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tour the mind of Bernie DeKoven, author of The Well-Played Game and, most recently, A Playful PathOccasional musings of the frequently amusing sort



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Rigidity, play, life, and death

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 12:53:28 +0000

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(image) My much-missed colleague Brian Sutton-Smith wrote: "The opposite of play is not work, it's boredom." Today I came up with another one:

The opposite of play is rigidity.

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You, me, this blog, imagination

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 22:32:09 +0000

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(image) Imagination as a gateway to creativity, to love, to culture, to life, to truth, even. As a book.

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Not-Knots

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 11:05:51 +0000

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(image) It's very much like Knots. But it's definitely not the game of knots as we came to know and love it. Hence, I take the liberty, and call it Not-Knots.

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Mata chola – No, It’s Not Tetherball

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 19:45:46 +0000

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(image) It's played, not with a ball, but with what appears to be a stuffed sock. Even the installation of the play device becomes part of the game? And it's played with a far longer rope.

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Becoming Light

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:55:57 +0000

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(image) about light, about getting lighter, who, as he was nearing death, raised his arms, and it seemed to her that he was getting ready to float away. Truly float away.

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LeChaim

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 11:04:00 +0000

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(image) It’s a toast, is what it is. Not rye or wry, though both are quite tasty, especially hot with cream cheese maybe. It’s the word lechaim

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Musical Swings: an exercise in collaboration – reflections

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 15:11:25 +0000

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(image) Musical Swings: an exercise in collaboration, around the United States.

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Adult Play – actually

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 11:06:50 +0000

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(image) I found an article, written by Frank Oppenheimer in 1980, called by those very same words: "Adult Play" (PDF). He was writing in particular about the kind of adult play that takes place at his amazing science museum, The Exploratorium:

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Living in: further thoughts about the Ecological Imagination

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 20:45:03 +0000

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(image) It is, as she describes, an act of imagination that engages her creativity, that she experiences as a relationship, a physical act that requires her total presence, an act of "living in" and being lived in.

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to dedicate “Bernie’s Swings” at Ellenberger Park

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 11:06:34 +0000

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(image) Bernie DeKoven is a game designer, author, lecturer, and fun theorist! Bernie has spent most of his life finding ways to help make the world a little more fun. He was recently diagnosed with cancer and maybe a year to live.

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Feeling Connected

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 11:06:32 +0000

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(image) We become, together, absorbed. Perhaps not as profoundly, perhaps not to the world at large, but to something deeply human. And when it is best, so are we. We are, for that moment, connected not only to the game, but also to each other: each other's presence, each other's intelligence. Connected, mind and body, not only to the game, but also by the game to our collective capacity for thought, compassion, competition.

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Shock and Awe: The Swings Begin

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 13:25:43 +0000

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(image) the shock of people helping me realize a dream

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