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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I’m my own ATV

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I have a favorite place to walk. It’s close to my home. It has trees and open spaces and a dirt-and-gravel path around the perimeter. It is my path. It brings me pleasure, this path. I meet other people. We often greet each other. Sometimes there are dogs that like me to pet them. And…

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maybe that’s not so funny

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In today’s New York Times, Dominic Bugatto’s article, Adjusting to a world that won’t laugh with you, explores the sharp, and often cutting edges of satire. It’s what you’d call a cautionary tale, and one well-worth the telling. He observes: We love jokes that find the far edge of the permissible, but we also love to turn…

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The Expression Swing™ and the Happy Chair

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In case you actually wonder why just looking at a photo of GameTime’s Expression Swing makes you smile, you can watch this video in which Dr. Stewart Brown explains the psychology of it all. But it’s no wonder, when you think about it, that it makes you smile like that. Or when you think about…

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Fantasy Fun

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There’s a kind of fun that we had when we were kids that stays fun all our lives. It takes many forms, all of which involve the pretending. Sometimes we call it daydreaming, sometimes fantasy, sometimes imagination, sometimes it gets formalized into an art that we call theater, sometimes it stays closer to play and we call it…

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a portable playground

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Paige Johnson, in her playground blog Playscapes, shares with us the delights perpetrated by a project called BOULEvard. She writes: Through a series of workshops with locals, the ball was community-assembled  then dispatched on an urban expedition through the canal area of Brussels.  Its mission was to create play in unexpected places, and it attracted both curiosity and…

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applied playfulness

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“Jugaad, quoth the wikipedist,”is a colloquial Hindi-Urdu word that can mean an innovative fix or a simple work-around,[1] used for solutions that bend rules, or a resource that can be used as such, or a person who can solve a complicated issue. It is used as much to describe enterprising street mechanics as for political…

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 ...