My Gift for Family and Community

This swing is exactly the kind of swing I would most like to be remembered with: a swing where parent and child would swing together, facing each other.

Rehearsals and Reversals and More Rehearsals

When, from the very wings of your psyche, you hear your inner thespian, wording and re-wording what next to say

Bubblebags and Baggyballs

Worried about the environment? Here's a way to make playful use of some of our favorite detritus

I Have Cancer and Maybe a Year to Live

If you want to do something for me or because of me, grieving is not what I need. I need you to play.

Of Playfulness and Play

Play is an inherently political action. Playful is a way of being. We need only to play, playfully, together.

Lighthearted. Light, As In The Light That Lights The Heart

This is the way it is when you come together to for fun. You let loose. You let the light of being together into your very heart. You let the fun in. You let each other in.

Good Fun

We must make the distinction. Not just fun, but good fun. Not just laughter, but laughter that comes from the heart, from the depths of the soul, echoes of our shared humanity.

Playfulness Is Freeing - Even More Freeing Than Play Itself

It's the freeing kind of play. It's not just playing. It's the way of being that sets you and all with whom you are playful free. Yes. Playful being. That kind.
Us Around 1976

I Enjoy Myself Best When I'm Enjoying Somebody Else

Another truth my love reveals...

Having Fun Being Funny

In some games, victory comes not from being best, but from having the most fun. Together.

Even Competition is Cooperative

Is winning the real goal of games?

Is It OK To Have Fun When Someone Is Dying?

Sure, you need to take death seriously. But even a regular guy like you can take it playfully.

A Playful Protest

These are the times when even a simple thing like playing together in public can have a revolutionary impact.

Play Is a Spiritual Path

Fun is a spiritual thing. But when I'm at play, freely, completely, with you, it's fun of a different kind. It's spiritual alright, but spiritual shared, spiritual squared.

Seeing The Funny Side to Everything

No matter what truths you seek, you'll some of the deepest and most useful truths if you can just see the funny side.
Bernard Louis De Koven

Life Isn't a Game—It's the Prize

Why winning isn't all it's cracked up to be

Doing Pointless Things for Fun

Even when we lived in caves, we knew how to have fun.

Choosing to Play

I think maybe that's our blessing and our curse: our having to make the choice. The blessing: that we have the choice. The curse: that we have to make it.

Play, Health, Safety, and Community

The healthier the community is and the safer it is, the more the whole community plays, even the adults.

Playfulness in Hard Times

When times are hard, being playful, especially being playful in public, is a political act. A good one, too.

Play and Play Some More

"If you can play with something, you’re free in it."

Imagination vs Creativity—Close, but Not the Same

"It is precisely because the imagination is given permission to play without pragmatic intent that it finds connections between things that are not obvious or easy."

Seeing Beauty

Are things like beauty, love, fun, joy and faith aspects of an alternate reality?

To Play or Not to Play

Not-play is what we do when we have to. Play is what we do when we are free.

Enjoy Your Day

When someone tells you to have a good day, how, exactly, are you supposed to do that?

Are We Inherently Playful?

Depression is what happens when we want to play, but can't.

On Being Truly in Play

Why do we play?

When Was the Last Time You Floated On Your Inner River?

Is there a water feature in your Inner Playground?

Generous Fun

Is generous fun more fun than selfish fun? You have to ask?

The Urgency of Playfulness

"Urgency," she says. Your playfulness is that important, that essential, that necessary to our well-being and to the well-being of our planet.

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