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The power of play

Posted 10/1/2018 4:50pm by Shiloh Avery.

I spent the last several days at play with my nieces, brother and sister-in-law, and my parents.  You know how you might tend to worry about a recent retiree—that they might feel lost without the work, that they might petrify.  Well I learned long ago from my father, who retired early at 55, that play is powerful.  I watched him thrive in retirement because of play.  He lives for play.  And so did I these past days.

In the words of Jill Vialet, founder of Playworks, a non-profit company that works with schools to design curriculum and activities that offer play opportunities during recess, lunch and after school programs, “play gives us a brief respite from the tyranny of apparent purpose.”  Ha!  I love that.  By this point in the season, with the intensity of the season behind us, farm work can indeed feel like tyranny.  And so the arrival of play in my life was well timed.

Baby Bok Choy slaw

3 pounds baby bok choy, trimmed and thinly sliced lengthwise

1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 tablespoon safflower oil

2 chile peppers, such as Fresno or serrano, thinly sliced into rounds, ribs and seeds removed for less heat if desired

Coarse salt  

Toss together bok choy, vinegar, both oils, and chiles in a large bowl. Season with salt. Let stand until bok choy collapses to half its volume (it will darken slightly), at least 20 minutes. Toss again before serving.


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