As usual, with books I check out from the library, I only found time to read a couple chapters of it on my way out the door to bring it back.
What I got from the little bit I read was extremely enlightening and maybe even life-changing. I need to prioritize "playtime" for myself, not just the kids?
When I think about "playing" on purpose, as defined by the book, I feel something best described as a whiff of fresh air, as a sign of hope.
I often wonder if backwoods equals backwards, and I've been in the woods a whole lot. Just a natural hermit I guess, I'm more comfortable among trees than among people, but you can't stay in the woods ALL the time!
Here's Stuart Brown defining "play" for a group of engineers:
PLAY by Stuart Brown, M.D.
The Institute for Play
A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.