Category: Benefits of Play

Benefits of Play

The Day the Toys Died (An Obituary for Toys R Us and Play)

Toys R Us

Over the past few months, I’ve been watching the declining fortunes of Toys R Us. Well, really I’ve been watching for years. The chain has been in trouble since a leveraged buyout saddled it with billions in debt – money it couldn’t recoup through declining sales. The bloodletting worsened in recent months with Toys R …

Benefits of Play, Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Fun & Humor

Childlike Wonder: Don’t Let It Slip Away

Childlike Wonder

As I get older, it occurs to me that I’m in danger of losing touch with the childlike wonder that makes life worth living. In order to get much joy out of life, I think you have to have a sense of the awesome, a deep curiosity about things, and a desire to jump into …

Benefits of Play, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego

Why I’d Rather Play Like a European

Play Like a European

I hear you: What the hell is this woman rambling on about now? What is this, “Play like a European business?” Stick with me and you’ll see. First, a couple of definitions: In board games, a distinction is drawn between “Ameritrash” games and Eurogames. While the differences can be nuanced (and vary from person to …

Benefits of Play, Creativity Boosting & Inspiration, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Journaling with Coloring Books

Journaling Color 1

I’ve written before about my enjoyment of coloring. Long before adult coloring books became a thing, I was buying kid’s coloring books and some crayons and having fun. Now that adult coloring books are available, I’ve got a lot more to choose from! I discovered the therapeutic benefits of coloring back in the ’90’s when …

Benefits of Play, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego, Random Generalizations & Observations

The Moment When You Realize You’re Unique

Uniqueness Birds

I suspect most people have had a moment like this: Something happens and, for whatever reason, you suddenly realize that you just aren’t like other people. For some, that moment comes in school when long-held friendships no longer make you happy, or when the bullies single you out for being different. For others the moment …