Travel School Gulf-ing

Last week we ventured into the Gulf of Mexico for the first time. It had been on our list to do, but equal parts weather and schedule had prevented us from doing so in the past. We left colorful Key West at the initial sight of clear air. Our first move was to head East…

Happy 2018 from the TIMBALERO crew!

We have so much to be thankful for.  2017 was an interesting year and the treasures for us have been the people we have met this year, the relationships we have been fortunate to hold and acquiring our new family member: TIMBALERO. We are blessed and grateful for all our friends, family and an abundant…

Finding Faith

Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase. – Martin Luther King, Jr. When we bought Cortado in 2014, we thought we would live on her for a school semester at most. We had no idea how much we would love her and the life we would build together on…

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….

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…

Ask Questions

Always ask questions. We talk often about knowledge, what it means, how to attain it and we encourage our kids to always ask questions. We tell them, “Don’t pretend to know something. Get to the core of what you don’t understand by utilizing resources around you.”  Asking questions is a fundamental part of understanding the…

Going With the Flow

“La seule chose constante dans la vie est le changement.”   – François de La Rochefoucauld   “The only thing constant in life is change.” I am feeling compelled to write this morning about the subject of change (specifically the impetus for, and results of).  Why do we strive for ….the big kahuna-waves, the furthest-away…

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…