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

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thinking for fun

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Do you ever find yourself thinking just for the fun of thinking? Do you ever find yourself thinking and have fun just finding yourself there? Just thinking? Do you think some kinds of thinking are more fun than others? Like thinking about the future? Or fun? (I like thinking about fun, a lot. I like…

sock wrestling

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Sock wrestling is, basically, funny. And meant to stay that way (at its best). But it can reach levels which some might consider “extreme” – as the following description more than implies. Make a square on the floor with tape. Everyone has on one sock. They all crawl around on their hands and knees and…

pretending together

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When I was learning improv theater it felt like my soul had finally found its way home. I had a very good teacher, like the kind of teacher Patricia Ryan Madsen must be. Supportive. Playful. Always singling out the good in what we were doing. This is when I was learning improv. Not when I…

Mick Fleetwood

playing together

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Once upon a time there was a music recording studio called Sound City Studios. The Wikipedian explains: “The studio was run by Joe Gottfried and Tom Skeeter, two guys who wanted to start a record company and got into artist management. After a rough start, Skeeter ponied up $75,175 to buy a state-of-the-art recording console…

Understood

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Warning: this post is a brag. Dr. Peter Gray, whose research into play appears frequently in this very blog, has recently published his review of A Playful Path in his Freedom to Learn column in Psychology Today. But first, this story, from his post: A few years ago I had an experience that helped me see the difference between…

Ed and Marilyn

the lucky game

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OK, it’s not really a game. Not yet. The game is for you to make a game out of it. So, here’s the story. It comes from a TV series called Northern Exposure, season 5, episode 14 – Bolt from the Blue. Ed, who has recently been shocked into profundity by a getting struck by lightning,…

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 ...