Where is Brick House? – Follow Patrick and Rebecca Childress as they wander the globe aboard their Valiant 40 Brick House. Have you ever wondered what equipment you should take for a long sail? They know what works and what doesn’t.

Alan Neal Casagrande, owner of the Bongo Bay Studio, produces some of the finest tropical, Hawaiian, and surf-related art you will ever see.

David Butler writes some fantastic adventure stories for both adults and kids. I loved The Kidnap Plot so much I kept my copy and bought a second for my granddaughter.

Nathan Shumate is an artist and a writer. In his words: “I make things and I make things up.” I think he does a great job with the covers of my books.

Sailing Banyan is one of the blogs I read when I need a break from work or writing. David and Alexandra write of their fun adventures aboard Banyan. Well worth a visit. Read their blog or follow them on Facebook.

Webb Chiles has sailed tens of thousands of miles and written dozens of books. Now he’s in the middle of his sixth circumnavigation of the globe; this time solo on the Moore 24 Gannet. Oh, and he’s 75 years old. You can track his progress at

Wes Clark writes one of the most eclectic and diverse blogs you will ever encounter addressing classical music, comic book characters, history, Volkswagen Beetles, philosophy, archaeology, and even the unusual world of men’s fragrances. He and one of my other life-long friends, Michael B. McDaniel, wrote Lost Burbank where you can learn more about my home town than you ever imagined.

Dianne Orcutt is raising money to help support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A $25 tax-deductible donation will fund a half-hour of research toward a cure. Worthwhile.

Sail Evenstar is about the ongoing adventures of two adults, two children, and one boat; the S/V Evenstar. Read about the cruising lifestyle, the equipment that works, and the people they meet. Currently in Australia, they intend to see as much of the world as they can.