Poetry, the Easy Way

“Without poetry, we lose our way.”   —Joy Harjo, current U.S. Poet Laureate & Academy of American Poets Chancellor A favorite children’s book with beautiful illustrations by Jean Pierre Siméon; paintings by Oliver Tallec. … Want to add in some easy poetry to your homeschool world? Start by checking out poets.org.  Housing the works of over 3,000…

Hey Mama, Welcome to the Club!

I want to extend a hearty welcome to all the new Homeschool Mamas out there. And there are a lovely lot of you! There are a thousand reasons to homeschool, all grounded in quality of education, health, safety, travel, opportunity, personal development, experience, sports, etc. But sadly the number one reason many people are driven…

Road Trip Basics

Me and my adventurous sibs, Smokey Mountains, 1971. I remember family road trips when I was a kid with vivid detail. My parents, two siblings and I would jam into our dark cherry red Oldsmobile F85 (lovingly nicknamed, “the Bomb”) and drive the three-point-five hours from Indianapolis to grandma’s house in southern Indiana about once…

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…

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.”…

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…

Moms and Mermaids

Happy Mother’s Day to all the great moms out there… Boat moms, Baseball/Softball + all Sport moms, New mothers, Step-mothers, Godmothers… Aunts, Abuelas/Grammies, too. Thank you for all you do. From our Travel-School world, we have collected a few of our favorite poems in your honor – • The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes Bring…

Nature Rules in Yosemite

While we love our boat-life, “Land-Cruising” is also our thing. When our Cloud10 Racing schedule takes us to the West Coast, we want to see what’s out there!  So last fall, after loving San Francisco and racing in a couple J70 regattas there, we took a little detour and drove to Yosemite. Yosemite is easy to get to, located in…

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…