Reverse Lent: For Spiritual Trauma Recovery

I’ve decided to observe Lent again after a long time away from church. But I’m doing it in reverse. Lent was started a long, long time ago by Catholics to imitate Jesus’ forty-day fast in the wilderness. It’s often compared to Ramadan or Yom Kippur, but it’s pretty rare for people to actually fast for Lent anymore. Usually, we fast …

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What Happened to Our Toys?

A simplistic theory of the midlife crisis. The midlife crisis. It’s a cliche. It’s about aging, fear of death, existential dread, regret. It’s a reliable way to make light of something we all feel just beneath the surface as we reach that “certain age,” which is different for everyone. I have a theory. I’m not a scientist or a mental …

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Play: Light and Breezy or Real and Helpful?

Everything feels different now. I wake up in the morning without dread. I have energy. I go for walks and exercise. I find it fun. Super weird. My jaw isn’t clenched so my teeth don’t hurt. I don’t feel like I’m choking anymore – that nearly constant sensation in my throat that felt like swallowing a handful of rocks. It’s …

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Career Choices Made Playful

Lately, I’ve been giving myself permission to approach a very serious subject playfully. That subject is this: What do I want to be when I grow up? When I was in elementary school, I wanted to be a veterinarian. In high school, I wanted to be a fighter pilot. I had my whole plan laid out for how I was going …

That Time I Did Stand-Up

One day last fall I decided I needed to do something new – to shake things up and get out of my comfort zone. But what to do, what to do… That very same day, I got a message from my friend, Megan Sadd, about a Living Social deal. It was only $29 for a 6-week intro stand up comedy course. I’d never thought …

What is the Point of Play?

We all have a vague idea of why play is good for children. But what about us grown-ups? This past fall I was lucky enough to attend the LDI (Live Design International) conference in Las Vegas with my fiancé. I seriously love these people. Their business is curating play. If you’ve ever been to a concert, festival, sports event, play or even just a big …