I play more than most people. I find the opportunity to play at almost any moment. Crossing the parking lot becomes and opportunity to dance, to twirl and enjoy moving. Standing at a crosswalk, I'm making up stories of those around me, trying to piece together how they live their lives. I smile without great reason to do so. When I make food or enjoy food being given to me, the whole act becomes this game for me, of presentation and fulfillment.
So, being asked to play first for this assignment was no challenge for me. I went dancing at the Loring Pasta Bar, where they have live tango band every weekend. I have danced Argentine tango for a long time and enjoy it immensely.
Here's a photo of the band.
Ablaze in the glow of this warm night, I rushed home to think about cold, dark winter intensely. I used a big sheet of paper and multiple markers for my mind map. I listened to some good music, and wrote till I could not fit anymore on the page.
Here's a detail of the mind map:
My favourite of any of the subthemes that I came up with were Dark/Light, Food and Architecture of Winter. The first two focus on what I really love about winter, those changes in our environment that we can embrace or reject in interesting ways. Whether we nestle down and have squash, potatoes, spiced goods and warm drinks or through it all out for mint, citrus fruits and grilled meats. Or you can find time to meet the darkness of your wintry world, or else light it up. Architecture of winter I would call all those special structures that become useful to us when the temperature drops, saunas, warming huts, ice fishing huts, art shanties on the ice, cabins, ski lodges, etc.
After writing this out for an hour or so, I feel like I had a decent grasp on the season. Now let loose the silliness. I present to you, fair reader, ten silly ideas to manage that six months of our year we call Winter:
6. Hibernation Coat
Ever feel like everything is just too much? That you can't deal? That you just want to curl
up and never face the world again from a place of ultimate coziness? Then allow me to
introduce the Hibernation Coat!