A guide to Storyreading.
"For over ten years now, various friends and I have been getting together on occasion to read stories aloud to each other. This activity—graced with the unlovely but utilitarian name "story reading"—can be a great deal of fun, but can also be rife with pitfalls of various sorts. This guide is an attempt to help others to run story readings. Note that reading stories is different from—and, generally, much easier than—telling stories
; while people do occasionally tell stories at these gatherings (and it usually goes over well), that's not the primary emphasis...The origins of our approach to story readings are lost in the mists of antiquity. The idea may have sprung fully-fledged from a conversation I had with DH about a Delany essay called "On Pure Storytelling"
; or it may've been derived from MK's reading The Princess Bride
aloud, which in turn may've been inspired by folks at Yale who were doing much the same thing
. Whatever the history, it's clear that other groups—notably one in Boston—have been having similar sorts of readings for at least as long as we have." [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco
on Mar 13, 2009 -
Let boys make their own kites and bows and arrows; they will find a double pleasure in them, and value them accordingly, to say nothing of the education involved in the successful construction of their home-made playthings. -- The American Boy's Handy Book
In the late 19th- and early 20th-century, the Beard family—Daniel Carter, Lina, and Adelia Belle—wrote a number of books on outdoor activities, woodcraft, and other recreational activities for boys and girls. Many of these books are in the public domain now:
(The American Boy's Handy Book
The Field and Forest Handy Book
The Outdoor Handy Book
The Jack of All Trades
The American Girl's Handy Book
On the Trail: An Outdoor Book for Girls
). Others, such as Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties
and Boat-Building and Boating
, are excerpted online.
Some highlights include throwing tomahawks
, making candy
, and building tree houses
, and rafts
. [more inside]
posted by Upton O'Good
on Oct 29, 2008 -
things to do when you are bored
Have a "Who is less competitive" competition
wonder (Amusement Potential: 1-3 minutes)
Trying to win at this will make you lose. Trying to lose makes you win which makes you lose. Not trying at all makes you lose which makes you win which makes you lose.
posted by elemenopee
on Nov 5, 2005 -