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March 2016 Blog Posts (7)

The Bond Between Grandparents and Grandchildren

As you could see in my previous post we have had a grand new playground open up in our neighborhood. It was the brain child of Chastain Park Conservancy Vice Chairman Jay Smith. It has been a long road - over four years, in fact - to get this gargantuan task completed and one had to wonder how Jay kept the vision alive through all the ups and downs, and…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 19, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

A Dream Realized

The Summer Dale Treehouse at Play Chastain (Atlanta, Georgia)

What if you lost someone you loved dearly? There is never a replacement, but sometimes, just sometimes, a memorial or remembrance is so powerful that it touches the heart…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 18, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

Just a Few More Days!

PARKS AND PLAY!! IS THE THEME

Monday, March 21, 2016 (all day)

Atlanta Botanical Gardens

It is incredibly exciting and promising that the big annual Park Pride Parks and Greenspace Conference has Parks and Play : A Conversation for All Ages as its topic this year.…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 15, 2016 at 10:34pm — No Comments

Playing with a Hairbrush and Colors?

Who said play has to be on a playground? Not us! We love playgrounds, of course, but play is also funny and creative and artistic, and did we mention funny?…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 9, 2016 at 8:30am — No Comments

Six Years Later It Still Rings True

Six years ago today I posted these pictures and thoughts about play being akin to a universal language. I have learned so much about play since I wrote this, but the words seem truer to me now than they did then. Play is fundamental. It is a basic right of children, because it is a universal truth, a common language, a requirement for a healthy and happy childhood. Back when I wrote this I didn't realize how ever present…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 6, 2016 at 11:12am — No Comments

A Decades-Old Memory of Playing in Baltimore

This is not an ordinary slide you see before you. This is the slide that three-year-old me slid down on the way to buy shoes. It was magic. The anticipation of arriving at the store that you entered via a slide is so vivid and alive that it is as if it happened yesterday, instead of (gulp) 59…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 4, 2016 at 10:19pm — No Comments

I'm Flying...FLYING!!

So THAT is what it feels like to fly! To be Peter Pan or Tinker Bell, or a Red-Tailed Hawk or a ring-tailed lemur... 

Still think play is trivial? Something relegated to "down time"? Do you think there has to be a reason to play - an outcome? What if we just let kids play? Play, just for play's sake, is more than good…

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Added by Cynthia Gentry on March 3, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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