Romping on the Campus

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Adam Rogers’ romantic comedy is about two parents who fall in love between sunrise and sunset while playing hooky from their children’s college tour. It is a good example of what can happen when we allow ourselves to become fluid and flexible.George and Edith undergo a process of self-discovery as they explore the campus together.

In the tower scene, Edith drops George’s eyeglasses over the ledge as a proclamation of freedom from restraint, just before tenderly kissing him. In the same vein, George forces his son to wear a tie to the college tour, but later on in the movie the son flings the tie away. It lands on a tree branch.The “tie” and “eyeglasses” are both symbols of the feeling of “being on a leash,” the antithesis of the feeling provoked by play.


What do these photos of ISIS and Hitler have in common?

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That’s right. No one is smiling. It is no secret that Hitler’s childhood was very austere. He was abused as a child. Violent clashes with his father led to his becoming a recluse with an unstable temperament.

Greg Mortenson mentions in “Three Cups of Tea,” that the Taliban were amazed to see a playground for the first time in their lives in one of the CAI schools in Afghanistan. It seems that as a result of a grim childhood, they had become miserable adults who destroy rather than build. History repeats itself. Is universal Play the answer?