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The Challenge of Adventure Playgrounds

Amy Fusselman | Posted 07.13.2014 | Parents
Amy Fusselman

We deride helicopter parenting, but maybe the problem is that we are thinking of the wrong person in the wrong helicopter. It's the children, not the parents, who are meant to fly.

4 Lessons Homeless Veterans Have Taught Me

Nick Holt, MSW, ASW | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Nick Holt, MSW, ASW

In working with veterans for the past five years, I have learned a lot about their lives, thoughts, feelings, actions, intentions and outcomes. These learnings have reshaped the way I look at homeless veterans, myself and my community.

"The City of Conversation": What's The Price Of Politics?

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

What is the personal price of political change? In what coin is it paid? And when does it become too expensive? These are the questions that confront ...

The Success Formula

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

Success is not limited to the workplace anymore. It rejects being measured by job titles and bank accounts. Placing well-being at the forefront disrupts traditional paradigms. As a result, this shift continues to place us on a healthier trajectory when it comes to defining success for ourselves.

Lady Day: A Night to Remember

Danny Groner | Posted 06.24.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

Tony Award-winning Audra McDonald does such a fantastic job echoing the late Billie Holiday that you at times believe that you're being awarded one last performance from Holiday herself.

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally Share The Stage Again

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.23.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The trailer the cowboy-poet Ulysses calls home in Sharr White's play Annapurna looks like it was picked up by a tornado in Nebraska, tossed around for...

How to Make Each Day Count

Margalit Ward | Posted 06.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Margalit Ward

We each have different things that are important to us, and engaging in those things we value the most will bring us more joy and happiness. When we choose to live a life we love, we will find ourselves in love with the life we're living.

'The Cripple of Inishmaan:' Daniel Radcliffe Stares At Cows

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 06.21.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

In a splendid revival of Martin McDonagh's very funny and touching play The Cripple of Inishmaan, an excellent cast led by a superb Daniel Radcliffe turns the foibles and idiosyncrasies of the denizens of that island off the western coast of Ireland into a microcosm of our own benighted world.

When Good Isn't Enough: From Building Playgrounds to Building a Movement

Darell Hammond | Posted 06.18.2014 | Impact
Darell Hammond

Schools are cutting the most prevalent form of play in a kid's life, recess. Meanwhile, eight in 10 school principals report that recess has a positive impact on kids' academic achievement.

Bullets Over Broadway Comes with Guns Blazing

Danny Groner | Posted 06.17.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

With Woody Allen at the helm, Zach Braff in a starring role, and a rich ensemble cast that earns both laughs and applause, Bullets Over Broadway has a lot to offer.

Your Couch Is Far More Dangerous Than You Think

Ben Klasky | Posted 06.17.2014 | Parents
Ben Klasky

Why are we so afraid to let our kids play outside, when we know that such activity is vital for their physical and mental health? Our fears are so extreme that in a few cases, parents have been arrested for allowing their children to play outside unattended. My mother would have been sent to jail on an almost daily basis.

Still Concerned About What's Next for Early Childhood Education

Laurel Bongiorno | Posted 06.11.2014 | Education
Laurel Bongiorno

There must be a vision for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten classrooms as engaging, interactive environments, full of open-ended opportunities for play as learning, and focused on early childhood learning guidelines that address the whole child's learning and development, not just on early academics.

The Game I Played Growing Up in Philly

Christopher Norris | Posted 06.11.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

I told the crew that I had created this game, and not only did they not believe me, they didn't care. Just wanting to play, one of the kids threw me the ball.

The Realistic Joneses: There Go the Neighbors

Danny Groner | Posted 06.09.2014 | New York
Danny Groner

Even the less strange characters get on your nerves by the end. It's difficult to see through all of the muck that makes up these people's lives, particularly when trying to have compassion for Bob, played by Letts, who is suffering from a degenerative nerve disease.

'The Realistic Joneses': Welcome to Will Eno's Neighborhood

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 04.07.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

The first thing you should know about The Realistic Joneses is that none of the four characters in Will Eno's play have much more than a nodding acqua...

5 Things Tomorrow's Parents Will Do Differently

Hilary Wilce | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

We'll remember that bringing up children is something that generations of adults have done before us without too much fuss or bother and we'll rediscover that kids, when left alone, have amazing abilities to learn and grow.

Heart-Wrenching Play Traces The Progress Of Gay Rights In America

Wilborn Hampton | Posted 03.27.2014 | Arts
Wilborn Hampton

Of all the social advances over the last 30 years, few if any has been more dramatic than the widespread acceptance of gay and lesbian people into mai...

All Dolled Up: Barbie and the Girl Scouts

Anndee Hochman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Women
Anndee Hochman

I doubt the Girl Scouts, despite their noble history of supporting LGBT inclusion and girls' empowerment, is going to back out of this deal. And Mattel's unlikely to yank the sponsorship, especially since publicity -- pro or con -- can only be good for the Barbie brand.

Pain and Suffering and Joy and Resilience in Haiti

Nancy Farese | Posted 05.25.2014 | Impact
Nancy Farese

I find myself in the evening light at La Piste, an old airfield, very near Surpiste, "the runway", which I had known from the 2010 post-earthquake days as the site of one of the largest displacement camps.

Goodman's Venus in Fur: A Power Play With a Twist

Robert Bullen | Posted 05.20.2014 | Chicago
Robert Bullen

Where to start with David Ives' twisting, tantalizing and tawdry dark comedy? This is the kind of work that delights and surprises in the moment, yet following the event you begin to look past the intoxicating veneer to unravel the underlying puzzle.

5 Things I Wish I'd Given My Kids Less Of

Hilary Wilce | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

We parents can spend a lot of time worrying about whether we're giving our children enough of what they need. But what if we're giving them too much of the wrong things?

Why Do People Go to Church?

Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Reverend Dr. Malcolm Clemens Young

What are we doing in worship? We are sorting through our mixed motives and mysterious desires. We are learning God's story again. We are returning home so that we can go with power into the everyday world.

World's Best Playing Mom

Rachel Cedar | Posted 05.11.2014 | Parents
Rachel Cedar

I realized that it is in fact NOT a sparkling bathroom or clean sheets that measure the success of my parenting. Rather, it is the genuine belly laughs and the twinkling eyes of my boys when we are playing that are my most treasured trophies

WATCH: How One Workaholic Learned The Importance Of Play

Posted 03.10.2014 | Healthy Living

What do you do when the career path you've created for yourself ends up running you into the ground? Charlie Hoehn, author of new book Play It Away...

Stressed Out in America: 5 Reasons to Let Your Kids Play

Katie Hurley | Posted 04.30.2014 | Parents
Katie Hurley

Play is the most natural learning style for children. They learn from play from the very first moment they shove wooden blocks into their mouths and they continue to learn through more advanced play as they grow.