New possibilities

Jeff frolics with our sons in Maui, Hawaii, 1991

Jeff frolics with our sons in Maui, Hawaii, 1991

Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities.”Stuart Brown, MD

If you have a favorite hobby, sport or other recreational activity, why not schedule some time for play this week? On the other hand, if you don’t play very often, or if you tend to default to the TV or newspaper whenever you have a few minutes, think about exploring something more creative and engaging.ย  If you have children or grandchildren, it might be fun to play along with them at Legos, puzzles, board games or other diversions they love. As the weather warms up, move outdoors for more active games, or check with your local Parks and Recreation department for their class offerings. Whatever our preferences and abilities, let’s all make time for play.ย  It’s not just for kids.

This post was originally published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.


  1. Good morning, Julia!
    What a fabulous, fun photo!!
    I had no idea that WordPress identifies “related” posts. I seriously thought that you somehow had organized, categorized and cross-referenced all of your work yourself – which I thought extremely impressive, but not completely out of character for the efficient librarian! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜˜

    • You clearly overestimate my ability ๐Ÿ˜€ but no, I have done no such thing. I almost never even save all my work to a back up disk. It’s was all I could do to create a post and answer the comments, even when I was posting only once a week. It takes a lot of time, and that is why most bloggers eventually taper off and quit posting.

      • Do you have everything saved to a back-up disk?
        Do you know, what does WordPress do with accounts that haven’t been visited for a period of time?
        I had been using MySpace for occasional blogging, some years ago, and now I cannot locate my posts. I do know that they weren’t through an overhaul and there was something that we were supposed to do, if we wanted to access our older postings….

        • I have saved the entire file several times, but aside from the copy on my computer (which could crash) I don’t know if I could find the back up disks quickly, or at all. I have no experience whatsoever with My Space so I couldn’t tell you about that, but supposedly the blogs on WordPress are there in perpetuity, as long as WordPress exists. Judging by the age of some of the blogs posts I’ve seen, they seem to be there indefinitely.

  2. Sheila

    Good Friday morning, my dear friend. Sunbeams and java here at 428 seems more than delightful. I read the comments in the original post and of course Ericโ€™s comment about spontaneity was so funny. So my take away is to schedule some spontaneity today! Thank you so much for sharing these posts. What a diary they are! Walking on sunshine๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿฅฐ

    • Sheila, they definitely are a diary. That’s one of the reasons I’m glad I kept posting for as long as I did. We got some very bad news yesterday in the (very small) extended family I have left, so I’m not walking on sunshine today. But I’m walking, and sometimes that’s enough. Those two chairs on the virtual Verandah look better than usual today. Meet me there for some therapeutic rocking chair time and some much-needed “Vitamin Sea!”

      • Sheila

        Julia, Iโ€™m so sorry that youโ€™re dealing with sadness, once again! Caring thoughts cross the miles, my friend! โ™ฅ๏ธ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

  3. mike c.

    How many years now on the blog? Seven.? It sounds like a lot of work. I would like to do one at some point if i ever get a round to it. You have seen one of those coins right?
    I like to think that the southern vultures and the red tailed hawks soaring above us here in Canton and diving in spectacular display are engaged in some kind of childlike play.

    • Closer to seven and a half now, counting these re-runs. In high school someone gave me a round Tuit, and I still have it somewhere unless my mother threw it out in one of her zealous cleaning fits through which I lost many a treasured (but worthless) memento. Re: the red tailed hawks, I see them doing impressive aerobatics when I sit out on my deck. I do think they fly for the sheer joy of it, judging by their formations that have no purpose I can discern other than practice (they are too high in the clouds to be scoping out prey).

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