Category Archives: Play

The Mask You Live In – shown in Vancouver last Friday night

It was gratifying to be part of an audience of more than a hundred committed and concerned people who showed up for last Friday’s screening of The Mask You Live In, a film about the stereotypes of masculinity in our … Continue reading

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Controlling our kids

Vancouver doctor and public speaker Gabor Mate and co-author Gordon Neufeld have written a new edition to their 2004 book, Hold on to your Kids with the subtitle Why Parents need to matter more than peers.  The update contains new and … Continue reading

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Firemaker, Myth Maker, Adventurer, Warrior

As my son’s and my annual pilgrimage to Firemaker Wilderness Survival Camp in the Comox Valley quickly nears, I find myself pondering many questions. Last year, I left camp feeling enthused with a passion to create a work shop of … Continue reading

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Guatemalan adventures – or how come we’ve been talking so much about Star Wars these days :(

Yes – you read that right. Here we are in one of the planet’s most spiritually powerful locations in Guatemala and we’ve been talking more about Star Wars on this trip than we have for years. The reason? A couple … Continue reading

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Guns revisited

In light of last month’s shooting tragedy in Conneticut, I was asked about guns, their availability and appeal, and gun control. I don’t make any claims to be an expert in analyzing such a thing but I do have a … Continue reading

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Transformer marathon

When my son discovered Transformer episodes on youtube one Friday night a couple of years ago I inwardly groaned, knowing this meant I would have to think about a way to manage them. Really I would have been happy if … Continue reading

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Aggressive play and marketing

Interesting what my co-blogger wrote about the marketing of ‘aggressive’, sex-role stereotypical toy to boys.  Though there are always differences in styles of play between boys and girls, it is clearly a profitable business to dictate the type and manner … Continue reading

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