Horseplay: We Must Play!

HORSEPLAY – by George Bilgere

I am floating in the public pool, an older guy
who has achieved much, including tenure,
a child, and health insurance including dental.

I have a Premier Rewards Gold Card
from American Express, and my car
is large. I have traveled to Iceland.
In addition, I once met Toni Morrison
at a book signing and made some remarks
she found “extremely interesting.” And last month
I was the subject of a local news story
called “Recyclers: Neighbors Who Care.” In short,
I am not someone you would take lightly.

But when I begin to playfully splash my wife,
the teenaged lifeguard raises her megaphone
and calls down from her throne, “No horseplay in the pool,”
and suddenly I am twelve again, a pale worm
at the feet of a blond and suntanned goddess,
and I just wish my mom would come pick me up.

From Blood Pages (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018).
Used here with the author’s permission.

“There Are No Ordinary People. You have never talked to a Mere Mortal.” C.S.Lewis

Blog post from Justin Taylor (TGC) October 17, 2011

Playfulness: a bit of black humor isn’t unhealthy – especially during a pandemic

“If you’re funny, if there’s something that makes you laugh, then every day’s going to be ok.” – Tom Hanks

Credit: Yori_B @ Pixabay

The Ring-around-the-Rosies Phenomenon: Why Playful responses to plagues and pandemics are healthy

Flourishing through Playfulness

Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced, not because it has been sober, responsible, and cautious, but because it has been playful, rebellious, and immature.

– Tom Robbins

Practice Playfulness

Play with life, laugh with life, dance lightly with life, and smile at the riddles of life, knowing that life’s only true lessons are writ small in the margin.

Jonathan Lockwood Huie


There is a playful movement under foot. Not child’s play. Not porn. Not malicious, just simply Adult Playfulness.  

Here at “Practice Playfulness” we believe life without play and a playful outlook is life without living. PLAYFULNESS is critical for adults and like anything it takes practice.  Just as important …if not more so than for children.


Play & Playfulness are vital for:

 The Human Spirit

 Quality of Life



Mental Health


 Less Isolation

Join us and play along as we explore practices to increase personal playfulness! We are adults much longer, typically, than we are children – we have A LOT of playfulness to practice!

Playfulness As A Way of Life

“If life has got to be a play, let us play it well. As the avoidance of problems and the maintenance of inner peace may guide us smartly through open and unswerving confrontations, let us face up to conflicts playfully, as well. Playfulness allows us to see things from different angles and may sometimes save us from harmful outcomes.(“The band was still playing”)”

― Erik Pevernagie

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