Spend More Time Thinking Like A Playful Kid

We need to spend more time and effort as adults trying to think like kids. Erza Klein paraphrasing Alison Gopnik What do an Octopus, Kids, Adults, Play, and artificial intelligence have in common? Carve out time for “Why Adults Lose the ‘Beginner’s Mind’” and learn the answers. Trust us, it’s all about play. Crank upContinue reading “Spend More Time Thinking Like A Playful Kid”


Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them, and it is this mirroring that helps them improve themselves as persons. Aristotle Camaraderie, friendship, play, and playfulness — they all have deep importance for us here at PracticeContinue reading “IS YOUR TRIBE MADE UP OF PLAYFUL FRIENDS?”

Pubs hold the treasures of community & play

It’s not like a saloon, it’s more like a club for men and women…who don’t drink for the sake of drinking but for the company. Burgess Meredith It takes time to build community. Flexibility and kindness allow people to comfortably enter and leave at will — kind of like how we are free to chooseContinue reading “Pubs hold the treasures of community & play”

Playfulness & Community

Our power as individuals is multiplied when we gather together as families, groups, and communities with common goals. The I Ching Play and the Practice of Playfulness are good for us as individuals and helpful in building Community.  Community as we fondly refer to it  with a small ‘c’ is made up of smaller closeContinue reading “Playfulness & Community”

The Manly Art of Playfulness

Outside of a Dog, a Book is Man’s Best Friend. Inside of a Dog, It’s Too Dark to Read. Groucho Marx? Jim Brewer ? Mary Stuart? Anonymous? The Dull Men’s Club: where being extraordinarily ordinary is celebrated. (Watch: 15 minutes) The Hairy, Potbellied Mermen Taking the Canadian Coast. (Read: 6 minutes)

Politics, Ping Pong, and Play

The opposite of winning isn’t losing. It’s failing to see the larger picture. Pico Iyer What ping pong taught me about life (watch: 10 minutes) Ping-Pong Diplomacy. (Read 2 minutes) Ping-pong was invented on the dining tables of England in the 19th century, and it was called Wiff-waff! And there, I think, you have theContinue reading “Politics, Ping Pong, and Play”

Nostalgia…Remember all that fun you had as a kid?

Nostalgia is a surprisingly sturdy launch point into the future. Not only does it ground us mentally and physically when the landscape shifts or founders, it focuses us, with sensory immediacy, on what we most value – and, by extension, on what we want to reflect to the world. That’s where its transformative power lies.Continue reading “Nostalgia…Remember all that fun you had as a kid?”

Playfulness and Connection

“Play is also a way to be close and, even more important, a way to reconnect after the closeness has been severed. . . . the second purpose of play serves our incredible – almost bottomless – need for attachment and affection and closeness.” ― Lawrence J. Cohen How Play Enriches Our Creative Capacity(Read 2Continue reading “Playfulness and Connection”

Games People Play

“There are at least two kinds of games. One could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.” James P. Carse Video Games Are a Great Way to Pass the Time and Keep You Connected. Here’s How toContinue reading “Games People Play”