Eighteen Days on the Hard

That's five more than last time in case your math wheels are as grease-caked as mine. We've been holed up in this land-locked shanty for eighteen days. No AC. Probably drinking Louisiana brain-eating amoeba water. Existential anxiety in robust form as a daily barrage of truly scary news pours through the radio. Two months without the kid, and [...]

By | 2017-08-23T16:58:15+00:00 August 18th, 2017|Boat Life|2 Comments

Up a Boat without a Paddle

When I was a kid, Gyo Fujikawa's book Oh! What a Busy Day was my jam. I can remember studying each illustration over and over to spot all of the little surprises - a tiny snail tucked in a cabbage leaf curl, a gray squirrel hidden under the bench. I especially loved this page. The shabby tree shanty stuck [...]

By | 2017-08-07T00:47:27+00:00 August 6th, 2017|Boat Life|4 Comments

It’s Not an Adventure Without a Little Adversity

When I said we were moving onto a boat, I expected there to be more water. Unfortunately, we've dipped our little Sea Shanti in the drink three times in as many days, and each time, we've discovered a new leak. But what can you expect from a $3000 boat that hasn't been afloat in at least six years? [...]

By | 2017-08-04T18:30:38+00:00 August 2nd, 2017|Boat Life|0 Comments

Setting a Drop Dead Date

So far, our timeline for completely overhauling our life has looked like this: 2015-2016 Intermittently toy with the idea of moving to Costa Rica or really anywhere outside the U.S. for a change of pace. July 2016 AirBnB on a small sailboat in the Baltimore Harbor, play around with the idea of living on a boat, promptly [...]

By | 2017-08-07T00:40:23+00:00 June 1st, 2017|Boat Life|9 Comments

Dunning-Kruger in the Galley

As a person who has always been plagued with insecurity and anxiety, I am fascinated by the Dunning-Kruger Effect. If you're unfamiliar with the term, it's the reason your totally incompetent colleague believes that he's God's gift to [insert subject here]. Articles abound on the subject, and you can even read the original academic paper by David Dunning [...]

By | 2017-08-04T18:31:41+00:00 April 2nd, 2017|Cooking|0 Comments

Advanced Course in Naming Courses

One of our favorite TV shows is/was Community. If you haven't watched it, please do. Right away. It's hysterical. As I was playing around with curriculum unit ideas for Crow's Nest Academy, I couldn't help thinking of one of my favorite episodes -"Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design." It features a colossal blanket fort complete with a Turkish District, [...]

By | 2017-05-29T14:36:19+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Learning|2 Comments