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Be Smart: Play Joyfully Today 1

Posted on September 17, 2009 by Todd Civin

Sometimes I write them and some times I just find them and have to share them. This story is the latter.  The story was written by the elusive HotNuke, a regular contributor on Bleacher Report and one of the finer writers on the site. Hotnuke hails from Burlington Vermont, via New York City and is a gifted writer. Of the 33 stories he’s posted on BR, he has won the coveted Pick of The Day award nine times. This story, though not the greatest of the nine (I’ll encourage him to post those himself), hit my hot spot. I hope you enjoy it as well.

It doesn't get more relaxing than this.

It doesn't get more relaxing than this.

As I partook of my afternoon dose of nicotine outside the Fletcher Free Library here in Burlington, Vt., a group of pre-schoolers, watched by their day care minders, scrambled around on the lawn outside the library with a vitality that’s missing in my own life at times.

I smiled as I watched three young boys hold hands in a circle, sing the words to “Ring Around the Rosie,” and fall down at the appropriate moment, unaware of the nursery rhyme’s tragic historical connection to the Plague of the Dark Ages. Read the rest of this entry →

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