Tag: Authentic Fun

Healing Beyond Borders 2015

The Joy of Healing Touch and Play

What’s All the Buzz About Play? by Ginny Hunneke & Jennifer Maurer You are probably familiar with the old adage, “We receive much more than we give” and perhaps also Rob Brezny’s premise that the Universe is conspiring to shower us with blessings. Both would be accurate descriptions of the time we spent learning and playing with hundreds of inspiring…

Toilet Paper Fashion Show

Healthy Aging and the Fountain of Youth

Playing Hide & Seek With Your Inner Child Did you know that on average, small children laugh over 300 times a day! Those laughs are reduced to a mere 20 times a day by the time we reach adulthood. If laughter really is the best medicine, why aren’t adults laughing more? Recently, we had the opportunity to explore the relationship between play and…

Flow Quote by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Going with the Flow

Lessons from a Koosh Ball by Jennifer Maurer This year, the Easter Bunny left Koosh balls in my teenage daughters’ Easter basket. You might be asking why teenage girls still believe in the Easter Bunny, but their mother is a fun coach, and there is an Easter egg hunt involved in this myth. Enough said. The colorful, squishy Koosh balls…

Giant Jenga at Church

Play Is My Spiritual Path

Authentic Fun Is My Religion by Ginny Hunneke Raised in the church of pew aerobics, this cradle Episcopalian may be committing heresy.  While I attend services regularly, I cringe and bristle at the label “religious.” I’ve just never seen myself that way—until I adopted a different perspective. As many of us Episcopalians are, I am more interested in the metaphorical use…

Family Game Night

Why It’s Not All Fun and Games by Jennifer Maurer You know the saying, “It’s not all fun and games.” Except sometimes it is, which is what we discovered at a PlayShop we recently hosted on a snowy night at our local YWCA.   Family Game Night from The Fun Conspiracy on Vimeo.   It was fun watching families of all ages…

Toilet Paper Tug of War

Having Fun with Toilet Paper Games

by Jennifer Maurer Proving that all the world’s a playground and everything’s a toy, we submit that even a roll of humble toilet paper can provide hours of fun beyond its immediate utility (of which every camper “roughing it” is sorely aware, pun intended). Toilet paper can be fun? This may not be a newsflash to parents of toddlers who have faced…

Surfing Thrills

You Can’t Bottle Joy

And You Don’t Have to Buy It! by Ginny Hunneke I am grateful to have discovered that life is so much sweeter without the crutches of drugs and alcohol. If someone told me this 20 years ago, I’m not sure I would have believed that you could have fun in sobriety. Like most of us raised in our alcohol-soaked culture,…