Wednesday, August 6, 2008

About This Blog

Update 07.23.10 -- As of today, we'll have two blogs: A family blog for posts unrelated to cruising, and "Log of s/v Del Viento" for anything cruising-related. This post rightly belongs in our other blog, I've left it here simply as a record of the split. --WR

Two court cases against homeschooling parents have put homeschooling in both CA and DC under increased scrutiny . The CA case was recently thrown out. In DC, a horrific crime by a deranged mother (who, incidentally, wasn't even a homeschooler) became a tragic embarrassment for DC child protective agencies. They needed to find a scapegoat, and they found one in homeschools. The result was that DC, once a homeschooling paradise, nearly became the most highly regulated administrative unit in the US. Fortunately, DC homeschoolers, assisted by HSLDA, resisted valiantly and the regulations were pared down to what hopefully will be no more than an annoyance. The only regulation that really affects us is the requirement to keep a portfolio "representing the work of the student." Toward that end, aside from archiving samples of Eleanor's work, I will document some of what she does here.

The primary purpose of this blog, however, is to document what's going on with our family, preserve memories, share with our friends and family that we don't get to see often enough, and establish a channel of communication that will persevere as our lifestyle evolves.


Friday, August 1, 2008

The Boat?

While Grandma Linda was here we all drove to Annapolis to see a Mason 43 that was for sale. It was beautiful. We may end up with a Mason 43 but it's not likely to be as pretty as this one. The Mason 43 is one of the only (the only?) production boats that satisfies our criteria: two staterooms, a shower, heavy construction, and affordability. We may not end up with a Mason 43, but rather with an off-brand boat of less distinguished heritage. It will depend on what's on the market at the time. So for now, here she is. -WR

Future home sweet home

Mike does fit through that door

Cozy galley --that's a good thing, you don't want to get
tossed around while cooking

A stateroom for E and F

They'll be a bit bigger...
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