If you have been following my blog for a while, you might remember a post I wrote about my mom that was about paraplegia and swimming. You can read that post here. My mom is a paraplegic and has been in a wheelchair for over fifty years as a result of injuries she sustained in… Continue reading Playful Lessons I Learned from My Mom: Paraplegia, Pandemics, and Play
Are you a little bored this summer? Do you need something interesting to learn about for the next month? Would you like to improve your basic essay writing ability or your ability to have a resilient and playful approach to life? (Eutrapelia is the virtue of play). Or would you like your children or teens… Continue reading About Two Summer Online Classes I am Teaching on Writing and Play
Have You Ever…. Have you ever freaked yourself out in a dark room by imagining all of the scary monster, zombies, and bad guys reaching out to grab you? Have you ever driven yourself almost to panic swimming in a swimming pool because you imagined Jaws swimming up to get you? (And I am sorry… Continue reading How to Use Your Imagination Like a Boss to Change Your Life and the World
Last May, I decided I was going to practice monkey bar hanging every day for a whole year and document my progress month to month. I did this because the year before, I had practiced deep breathing every day for a year and documented it. Practicing breathing for a whole year brought amazing benefits into… Continue reading Months 6-10 of Monkey Bar Hanging: My Failure Turned into Success
Recently I was playing around with making inspirational posters. I love encouraging and inspiring people and reminding them of their worth. I have been playing around with various ways of communicating these ideas. Recently I created this poster about you and your dreams. You may have a dream that makes you really excited every time… Continue reading Why Your Dreams are Important: A Brief Reflection
For the last week, I have been painting a series of peaceful thoughts. They are mainly about you and me and our worth as human beings. I really believe each of these ideas below, and I post them here for you, hopefully to inspire, encourage, and comfort you, if you are having a hard time.… Continue reading Seven Peaceful Thoughts for Your Week
Our democracy (in the U.S.) is going through a bit of a rough patch right now. It's not surprising. Democracy is hard sometimes. But I have hope for democracy, and here is why. Anytime anyone practices the following virtues, they strengthen democracy: Kindness: Use your words to strengthen people's spirits, not crush them. Compassion: Recognize… Continue reading Slugs for Democracy: A Whimsical Watercolor
I have a complicated history with exercise. On the one hand, I loved playing when I was little. My favorite activities were hide-and-go-seek, climbing trees, and roller skating. My mom also enrolled me in a dance aerobics class when I was in high school, and I loved those classes. On the other hand, like most… Continue reading Exercise That Makes Me Feel Like a Magical Unicorn: What if We’ve Been Duped about Exercise All Along?
I have been hanging and playing on monkey bars in my back yard almost every day for the last four months, and I am blogging about it each month. Let me tell you a secret: This is hard; I am still not very good at it; and sometimes I think I will never get anywhere.… Continue reading Month Three and Four of Monkey Bar Hanging: Let Me Tell You a Secret
We all have rough days in which we feel sad, disappointed, or insecure about ourselves. Here are some peaceful thoughts to remember the next time you are having a rough day, whether that day is today or in the future. ***** If you enjoyed this post, please consider sharing on social media.