Let's Play!

This site is about games - not just any games - just the games you play for fun. In the process of growing up, most people lose touch with the sources of their personal power. Fun is one of those sources - especially when it is deep: whole-hearted, whole-minded, whole-bodied.

Because, when the fun gets deep enough, it can heal the world.

What's Fun

Kids playing Knots

The OtherGames

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The OtherGames I was clicking around the interverse looking for pictures of kids playing and scrolled across this here picture of these here kids playing Prui. Prui! So it occurred to me maybe I’m doing kids a disservice by making it look like all the games in my masterful games list are for grown-ups. So…

cookie jar

Cookie Jar and Beyond

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There’s a game we start playing in nursery school and don’t stop. We play it in college. We play it in Senior Centers. It’s a fascinating game because it plays with order and chaos, boredom and anxiety, attention and distraction. There are at least two occasions in which the fun gets extraordinary: A) when the…

New Beginings - Bill Aron

You’re not alone

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I met Bill Aron 54 years ago, in Israel. I think we both recognized the artist in each other, though we took different paths and our art different forms. Bill is a photographer. He has recently published yet another wonderful book of photos, only this one quite different from his other works. It’s called: New Beginnings:…

Tug of War sculpture at the Suvarnabhumi Airport

Tug of War

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The Sport If we were playing the official version of Tug of War, we’d be representing not just ourselves, but our clubs, our neighborhoods, communities, countries. So we’d have to have officials. And these officials would make sure that all the rules were kept exactly as they were meant to be kept, and all the…

shoe pile

The game of shoes

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There is a game. It belongs to the genre of what is unfortunately referred to as ice-breakers. I prefer it to think of it as a game of group levity. It’s called Shoe Pile Mingle, though I would be surprised if that’s all it’s called. I prefer to think of it as “a game of…

paris-pigalle-basketball-court

Art and the Basketball Court

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Art and Play and Urban Reinvention all at once…great inspiration for the movement to appropriate urban alleyways and vacant lots for play! – Paige Johnson You know and I know, basket ball courts are political statements. As is basketball itself. I was so gratified to read the following post, that I decided to share it with…

We are particularly interested in one kind of fun – the playful kind, the kind of playful that makes us laugh together. Because in laughing together we are sharing the wonder of the fun we create, the love we manifest, the mind-body-soul-deep wellness we share, the momentary lowering of the divisions that separate us.

“To play is to be the bridge between mastery and mystery, chaos and control, the foolishly brave and the bravely foolish.”

– the Oaqui

Bernard De Koven

Bernard De Koven, author of The Well-Played Game and A Playful Path, describes and illustrates the power of adult playfulness, engaging the audience in several of his more playful games, and demonstrating how joyfully adults welcome the opportunity to expose their playful selves. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community.

Fun Is Easy

It’s wherever you are, in whatever you are doing or sensing or thinking. It’s between you and the person you’re with or the machine you’re using or the table you’re sitting at or the path you’re walking down. It’s not something to strive for. But something to melt into, to sink into, to open up to. Listen. You can almost hear the laughter. Breathe. You can almost taste the joy. Listen a little more closely. Breathe a little more deeply. And there it is again. Fun. Real fun. Deep, forever fun.

Fun isn’t the hard thing. The hard thing is remembering to have it ...