vol. 10, num. 18 :: 2011.10.14 — 2011.10.27
At some point in our development, we become aware that there are insiders and outsiders when it comes to various social contexts -- politics to playgrounds, workplaces to Sunday school. How we respond to this awareness varies greatly from one person to another. Where do you stand?
On the characters who teach us how to accept life around the edges of a big story.
From St. Francis to Shakespeare, an endorsement for radical hospitality.
Moving from transplanted strangers to homemaking exiles.
On a mother’s decision to keep a family secret...for now.
On the secrets we all keep.
Is it possible to truly belong in a new culture?
Remembering the challenges and triumphs of the teen years.
A mother remembers the longings and cruelties of junior high girls.
Learning to cope with unemployment.
First hand experience with Alabama’s new immigration law.
Life is a complicated game of Would You Rather? for a those who find pieces of home in two very different worlds.
Remembering Simone Weil and a middle school band of misfits.
Greg Bottoms on the making of a Santeros artist as an old man.
On the first day, any first day, we're expected to live by the rules and customs of the culture we're entering, but we don't know those rules and customs just yet.
Learning versus playing. That dichotomy seems natural to people…. Learning, according to that almost automatic view, is what children do in school and, maybe, in other adult-directed activities. Playing is, at best, a refreshing break from learning. From that view, summer vacation is just a long recess, perhaps longer than necessary. But here’s an alternative view, which should be obvious but apparently is not: playing is learning. At play, children learn the most important of life’s lessons, the ones that cannot be taught in school. To learn these lessons well, children need lots of play — lots and lots of it, without interference from adults.
“The play deficit” in Aeon Magazine
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