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What If I Don’t Celebrate Christmas?!

December 21, 2011

Carson in a tree between research interviews in New Hampshire (2005).

Carson (the Bear), our Managing Editor and Inter-species Translator, responds to a question about the appropriateness of Christmas Fun for folks who don’t celebrate Christmas. Click on “responds to a question” and see #4!

After centuries of inquiry, the animals finally come forward!

Do you think your crèche provides an accurate representation?

Peruse the image below, and read on.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Where you can have Christmas Fun…

…at the Office…

Enjoy the wine and cheese, the beer and chips, the non-alcoholic beverage, fruit-and-veggie platter, and gluten-free snacks. Suffer through the Secret Santa exchange, and acknowledge, but don’t act on, that subtle wondering if you and Sam from the third cubicle share a forbidden mutual attraction—which seems to intensify with each ounce of liquid that passes between your winter-balmed lips.

Imagine breaking out your copies of Christmas Fun, gathering your colleagues, and changing the conversation. Gone are the mundane inanities uttered in Christmas parties past! It’s time for some research-based, historical play-acting. And…you all get to play animal roles.

Christmas Fun is a game changer at work, and you can be the Introducer, the Provider, the Catalyst—if you dare! Imagine: creative interaction, honest, playful, raucous laughter, and—for fifteen or twenty minutes, a united, more-or-less coherent focus on having fun.

…at the Family Gathering…

The multi-coursed meal is winding its way through esophaguses, stomachs, and intestines of various ages as your in-laws, out-laws and nuclear family members settle into their preferred passive celebrations of the season. The Big Game! The Family Movie! The Inter-Active Computer-Based Extravaganza!

Smart phones, tablets, laptops and the brand-spanking-new, internet-ready, 3-D TV with the screen so big that you have to turn your head from side to side to follow the action are all engaged! Everyone is screen-staring—even the infant, conveniently cradled in the car-seat that converts to a crib, is attempting to focus on, and occasionally taste, the one-piece-with-no-small-parts-that-can-fall-off-and-be-swallowed plastic, faux hand-held device. No child left behind for sure.

You. Yes, you, decide to pull the plug on it all (whether literally or metaphorically is your choice—choose wisely)! Not instead of, but in addition to the flat-screened family focus, you whip out your pre-printed copies of Christmas Fun, distribute them, agree on the roles, and commence. Suddenly the glazed eyes come alive, opposable thumbs remember how to cooperate with other fingers and turn 8 ½ x 11 inch, non-virtual pages, and not-pre-recorded voices embody the reflections of 21st-Century animals.

It just doesn’t get any better than this. Later, as your guests leave, you bask in the glow of their parting words: “We can’t wait to do this again next year. That was sooo much fun! Do we have to wait for Christmas? How can I get a copy of this for myself?

…wherever one or more of you are gathered without shame…

For the truly courageous, those among us so deeply in touch with our core that fear has disappeared, and the prospect of taking on all the voices alone, or with just one or two others is not just possible, but alluring, attractive —even Essential (OMG!), this is for you as well. You do have all the animal voices you need within you. Why look outside yourself? Trust that.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Order Now!

Do You Have Yours Yet?

December 17, 2011

After centuries of inquiry, the animals finally come forward!

Do you think your crèche provides an accurate representation?

Peruse the image below, and read on.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Where you can have Christmas Fun…

…at the Office…

Enjoy the wine and cheese, the beer and chips, the non-alcoholic beverage, fruit-and-veggie platter, and gluten-free snacks. Suffer through the Secret Santa exchange, and acknowledge, but don’t act on, that subtle wondering if you and Sam from the third cubicle share a forbidden mutual attraction—which seems to intensify with each ounce of liquid that passes between your winter-balmed lips.

Imagine breaking out your copies of Christmas Fun, gathering your colleagues, and changing the conversation. Gone are the mundane inanities uttered in Christmas parties past! It’s time for some research-based, historical play-acting. And…you all get to play animal roles.

Christmas Fun is a game changer at work, and you can be the Introducer, the Provider, the Catalyst—if you dare! Imagine: creative interaction, honest, playful, raucous laughter, and—for fifteen or twenty minutes, a united, more-or-less coherent focus on having fun.

…at the Family Gathering…

The multi-coursed meal is winding its way through esophaguses, stomachs, and intestines of various ages as your in-laws, out-laws and nuclear family members settle into their preferred passive celebrations of the season. The Big Game! The Family Movie! The Inter-Active Computer-Based Extravaganza!

Smart phones, tablets, laptops and the brand-spanking-new, internet-ready, 3-D TV with the screen so big that you have to turn your head from side to side to follow the action are all engaged! Everyone is screen-staring—even the infant, conveniently cradled in the car-seat that converts to a crib, is attempting to focus on, and occasionally taste, the one-piece-with-no-small-parts-that-can-fall-off-and-be-swallowed plastic, faux hand-held device. No child left behind for sure.

You. Yes, you, decide to pull the plug on it all (whether literally or metaphorically is your choice—choose wisely)! Not instead of, but in addition to the flat-screened family focus, you whip out your pre-printed copies of Christmas Fun, distribute them, agree on the roles, and commence. Suddenly the glazed eyes come alive, opposable thumbs remember how to cooperate with other fingers and turn 8 ½ x 11 inch, non-virtual pages, and not-pre-recorded voices embody the reflections of 21st-Century animals.

It just doesn’t get any better than this. Later, as your guests leave, you bask in the glow of their parting words: “We can’t wait to do this again next year. That was sooo much fun! Do we have to wait for Christmas? How can I get a copy of this for myself?

…wherever one or more of you are gathered without shame…

For the truly courageous, those among us so deeply in touch with our core that fear has disappeared, and the prospect of taking on all the voices alone, or with just one or two others is not just possible, but alluring, attractive —even Essential (OMG!), this is for you as well. You do have all the animal voices you need within you. Why look outside yourself? Trust that.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Order Now!

Supporting Guy Collins

December 14, 2011

On Friday December 16, $3.00 from each sale of Christmas Fun will be donated on behalf of South African musician, poet, songwriter, Guy Collins, who is currently in need of access to healthcare.

Simply purchase a copy of Christmas Fun via PayPal on Friday, and your $3.00 contribution will be on its way. Continue reading below for more on Christmas Fun and how to order.

Thanks for your support.

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After centuries of inquiry, the animals finally come forward!

Do you think your crèche provides an accurate representation?

Peruse the image below, and read on.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Where you can have Christmas Fun…

…at the Office…

Enjoy the wine and cheese, the beer and chips, the non-alcoholic beverage, fruit-and-veggie platter, and gluten-free snacks. Suffer through the Secret Santa exchange, and acknowledge, but don’t act on, that subtle wondering if you and Sam from the third cubicle share a forbidden mutual attraction—which seems to intensify with each ounce of liquid that passes between your winter-balmed lips.

Imagine breaking out your copies of Christmas Fun, gathering your colleagues, and changing the conversation. Gone are the mundane inanities uttered in Christmas parties past! It’s time for some research-based, historical play-acting. And…you all get to play animal roles.

Christmas Fun is a game changer at work, and you can be the Introducer, the Provider, the Catalyst—if you dare! Imagine: creative interaction, honest, playful, raucous laughter, and—for fifteen or twenty minutes, a united, more-or-less coherent focus on having fun.

…at the Family Gathering…

The multi-coursed meal is winding its way through esophaguses, stomachs, and intestines of various ages as your in-laws, out-laws and nuclear family members settle into their preferred passive celebrations of the season. The Big Game! The Family Movie! The Inter-Active Computer-Based Extravaganza!

Smart phones, tablets, laptops and the brand-spanking-new, internet-ready, 3-D TV with the screen so big that you have to turn your head from side to side to follow the action are all engaged! Everyone is screen-staring—even the infant, conveniently cradled in the car-seat that converts to a crib, is attempting to focus on, and occasionally taste, the one-piece-with-no-small-parts-that-can-fall-off-and-be-swallowed plastic, faux hand-held device. No child left behind for sure.

You. Yes, you, decide to pull the plug on it all (whether literally or metaphorically is your choice—choose wisely)! Not instead of, but in addition to the flat-screened family focus, you whip out your pre-printed copies of Christmas Fun, distribute them, agree on the roles, and commence. Suddenly the glazed eyes come alive, opposable thumbs remember how to cooperate with other fingers and turn 8 ½ x 11 inch, non-virtual pages, and not-pre-recorded voices embody the reflections of 21st-Century animals.

It just doesn’t get any better than this. Later, as your guests leave, you bask in the glow of their parting words: “We can’t wait to do this again next year. That was sooo much fun! Do we have to wait for Christmas? How can I get a copy of this for myself?

…wherever one or more of you are gathered without shame…

For the truly courageous, those among us so deeply in touch with our core that fear has disappeared, and the prospect of taking on all the voices alone, or with just one or two others is not just possible, but alluring, attractive —even Essential (OMG!), this is for you as well. You do have all the animal voices you need within you. Why look outside yourself? Trust that.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Order Now!

The Animals Have Spoken!

December 13, 2011

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO SUPPORTED RADICAL JOY FOR HARD TIMES ON DECEMBER 12!

After centuries of inquiry, the animals finally come forward!

Do you think your crèche provides an accurate representation?

Peruse the image below, and read on.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Where you can have Christmas Fun…

…at the Office…

Enjoy the wine and cheese, the beer and chips, the non-alcoholic beverage, fruit-and-veggie platter, and gluten-free snacks. Suffer through the Secret Santa exchange, and acknowledge, but don’t act on, that subtle wondering if you and Sam from the third cubicle share a forbidden mutual attraction—which seems to intensify with each ounce of liquid that passes between your winter-balmed lips.

Imagine breaking out your copies of Christmas Fun, gathering your colleagues, and changing the conversation. Gone are the mundane inanities uttered in Christmas parties past! It’s time for some research-based, historical play-acting. And…you all get to play animal roles.

Christmas Fun is a game changer at work, and you can be the Introducer, the Provider, the Catalyst—if you dare! Imagine: creative interaction, honest, playful, raucous laughter, and—for fifteen or twenty minutes, a united, more-or-less coherent focus on having fun.

…at the Family Gathering…

The multi-coursed meal is winding its way through esophaguses, stomachs, and intestines of various ages as your in-laws, out-laws and nuclear family members settle into their preferred passive celebrations of the season. The Big Game! The Family Movie! The Inter-Active Computer-Based Extravaganza!

Smart phones, tablets, laptops and the brand-spanking-new, internet-ready, 3-D TV with the screen so big that you have to turn your head from side to side to follow the action are all engaged! Everyone is screen-staring—even the infant, conveniently cradled in the car-seat that converts to a crib, is attempting to focus on, and occasionally taste, the one-piece-with-no-small-parts-that-can-fall-off-and-be-swallowed plastic, faux hand-held device. No child left behind for sure.

You. Yes, you, decide to pull the plug on it all (whether literally or metaphorically is your choice—choose wisely)! Not instead of, but in addition to the flat-screened family focus, you whip out your pre-printed copies of Christmas Fun, distribute them, agree on the roles, and commence. Suddenly the glazed eyes come alive, opposable thumbs remember how to cooperate with other fingers and turn 8 ½ x 11 inch, non-virtual pages, and not-pre-recorded voices embody the reflections of 21st-Century animals.

It just doesn’t get any better than this. Later, as your guests leave, you bask in the glow of their parting words: “We can’t wait to do this again next year. That was sooo much fun! Do we have to wait for Christmas? How can I get a copy of this for myself?

…wherever one or more of you are gathered without shame…

For the truly courageous, those among us so deeply in touch with our core that fear has disappeared, and the prospect of taking on all the voices alone, or with just one or two others is not just possible, but alluring, attractive —even Essential (OMG!), this is for you as well. You do have all the animal voices you need within you. Why look outside yourself? Trust that.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Order Now!

Who Was Really There?

December 12, 2011

Monday, December 12, 2011

Today’s the Day!

$3.00 from each sale of Christmas Fun will be donated to Radical Joy for Hard Times today.

Order Now.

Click here, or simply scroll down to the previous post to learn more about this collaboration.

Who Was Really There?

December 9, 2011

On Monday December 12, 2011, $3.00 from each sale of Christmas Fun will be donated to Radical Joy for Hard Times, a worldwide community of people committed to finding and making beauty in wounded places.

Radical Joy for Hard Times is a 501c3 non-profit organization based in rural northeastern Pennsylvania.  Their Mission and Values include:

-       The belief that creating a sustainable, equitable, thriving future on Earth depends upon opening our hearts to the natural world in its brokenness as well as its splendor. 

-       The recognition that when the places and species we love are damaged or endangered, we humans hurt, too.

-      The belief that the health of a people is intricately connected to the health of the natural world they live in.

-      Embracing the beauty and mystery of nature, in its splendor as well as in those places that have been damaged through human or natural acts.

In addition to my embrace of their mission, I feel fortunate to hold their founder and director, Trebbe Johnson, and board members Barbara Bitondo, Mike Beck and Joanna Burgess, as inspirations, colleagues and friends.

Be sure to buy early and often on December 12!

Visit them on Facebook as well.

Order Now!

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Christmas Fun:

After centuries of inquiry, the animals finally come forward!

Do you think your crèche provides an accurate representation?

Peruse the image below, and read on.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Where you can have Christmas Fun…

…at the Office…

Enjoy the wine and cheese, the beer and chips, the non-alcoholic beverage, fruit-and-veggie platter, and gluten-free snacks. Suffer through the Secret Santa exchange, and acknowledge, but don’t act on, that subtle wondering if you and Sam from the third cubicle share a forbidden mutual attraction—which seems to intensify with each ounce of liquid that passes between your winter-balmed lips.

Imagine breaking out your copies of Christmas Fun, gathering your colleagues, and changing the conversation. Gone are the mundane inanities uttered in Christmas parties past! It’s time for some research-based, historical play-acting. And…you all get to play animal roles.

Christmas Fun is a game changer at work, and you can be the Introducer, the Provider, the Catalyst—if you dare! Imagine: creative interaction, honest, playful, raucous laughter, and—for fifteen or twenty minutes, a united, more-or-less coherent focus on having fun.

…at the Family Gathering…

The multi-coursed meal is winding its way through esophaguses, stomachs, and intestines of various ages as your in-laws, out-laws and nuclear family members settle into their preferred passive celebrations of the season. The Big Game! The Family Movie! The Inter-Active Computer-Based Extravaganza!

Smart phones, tablets, laptops and the brand-spanking-new, internet-ready, 3-D TV with the screen so big that you have to turn your head from side to side to follow the action are all engaged! Everyone is screen-staring—even the infant, conveniently cradled in the car-seat that converts to a crib, is attempting to focus on, and occasionally taste, the one-piece-with-no-small-parts-that-can-fall-off-and-be-swallowed plastic, faux hand-held device. No child left behind for sure.

You. Yes, you, decide to pull the plug on it all (whether literally or metaphorically is your choice—choose wisely)! Not instead of, but in addition to the flat-screened family focus, you whip out your pre-printed copies of Christmas Fun, distribute them, agree on the roles, and commence. Suddenly the glazed eyes come alive, opposable thumbs remember how to cooperate with other fingers and turn 8 ½ x 11 inch, non-virtual pages, and not-pre-recorded voices embody the reflections of 21st-Century animals.

It just doesn’t get any better than this. Later, as your guests leave, you bask in the glow of their parting words: “We can’t wait to do this again next year. That was sooo much fun! Do we have to wait for Christmas? How can I get a copy of this for myself?

…wherever one or more of you are gathered without shame…

For the truly courageous, those among us so deeply in touch with our core that fear has disappeared, and the prospect of taking on all the voices alone, or with just one or two others is not just possible, but alluring, attractive —even Essential (OMG!), this is for you as well. You do have all the animal voices you need within you. Why look outside yourself? Trust that.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Order Now!

Who Was Really There?

November 29, 2011

After centuries of inquiry, the animals finally come forward!

Do you think your crèche provides an accurate representation?

Peruse the image below, and read on.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Where you can have Christmas Fun…

 …at the Office…

Enjoy the wine and cheese, the beer and chips, the non-alcoholic beverage, fruit-and-veggie platter, and gluten-free snacks. Suffer through the Secret Santa exchange, and acknowledge, but don’t act on, that subtle wondering if you and Sam from the third cubicle share a forbidden mutual attraction—which seems to intensify with each ounce of liquid that passes between your winter-balmed lips.

Imagine breaking out your copies of Christmas Fun, gathering your colleagues, and changing the conversation. Gone are the mundane inanities uttered in Christmas parties past! It’s time for some research-based, historical play-acting. And…you all get to play animal roles.

Christmas Fun is a game changer at work, and you can be the Introducer, the Provider, the Catalyst—if you dare! Imagine: creative interaction, honest, playful, raucous laughter, and—for fifteen or twenty minutes, a united, more-or-less coherent focus on having fun.

…at the Family Gathering…

The multi-coursed meal is winding its way through esophaguses, stomachs, and intestines of various ages as your in-laws, out-laws and nuclear family members settle into their preferred passive celebrations of the season. The Big Game! The Family Movie! The Inter-Active Computer-Based Extravaganza!

Smart phones, tablets, laptops and the brand-spanking-new, internet-ready, 3-D TV with the screen so big that you have to turn your head from side to side to follow the action are all engaged! Everyone is screen-staring—even the infant, conveniently cradled in the car-seat that converts to a crib, is attempting to focus on, and occasionally taste, the one-piece-with-no-small-parts-that-can-fall-off-and-be-swallowed plastic, faux hand-held device. No child left behind for sure.

You. Yes, you, decide to pull the plug on it all (whether literally or metaphorically is your choice—choose wisely)! Not instead of, but in addition to the flat-screened family focus, you whip out your pre-printed copies of Christmas Fun, distribute them, agree on the roles, and commence. Suddenly the glazed eyes come alive, opposable thumbs remember how to cooperate with other fingers and turn 8 ½ x 11 inch, non-virtual pages, and not-pre-recorded voices embody the reflections of 21st-Century animals.

It just doesn’t get any better than this. Later, as your guests leave, you bask in the glow of their parting words: “We can’t wait to do this again next year. That was sooo much fun! Do we have to wait for Christmas? How can I get a copy of this for myself?

…wherever one or more of you are gathered without shame…

For the truly courageous, those among us so deeply in touch with our core that fear has disappeared, and the prospect of taking on all the voices alone, or with just one or two others is not just possible, but alluring, attractive —even Essential (OMG!), this is for you as well. You do have all the animal voices you need within you. Why look outside yourself? Trust that.

Click here to read excerpts from the play, its history, the user’s manual and the disclaimer.

Order Now!

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