestures, open hands to the…

Calling all Cool 5th Graders (a reading list)

My 5th grade nephew goes to a great school in Brooklyn, NY.  He called Tony and I last night (Hi Nicholas!), because he is raising money for a school camping trip via a class-wide “Read-a-Thon.” I love-love-love Read-a-Thons and any other “a-thon” that gets kids excited about reading enough to call their aunt and uncle…

Feed the Beasts

Are your kids always hungry? My kids are ALWAYS. HUNGRY. . I will fill the pantry and fridge to the brim and just because we are out of bananas, they complain to me there is ‘no food in the house.’  We need to buy stock in Dole Organic Bananas. I’m not sure we could exist…

Slow it Down: A “How-to” Guide

Living simply is hard to do in today’s rush-everywhere communities. We all talk about it and try to simplify, but the pace of our days is out of our control; ingrained our modern-world DNA… Or is it? I think it is possible to alter that pace. Travel School is the basis for how our family…

My Multiverse

Are you familiar with the word “multiverse?” According to the dictionary, it refers to a hypothetical collection of identical (or diverse) universes, including our own. I wonder what my alternate universe life might look like? When homeschooling teens, your world changes lightning fast.  The coursework is increasingly hard; the questions and discussions: intense.  The emotions…

And, That’s a Wrap.

As I pinch myself, we made it through.  With our oldest in HIGH SCHOOL now (audible gasp), this past school year was a real experiment. I honestly never thought I would homeschool high school – it just seemed to be a natural point of exit, as if what we were doing was not “real school.”…

Careful what you wish for!

When leaving Cortado in a Marathon boatyard for a new bathroom refit, we said goodbye to our sunny Florida coastal life and wished OUTLOUD, strong and hard for SNOW when we arrived in Newport the following day.  Oh, did we wish!  Tony flew to Antigua for a race and for me and the kids, we…

Key West Race Week

We arrived in Key West in nice weather this time and ready to race!  The kids and I immediately set up school, picked up groceries and cleaned up the boat, as we know we will have many visitors this week.  We have gotten used to hearing, “all hands on deck!” …which means everyone helps. Key…

Christmas Prep from Miami to Marathon

 School work and art time onboard CORTADO. Miami has been full of school, holiday surprises, and meeting new friends. What great fun (and equally, great CHALLENGE) to try to  create and replicate our old ways of celebrating the Christmas season without the comforts of our house, decorations, friends and traditions we  know and love so…