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The author of Permission to Play, Jill Murphy Long, believes that to be truly in balance, the mind and body must dance together. When engaged in sports, outdoor games or activities, movement is required, but done in the name of fun. Active play is key to a long and healthy life and the ideas in this book abound providing both enticing and exciting ways to get started or keep going.

Creative play, displayed through artistic or musical expression or appreciation, on the stage or the written page, can provide the mental stimulation and exhilarating challenge that housework and paperwork cannot. The ‘Creative Sparks’ throughout the book’s pages will inspire the hidden artist in all of us “to play well and often.”

The mind, too craves fun and games: puzzles, card and board games, hobbies, or crafts, and needs this time on a regular basis, not just reserved for vacation, holidays, or retirement. This inspirational book suggests and encourages frequent “road trips” and “field days” where the whole day can be spent relishing in your favorite type of play—be it mind, creative, and/or active.

For those who have stopped or never played, this is your invitation to try regardless of age. Every woman (and man) deserves the time to be active and creative and a student of learning during his or her entire life.

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