Category: Play

Creativity, Play, Writing

Journaling with Coloring Books

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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 …

Hobbies, Personal, Play

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 …

Creativity, Hobbies, Personal, Play

Am I a Feminist Failure for Liking Lego Friends?

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If you read my blog and social media postings regularly, it’s no secret that I’m a Lego nerd. I’ve played with the toys since I was a kid, back in the days when all you could buy was a box of bricks. I took a break from Lego while I was busy starting a career …

Play, Writing

Turning Research Into Play

Research play

When you say the word “Research” to many writers (particularly writers of fiction), you’ll get a moan or an eye roll. For many, research is the least pleasant part of writing. Many writers would rather get on to the fun stuff of stringing words together and creating worlds than dwell on pesky things like geography, …

Hobbies, Play

13 Reasons to Do Jigsaw Puzzles

Jigsaw puzzles

In our world of electronic gadgetry, the old-fashioned jigsaw puzzle gets short shrift. It’s not sexy or exciting, some think, so it can’t possibly be any fun. But jigsaw puzzles are a great source of entertainment. As you pass the jigsaw puzzles in the toy department on the way to the more glamorous Legos, Leap …