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January 14, 2011


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But do they have any pirate dolls? Or I'd settle for Carmen Miranda...

All for playing! I love watching Bonnie run and she is always happier afterward!


I think I wind up doing plenty of play, but I always feel guilty about it, so good point about allowing or giving ourselves permission to play!

On the other hand, doing work and thinking it's play is usually the best way I learn anything. Most of my classes have interactive web sites with flash cards, games, etc., so I think this helps train the "play is good" mentality. Or maybe it trains a "work is bad" mentality? Ugh. I don't know. Maybe eventually it all comes together to "work is play" and "play is work." LOL

Donna Cummings

Maureen, I didn't see any pirate dolls, but maybe she takes requests? Or commissions? She is an artist after all. I thought you'd like the Soulless one, since it's a bit steampunkish, and I know you liked the books. :)

Donna Cummings

Melissa, so good to see you! Are you back at school now? Hope it's not wearing you out.

This topic came to mind because I was doing plenty of play things that weren't fun, and all I felt was guilt. So it seemed like I needed to switch things around.

I definitely agree that if you can make work into play it's a great way to learn. What's that quote if you love your work you'll never work a day in your life?

Terri Osburn

I can attest to the cat thing. When Bumbles was the lone cat in the house, he was quite wacko at times. Now that he has Caelen to play with, it's much better. They're both still goofy, but the wacko is reduced.

I don't typically lean toward play, unless watching television counts. And then I play WAY too much. Or if visiting blogs while at the day job. Does that count?

I think I do this and don't realize it. I often take an hour or so to do Sudoku puzzles. Love those things. I used to always feel guitly about what I "should" be doing, but I'm made a real effort to simplify my life and somehow, that guilt isn't near what it used to be.

Donna Cummings

Thanks, Terri, for verifying the cats and play theory. It's good to know that "wacko" has been dialed back to "goofy". LOL

I think it's great that you take the time to do the Sudoku puzzles--it's what you want to do, and it brings you enjoyment. That's how it should be. Proactive. No guilt. Enjoying what we choose to spend our time on, no matter what it is.

I've declared 2011 The Year of Fun. :)


The Year of Fun...sounds fabulous!

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