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…

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…

Ordinary Gratitude

Not all things deserve gratitude. Or do they? No one feels grateful to stand in a long line at the DMV*. But if we are there, it means we have a CAR, for which we can surely be grateful.  If we have a CAR, then we likely have paved roads to drive on, functioning traffic…

Land. Sea. Repeat.

Fall in Newport is a dream… Gorgeous weather, dear friends, Sophia’s first Homecoming, and lots of fall baseball!  Life on land is good. As we are now well into our fifth year of home-schooling, I think we are solidly on our path.  However, in the true spirit of Travel-School, it is soon time to pick…

Mallorcan Mojo

“I watch, as the gentle giant’s  many mountains craggle to meet the water Standing tall in a thin film of hazy purple fog Its immense litoral stretch of sea-land Calls to my every sense. This moment is divine perfect.” – – excerpt from poem titled, “Edge of Infinity“, L. Rey Mallorca was a dream with…

Re-Evaluating Travel School

Note: The bulk of this post I wrote in the spring of 2016.  Recently, I went back through old blog posts looking for advice from the past to my future self.  And, Sha-Zam! Exactly what I was looking for. …  A perfect reminder as we plan and prepare for year FIVE of Travel-school…  Are you…

You are What you Read II

One’s reading list is a direct window into the values, slant and intellect of a person, which is why “what are you reading now?” is a wonderful and curious ice-breaking question. What are you reading now? Reading books of all types remains an all-consuming pastime for our family. We devour books individually, but travel-schooling has allowed…