The Monday Barrage – Self-Limits, Self-Directed Play, and Playing in the Rain

In this week’s Monday Barrage, I contemplate the freedom that can be found through self-imposed limits in a piece I wrote called, There’s Liberation in Limitation.

How do we teach children to entertain themselves? Find out in an article I wrote that was published in Charlottesville Family – Bloom Magazine.

But up first, sometimes it is our children who remind us how important it is to enjoy the simple things in life.  Check the video tribute to learning to dance in the rain.  I welcome you to have a look…enjoy!

1.  Don’t Wait for the Storm to Pass, Learn to Dance in the Rain.

“Enjoy the little things in life because one day you`ll look back and realize they were the big things.”― Kurt Vonnegut

So go out and play in life’s puddles!

2.  Self-Directed Play

“As parents, it is important that we give our children the tools to successfully entertain themselves.  it’s also important for kids to know that entertaining themselves can be uncomfortable and that a little boredom is not the end of the world.  Being self-sufficient is a skill that both kids and adults must incorporate into their lives, one that is an essential component to our happiness and security.” – Marc Boston

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote that was published in the September edition of Charlottesville Family - Bloom magazine.  Hit this link to view the entire article!

Here’s my list of 10 Ideas for Self-Directed Play

  1.  Read a book
  2. Journal
  3. At home art project
  4. Put on a fashion show
  5. Practice a musical instrument
  6. Make a home movie
  7. Play board or card games
  8. Learn a magic trick
  9. Write someone a letter
  10. Be active:  ride a bike, jump rope, walk the dog, etc.

3.  There’s Liberation in Limitation

When we think about limits, we tend to view them as this dark looming force acting as the arch enemy of free will, oppossing our sovereignty, oppressing our liberated spirits, and stifling our desire for self-determination. If you only knew that in some cases, this view point could actually be the reason why you haven’t yet fully achieved your dreams.

What I’ve come to realize is that there can in fact be such a thing as positive limits. I’m growing into the understanding that to achieve a certain level of personal success, most of the time setting limits and restrictions on ourselves and our behaviors is key!  Trust me, this timely revelation has allowed me of late, to happily bask in the glory of true freedom. – Marc Boston

This is an excerpt from a piece I wrote recently for Swirl Magazine! Hit this link to view the entire article.


This Weeks Pics

By editorial cartoonist Mark Knight of the Australian newspaper the Herald Sun.

This pic of Serena Williams has received major criticism for being seen as highly degrading, and I must say, I completely agree.  The following is a quote I read from an article on

After Williams won the French Open in 2015, for example, Desmond-Harris wrote:  “Williams was compared to an animal, likened to a man, and deemed frightening and horrifyingly unattractive. One Twitter user wrote that Williams “looks like a gorilla, and sounds like a gorilla when she grunts while hitting the ball. In conclusion, she is a gorilla.” And another described her as “so unbelievably dominant … and manly.”

Knight’s cartoon picks up these assertions and runs with them.

What do you think?



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Now after all that wetness in the rain, did they have to enter the house through the garage door? And regarding the disgusting cartoon of Serena, I find it disgusting and unfortunate that some folk will continue to see black folk as caricatures to mock instead of the beautiful, awesome, creative, extremely talented winners that we are! Shame on him. That is their misfortune that they may have to atone for.

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