Babbling: The Best Icebreaker Ever

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?!. The Best Icebreaker Ever Recently, my mom forwarded me the following...

What’s an Academic Coach?!

From Academic Coaching There’s an area of my professional life about which I’ve been strangely silent on this blog: my life as an academic coach for teens. I’m not sure why I’ve been so tightlipped about this amazing work; maybe I’m...

Hand to Hand Contact

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SBIaOEsabZk&hl=en&fs=1&] How often do you giggle these days? I’m guaranteed a good giggle whenever I stand palm-to-palm with another person in an InterPlay context. There’s something about a partnered...

MuseCubes in the Blogosphere

MuseCubes are popping up everywhere! I’m especially grateful to a group of creative women bloggers who have spread the word this month. As Jenn, Jamie, Leah and Cynthia share their impressions of the MuseCubes,  I’m learning oodles about the power of...

Body Data, Body Knowledge, Body Wisdom

Listening to my body isn’t hard at all.  But acting on what I’ve heard is. For example, most mornings my body hurts.  Especially my neck and back. When I’m getting more exercise, they hurt less. When I’m not exercising, they hurt a lot more....

You Got Skills? MuseCubes Photographers Needed.

Nature MuseCubes MuseCubes Non-Natural Environments I’ll cut to the chase — MuseCubes need help! Of the photographic variety. I’ve done a fairly good job with my point-and-shoot Canon, taking pictures of the MuseCubes in outdoor settings (click on...

Ecstatic Following

This blog post is a quickkie. I’m technically on retreat, but I couldn’t resist the wireless access in one corner of the dining hall. You see, I’m infinitely grateful the Wreck This Journal women. And today is the final day of our summer experience....

A Goodbye Ritual

My nephew is 16 months old — a delightful talking, giggling, impish kiddo. Recently he instructed me to put him in the “take-a-walk” backpack, and insisted on bringing his big ol’ fire truck with us. Worried the truck would just get thrown on...

Wreck This Journal, Week Eight

So, it’s official. I’m done with Wreck This Journal. For now, at least. And I won’t be around next Friday for the FINAL POST (I’ll be cavorting with 40 InterPlayers at a retreat on the beaches of North Carolina, poor me). So, in honor of our...

One-Hand Dance

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKnSFdNUIxA] 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’s a...

Wreck This Journal, Week Seven

Dear Fellow Wreckers, I think I’m done wrecking. My journal has been sitting on top of my bedside table, and I haven’t cracked it open once this week. So — am I being lazy and blocked? Or intuitive and complete? Or just resting? Time will tell.  In...

Danger! InterPlay Now in San Francisco

Next month my new InterPlay class with Randy debuts in San Francisco. Heed this warning: InterPlay is designed to unlock the wisdom of the body. But unlocking the wisdom of the body is DANGEROUS! Why? Because if you uncover what you really know, if you trust it, and...

Dance on Behalf Of

“There are many things that cannot be held by one individual alone if we are to have health.  When others play with our prayers, concerns, questions, hopes or dreams, …  surprises and relief can come.” ~Phil Porter and Cynthia Winton-Henry The...

Wreck This Journal, Week Six

Prince Charming Must Die I’m on the phone, telling my friend Sarah about a new guy I’ve met.  I’m worried I’ll ruin it all with my fantasies of the perfect man. “Destroy him,” she suggests. “Wreck your fantasies about the...

Call for Art Submissions

A year ago, MuseCubes started as a wacky and artful tool to help folks get more into their bodies. This summer & fall I’m launching the new-and-improved Cubes as well as three new products. And I need some help. More specifically, I need art! The Background...

The Art of Noticing

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?!. Ack! Get Me Out of My Head! Before a recent InterPlay class, I was...

The Hoopla: Playful Ritual at Its Best

My roommate Katherine just left on a potentially life-altering trip to Germany. Since we’re both play-and-ritual junkies, this morning we had fun acknowledging her big transition in style. Breakfast First, I made a delicious french toast breakfast. Then for a...

Wreck This Journal, Week Five

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sr-ABPl_78] Presenting…A Tale of Two Roommates! I’m sooooo digging being a part of Jamie Ridler’s inspiration-infused The Next Chapter discussion group. Every Friday when we share our latest wreckage with each...

The Inspiring Science of Fitness & the Brain

I think I’m in love with Dr. John J. Ratey. What’s not to love about this declaration: What I aim to do here is to deliver in plain English the inspiring science connecting exercise and the brain and to demonstrate how it plays out in the lives of...