I am on the catwalk

Sunday Stills: In Your World of #Blue

Sunday Stills this week is all about “Blue.” Why? Because I am helping Becky B promote her July Squares photography challenge, which is, you guessed it, BLUE. I am also continuing with Journaling in July hosted by Sue of Sizzling Toward Sixty. The journal prompt for today, July 7th is “My Favorite Quote and Why.”I …

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Sunday Stills Photo Challenge The Lonely Playground

Sunday Stills: The Lonely #Playground

In my world, a lonely playground is just wrong! Together, we can fix this serious problem. Kids, you work hard every day. It's time to show your parents just how hard you work. After all, your primary job is to play, and the third Sunday in May is "National Take Your Parents to the Playground …

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Students hanging out in the trees

Playing in the Trees

Mid-October finds me longing for trees decked out in Autumn splendor. Here in Northern California, as the nights get cooler and the day time temps hover in the upper 70s, the leaves have a couple more weeks to go before we see significant color changes. For now, as I post for Sunday Trees hosted by …

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Still fishing at 80+

Are You Still Young at Heart? By Robin Trimingham

My Auntie passed away in her sleep a few days ago. She lived a long life well into her 80s. As our population ages, and people live much longer, we all need to consider the quality of life we will have into our 80s and beyond. This article describes the benefits of fitness for the …

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Our Leisure Heritage

The best intelligence test is what we do with our leisure. Laurence J. Peter Our Heritage of leisure, recreation and play has roots deep in our government infrastructure. Not just here in the US, but in most countries world-wide. This is not a post about a political statement (Heaven forbid!), but rather a reminder of the …

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There’s Still Time to Play Outside: Guest Post by Skipah’s Realm

“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.” – Plato While I am on a short break, I am pleased to present a guest post by Gary Mathews from his wildly popular blog, Skipah’s Realm. I love this post because it represents what my blog …

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Half light of Tuolumne Meadows sunset

Communing in the Half-Light

  Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and cheer and give strength to the body and soul alike. – John Muir Today's Weekly Photo Challenge: Half-Light, asks us to share a photo inspired by a poem, verse, song lyric or story. Nothing speaks to …

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Play-all-Day

Why Play is Important – Connecting the Dots with Leisure, by Terri Webster-Schrandt

Thank you to my friend, Colleen at her blog Silver Threading for offering me to guest post on her fabulous blog today! If you have not visited her blog, please do. Mondays are featured “Mindful Mondays.” Enjoy!

Word Craft ~ Prose & Poetry

Welcome to our second Mindful Monday post from my friend Terri Webster-Schrandt. Please check out her fabulous blog as well: Perspectives On…
Remember re-creation is “recreation.”


If you were born before 1985, do you remember play time at school during recess? We had 20-30 minutes three times a day(!) to play dodge-ball, four-square (not the app), tag, marbles, etc.

I’m reading Pastimes: The Context of Contemporary Leisure by Ruth V. Russell. It is a textbook I will be using when I teach my recreation and leisure courses next Fall.

“If unstructured play is so crucial to intellectual development, why is it disappearing?” pg. 82, Russell.

This quote should resonate strongly with parents and even grandparents who interact with children. Russell talks about how children have lost 8 hours of free, self-organized play per week! We know that schools have all but abolished play time in the form of recess, P.E…

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Kids in swimming pool

If You Could Play Today, What Would You Do?

If you could play today, what would you do? Would you go for a walk, go to the gym, or go play a game of golf? Would you take a drive and enjoy the view? Or would you just sit on a park bench and watch people go by? Any of those activities are considered …

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Splash pool

Playing on BeWoW Wednesday!

I can't think of a more positive quote to sum up our human existence than this! Is "PLAY" a four-letter word for you? Like "WORK" and well, you know...? Take a look at this Definition of Play: Unlike leisure, play has a more singular definition. Play is imaginative, intrinsically motivated, non-serious, freely chosen, and actively engaging. …

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Parachute Games

Today marks my feature, Leisurely Thursdays, where I focus on recreation and leisure and all things related. Leisure Education is the focus in today’s post. Teaching part-time as a university lecturer is one of the best jobs I have ever had. I teach in the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration (RPTA) department at a state …

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Why Play is Important: Connecting the Dots with Leisure

If you were born before 1985, do you remember play time at school during recess? We had 20-30 minutes three times a day(!) to play dodge-ball, four-square (not the app), tag, marbles, etc. I'm reading Pastimes: The Context of Contemporary Leisure by Ruth V. Russell. It is a textbook I will be using when I …

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