Engage in Counter-Tourism

Visit a shopping mall as if it were a post-apocalyptic artifact. Kiss a statues, Use a dream symbolism book to interpret a heritage site. Try these and other Counter-Tourism tactics.

Russian Caravan Fantasy

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My nephew is an adult, and one of my favorite people to hang out with. One day, the smell of smokey tea took us to another dimension.

Confessions of a Loser

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I learned early on not to play games of chance. My name was never picked from the hat, the dice never rolled in my favor, I rarely picked the good cards. I wasn’t oddly unlucky; I didn’t have random horrible things happen to me, but I was not a winner.

Screen Free Week: The Wrong Conversation

My son plays one of his favorite puzzle games. Photo: Amy Kraft

As someone who makes games for kids to play on screens, I’m not a fan of the Center for a Commercial Free Childhood’s Screen-Free Week, which begins today. I’m all for kids getting more unstructured play, more time outdoors, more time reading, and other good stuff, but the label “Screen-Free Week” forces the wrong conversation that lasts all year long.

Education Week: Reading Readiness Has To Do With The Body

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  Today’s children sit more than ever. Babies spend hours confined in car seats and carriers rather than crawling, toddling or being carried. As they get older their days are often heavily scheduled between educational activities and organized events. Children have 25 percent less time for free play than they did a generation ago, and that’s before factoring in distractions like TV or video games. Left