Tagged with play

brief moments & small loves

brief moments & small loves

A warm night. The kitchen window wide open. I’m unloading the dishwasher, second nature. Feet moving along the well-worn path between cupboard and drawer. Hands depositing glasses, forks, bowls in their waiting places. Suddenly, I hear something that stops me in my tracks: the unmistakable sounds of a small group of people gathering. Laughter. Lilting … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: The Experiment Edition

Experimenting. That’s what I’ve been doing this month, down in my imaginary Meaning Mondays lab. Concocting potions and elixirs. Adding a dash of this. Removing a bit of that. Adjusting the flame. Timing it all so that the spell I want to cast turns out just right. Lest you think I’m some mad scientist, replete … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: The Clouds Edition

Deep play allows one to feel quintessentially alive, heartbeat by heartbeat, in the eternal present. The here-and-now becomes a pop-up storybook, full of surprises, in which everything looms. It returns us to the openness of childhood. ~Diane Ackerman I pulled my chair towards the window and plopped down. Yes, 30 minutes, I thought. I’ll sit … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: The Purposelessness Edition

I’ve come up against it. And there’s no denying: I simply want more play in my life. So far, my Meaning Monday activities have been fun, but they haven’t always felt like play. Because there’s a difference between fun and play, I’m discovering. Of course, meaning making doesn’t hinge on either fun or play. It … Continue reading

A Cat’s Wisdom

“The smallest feline is a masterpiece.” -Leonardo DaVinci This is Kung Pao. And no, I didn’t give him that name. In fact, I have a habit of naming cats after characters from old movies. So knowing what I do about him now, I’d probably call him Sheridan Whiteside. From The Man Who Came to Dinner. … Continue reading

Imagination Quiz

Come with me, take my hand, to a world of pure imagination… -Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley I adore every aspect of imagination. In fact, if there was such a thing as an imagination groupie, I’d be one. Like Willy Wonka says, I’d spend my days in a world of Pure Imagination. That world, that … Continue reading

Seven Ways to Bring On the Epiphanies

e⋅piph⋅a⋅ny: [i-pif-uh-nee] a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience. I love epiphanies. Or revelations. Aha moments. Whatever you want to call them. For those of us who prize meaning making, personal growth, self discovery, and transformation, … Continue reading

Life Lessons Learned from Leo

It will probably come as no surprise that I’m a cat lover, given that my blog photo (used to) include a cat. Pretty obvious, I’m betting. What you likely don’t realize, however, is that I share my life with five cats. Now I don’t know if you’ll be stunned by that fact, but the truth … Continue reading

My Wild Self and the Late Summer Garden

First off, yes, the title of this post is misleading. I do know it’s not summer anymore. In fact fall arrived days ago. But for the past week it’s been hovering near the century mark, so it still feels like summer. Relief is on the way, though: temperatures are forecast to drop almost 20 degrees today. Yippee! … Continue reading

Work Before Play or Play Before Work?

With the industriousness of a new year in full swing and all that it implies (goals, resolutions, changes, etc), I’ve been thinking about how we balance work and play. I don’t know about you, but I learned long ago that I should finish my work before I go out and play. “Clean your room and … Continue reading