• Explore & Adventure

    The Changing Sky

    Flying over America you watch snaking rivers, pointed mountains, large deserts sprinkled with towns, and patchwork farms slide underneath. Of course, mostly you read or distract yourself from the journey, peering out only now and then to get your bearings below. Driving, however, is different. You have to pay attention to the road and the areas around you. You see how the landscape changes, sometimes slowly and sometimes with the passage of a river over to a new world. You climb into the shadows of snaggled mountains, blink into the blinding light reflecting from ice and snow. Most of all, you see the sky. In the east, the sky is…

  • House & Toys

    The Cleaning Supplies Closet

    One thing about living in a house, you have space for things. Sometimes, these are nice things to have, like a normal size broom. On the boat, I had a handheld vacuum and a hand broom. In the house, I not only have full-sized versions of both, but also a mop and swiffer and a whole closet dedicated to storing cleaning supplies. This seems like a somewhat decadent use of space, coming from a 30-something foot sailboat. I spend a fair amount of time as we settle into our home thinking about what we really need. I’m absolutely in favor of things that make life easier – cleaning with a…

  • Explore & Adventure,  Learning

    Up We Go

    “Your plane.” An RV-8 is a sports car of an airplane if there ever was one. And this one was set up for formation aerobatics. At the moment, however, I was in command as my boss was nose deep in the auto pilot computer. Not that I had to do much. In theory, the auto pilot should take us all the way almost to touch down without any effort. All I had to do was keep an eye on things and be able to react if something went wrong. The plane turns a perfect final, lining up with the runway. I watch the manual controls and the outside as we…

  • Explore & Adventure

    Telling Tall Tales

    “A tall tale,” I’m explaining to Skye, “is a tale that is so outsized or exaggerated that it is difficult to believe, and may stretch the truth.” We are discussing Paul Bunyan, who seems to be popular in the area. Of course, she wants an example. “Well, we’re going to go on a vacation, Skye, where we drive from somewhere that is almost always sunny to somewhere it seems to rain all the time. On that trip, we’re going to play in water that bubbles up from the ground at exactly the right temperature for a bath. We’re going to play on a beach covered with tiny tumbled rocks instead…

  • Health & Wellness,  Learning

    Aerial Silks

    “I’m here because I need more playtime,” another student in the class said, in response to the teacher’s query about why we were standing there, on a Saturday morning, using stretchy bands to warm up our shoulders and feet. Really, I thought, that sums it up well for all of us. Silks looks gorgeous when seen on the screen and, while the performers certainly make it look easy, you know there’s a lot more going on. We start climbing the silks and I can tell that even the work I’ve been doing on the pull-up bar is not enough, the silks are different. They use different muscles, require more core…

  • Health & Wellness,  Learning

    The Year of Ahisma

    Driving home from Christmas in New Orleans in 2019, Skye and I decided that our new years resolution would be a year of ahisma, a concept from one of the yamas of the 8 limbs of yoga translated as non-violence. Our idea was to come up with a new way we could be non violent each week and implement it, making ahisma a true practice and not just a thing to think about occasionally when cued by a yoga teacher. Our idea started well as I removed plastic shopping bags in favor of reusable, we worked on non-combative household communications, and alternate forms of stress relief. We discussed where our…