Exformation

This post is part of a project to share reflections about all 28 of the Core Elements of InterPlay.  For background information about InterPlay or this project, read What the Heck is InterPlay?!. What creates information overload for you? Too much time browsing the...

Wreck This Journal, Week Four

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LI48bD5uAYE] This week on The Next Chapter, I learned a TON! The video explains more, but if you prefer to read, here’s my list: It is possible to braid books. Red flowers actually look purple when you rub them on paper....

Juggling and Expressive Arts — for Veterans!

Welcome to my first guest post ever! Occasionally I will use this blog to highlight how facilitators use InterPlay to change the world. This post is written by Dorothy Finnigan. This Work Could Save Lives I stared at the email.  “This work could save...

Affirmation

The following post is a project to share reflections about all 28 of the core elements of InterPlay.  For background information about InterPlay or this project, read What the Heck is InterPlay?!. What if…we lived life consistently looking for the good in our...

Wreck This Journal Week Three

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_Td8NUbLiU] Welcome to Week Three of  Jamie Ridler’s The Next Chapter: Wreck This Journal! Please enjoy this week’s stories of random wreckage: 1. Control. Controlled creativity. Controlling other people’s...

Incrementality

The following post is part of a project to share reflections about all 28 of the core elements of InterPlay.  For background information about InterPlay or this project, read What the Heck is InterPlay?!. Last week I spied a teeny inch worm gracefully maneuvering...

Wreck This Journal, Week Two

During Week Two of Jamie Ridler’s The Next Chapter: Wreck This Journal, I learned how fun it is to wreck things with friends!! Over the course of my week, four different women sat at my kitchen table and slung food in, on, and around my journal — jam,...

“Relax Your Brain” with MuseCubes

Last August I invented an office toy called the MuseCubes.  It’s designed to liberate people who think too much. Although I originally intended the MuseCubes for grown-ups, teachers have been buying them right and left.  They recognize the MuseCubes as the...

Intergenerational Healing

The following post is written by Cynthia Winton-Henry, co-founder of InterPlay.  Every Monday she sends out a morning email, and this week it was so sweet, I just had to share.  There are so many applications for the InterPlay philosophies and practices.  Soyinka...

Easy Focus

The following post is part of a project to share reflections about all 28 of the core elements of InterPlay.  For background information about InterPlay or this project, read What the Heck is InterPlay?! Subscribe by email to receive updates. Easy focus. Eeeeeeeezy...

Du Bist Wunderbar!

I just asked my student, “What support do you need from me while you finish writing this paper right now?” He said, “Nothing. I just need to type.” But then he added, “How about every five minutes you spin your chair around and tell me...

Wreck This Journal Week One

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TqV_SURZVXg] Welcome to Week One of The Next Chapter: Wreck This Journal. I’m completely and utterly thrilled to be participating in a creative book brigade with Jamie Ridler and  a whole crew of amazing bloggers.  This...

What the Heck Is InterPlay?!

So, I do this thing called InterPlay. And it’s kinda hard to explain exactly what it is.  People still scratch their heads and say “huh?” when I try to describe it. Officially speaking, it’s an active, creative approach to unlocking the wisdom...

Entrepreneurial Lessons from Nature

I, too, am a digger of metaphors! Thanks, Cairene, for this fabulous phrase via twitter. Not only do I dig (as in, get a kick out of) metaphors, but I also dig (as in, actively seek out) metaphors that have special meaning. So I totally ate up this blog post about the...

Crazy Fun Creative Writing for Teens

Do you know a teen in the East Bay who’s ripe and ready to explore their creativity? In a summer writing intensive? For high school credit? I’m thrilled to announce the creative writing course I’m teaching this summer. To learn more, check out this...

Outsmarting Desire?

Do you want more self-control?  Or less of it? I can’t decide. I got thinking about delayed gratification thanks to a recent New Yorker article titled Don’t! The Secret of Self Control.  It’s all about the marshmallow experiment that was done back in...

Meditation and Social Media

Social media is eating away at my attention and my self-control. I’m sure of it. As I bounce between facebook, twitter, and blog stats, I’m clear that my attention is increasingly fractured.  It darts about, trolling for cool people and  interesting data....

Move Your Body, Solve Your Problem!

Anyone who knows me is aware that I’m crazy about the links between movement and cognition (“embodied cognition” is the fancy term for it, I’ve recently learned). So imagine my thrill when the following headline came across my email today: Body...

Want a Neuroenhancer? Try Nature!

Have you ever noticed that looking at trees feels like a brain massage? That’s the only way I know how to articulate the immediate release I feel when I’m out in nature. It’s a total body release.  First, I feel the muscles around my eyes relax. ...