Reviews and Blog Posts: play

Play Areas at a Glance

It’s cold out! How about a nice spot to play indoors?

Many of Denver Public Library’s locations have designated play areas or play-times for children to enjoy.

Playing helps children build vocabulary, develop verbal communication, and think symbolically all while having fun. Check out how beneficial play can be for your little one.

Denver Public Library locations with play options:

The Fearless Flight of Icarus Explored In Staged Reading at DPL

Enjoy a free, staged reading of the play, Icarus, by Edwin Sanchez, this Sunday in the beautiful Vida Ellison Gallery overlooking the Civic Center Park.

This is the Denver debut of Edwin Sanchez's play; it is the story of Icarus told in modern times. And like Oscar Wilde's quote, this story of Icarus is not about hubris and the incumbent fall -- it is instead focused on the courage and ingenuity it takes to attempt such a dramatic flight.

Icarus Fell. But First He Flew.

The Rotunda of Apollo, Louvre Museum

The Greek myth of Icarus, who tried to escape from Crete by flying on wings made of feathers and wax, is often used as an example of hubris and failed ambition. Icarus is warned by his father not to fly too close to the sun. He disregards this and the wings collapse and he falls back to earth. But the lesson from this myth might be about taking chances and following your heart in spite of the risks.

I started thinking about the story a lot while I was in Paris last December. I thought perhaps I'd seen a painting of Icarus in one of my museum visits -- and somehow it had crept into my waking dreams. Then I went through my photos of the trip and found this image (top photo), from a ceiling in the Louvre museum. It depicts Icarus at the moment of his fall. But the part of the story I started to ponder most was his flight before the fall.

Play & Stress Reduction

Since no two individuals experience stress in the same way, people disagree on a good definition.

In our fast-paced, hurried society it is difficult to avoid having stress in our lives. Some stress helps us aim high and reach our potential. Too much stress can cause us to become depressed and even sick.

Play is often thought as frivolous and only for children, but The National Institute for Play founded by Stuart Brown, M.D. recognizes that it is important for the productivity and health of all humans. There are thousands of ways to play both individually and with others.

Below find a few resources on play and stress reduction.

The Search Continues For Intelligent Life

The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life In The Universe

Jane Wagner's beautiful and funny play about the big questions.

Lily Tomlin helped to create a character written by Jane Wagner who believes she is communicating with higher beings from outer space. Tomlin won a Tony Award for her portrayal of multiple characters in the show, The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life In The Universe. The show gets a revival at Jefferson County Open School this week.

I'm attending tonight and tomorrow night. Hope you can join me. Here's the details for our special Fresh City Life search:

Sending out a search party -- for signs of intelligent life

Lily Tomlin as Jane Wagner's protagonist, Trudy

Sometimes, life finds you. Sometimes, you have to go out and look for it. Join Fresh City Life for a field trip to search for signs of intelligent life at Jefferson County Open School.

If the Mayans were wrong and life goes on -- then the quest for a meaningful life will continue as well. And here's a great way to re-ignite your journey:

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