Let's Play!

This site is about fun and games - about games of an other kind. And certainly not just about any kind of fun, but fun of the playful kind. In the process of growing up, most people lose touch with the sources of their personal power. Playfulness is one of those sources - especially when it is deep: as in 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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Playfulness, joy and happiness

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I was reading a paper by my friend Gwen Gordon called Well-Played: The Origins and Future of Playfulness. You may read it below: It made me think about the Playful Path in particular (as does almost everything). And I caught myself asking myself: is the Playful Path the path to happiness? Is that what it…

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Kinetic Sculpture

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As I perhaps may have implied in my article about the amazingly playful art of Keith Newstead – when it comes to playfulness and art, we have only begun to gasp. And so, today, we visit the kinetic sculptures of Anthony Howe. Kinetic sculpture – as in moving. Deeply moving. Allow me to illustrate: A Kinetic…

A Drawing Game for One

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You know doubt remember the game Redondo. All right, so you don’t. So here it is again: Redondo is a drawing game. Hence, an art-like game. Art-like in that people draw. But only -like, in that they really don’t have to draw anything recognizable. They can scribble and scrawl and doodle, too. In fact, they…

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Cardboarders

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Now that we’ve begun to contemplate the intricate art of automata and the unique fun thereof, we are ready to take the next step. Though I must warn you, we are balancing most precariously close the abyss of crazy mad playfulness.  With no further ado, I present, for your edification and amusement, automata as interpreted by the…

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Chihuahua

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Chihuahua: the game From time to time, when seeking respite from the onus of trying to make things fun, I find solace in the pages of one of my many game books, which explains why I was paging through a book called “Parlour Games for Modern Families” As is my good fortune, I riffled across a game called…

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Keith Newstead Automata

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This is one of hundreds of Automata from Keith Newstead. It is the first time we have paid tribute to the playful genius of this art and this artist. I trust it won’t be the last. He explains: I was born in Romford, Essex in 1956 and went to Pettits Lane Secondary school. One of…

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 ...