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…

Teachers Helping Teachers

Writing is a powerful, necessary skill. Both teaching and learning to write well takes practice – like memorizing times tables. The words start to flow, only after eons of repetition. Wake up; write. Read as much as you can. Think. Write it down. In the words of Anne Lamott, “Put your butt in a chair…

Bahamian Boat Science

We are often asked how we study science while traveling.  Initially, it was not easy!  I was trying to fit our science program into a traditional schoolroom “box”,  one in which we decidedly did not conform. Once I started quantifying our experiences, I realized the breadth and depth of what we are actually learning. While…

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…

The Future of Travel School

This spring, living on our boat in the Bahamas has noticeably changed us once again. It is palpable; we can feel the change in our ways and attitudes.  When we are traveling, I imagine we radiate a sense of free-spirited calm. Our time in the Bahamas was a slow-burn-balance of extreme beauty, quality family time and nature. We found it necessary to re-adjust our expectations in…

Poetry and People in Paradise

If Once You Have Slept on an Island If once you have slept on an island   You’ll never be quite the same; You may look as you looked the day before   And go by the same old name, You may bustle about in street and shop;    You may sit at home and sew, But you’ll…

Elbow Reef Light

We meet interesting people every day, both on water and land. Sometimes we get their story, hear a song, share a poem or a glass of iced rum… Today we met Elvis and his uncle Henry – each full of character and wisdom ready and willing to impart.  Elvis (in top photo) is from Great Inagua Island and…