Tag: toys

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 …

Hobbies, Board Games & Lego, Random Generalizations & Observations

Not Every Girl Aspires to Geekdom

Geek painting

Ever since I stepped into the Lego gender war by openly admitting my love for the Friends line of products and embracing those elements in my own builds, I’ve been fascinated by the controversy these little bricks have engendered. I spend an inordinate amount of time reading articles about the pink ghetto and the unequal treatment …

Books, Reading, & Libraries, Writing Tips & Career Advice

How to Build a Writer

Build a writer

The other day a friend asked me, “How do I turn my kid into a writer?” After wondering why anyone would want to build a writer (there’s very little money in it for most writers, after all, and a whole lot of rejection and pain) I gave the question some thought. And I didn’t have much …

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

Am I a Feminist Failure for Liking Lego Friends?

better writing

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 …

Benefits of Play, Hobbies, Board Games & Lego

Which Forms of Play Are Acceptable For Adults?

Play toy

This post is not a scientific study of which forms of play are truly acceptable for adults. First of all, I don’t have the resources to conduct a real study. But more importantly, why bother? I don’t say that to be flippant (well, not totally, anyway) but to seriously pose the question: Why bother to …