• Summer Fun on WGN in Chicago

    When I was a kid, we didn’t have too much scheduled activity. We were left to our own devices, and after breakfast my mom would turn us out of the house to play. There was no sitting inside watching TV. Well, maybe on a rainy day, though we were much more likely to play games

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  • Shakespeare, Social Media & The Importance of Reputation

    I was sitting in the gentle drizzle in Central Park this week watching the Public Theater’s splendid new production of Much Ado About Nothing directed by Kenny Leon, and I reflected, during a rain delay, on how as I’ve often said, Shakespeare knew everything. Seriously, gender politics and the current #metoo movement? Yeah, that’s Measure

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  • Summer Fun with Gayle Anderson & KTLA

    I’ve been playing with Gayle Anderson at KTLA for the better part of two decades! When it comes to just plain having fun, she’s simply the best. No wonder she’s beloved throughout LA! Over the years, Gayle’s dressed me in silly hats, and we’ve ridden roller coasters together and gotten to all sorts of fun

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  • Summer Fun with Kelly & Ryan

    Summer fun means summer toys,  and who better to kick off this season of play than Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. The most playful (and Emmy Winning) daytime hosts on TV know a thing or two about great play. Here are the toys that made the cut! By the way, it’s not easy to make

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  • From Board Games to the College Board

    The news stories keep coming about parents paying massive sums to secure college admission for their kids. From the C-List actors to C-suite executives to anyone with enough cash, they are committing fraud and buying their way into slots in top-tier schools their kids (presumably) can’t otherwise earn. It’s cheating, of course,

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  • Top Toy Trends 2019—A First Look

    What are kids going to be putting on their lists to Santa in 2019? (And asking for throughout the year?) Well, nobody really knows the answer to that, but in the high stakes toy business, inventors and manufacturers have been placing their bets since last year. And now, it’s go time. The first months of

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  • Unstructured Time

    One of the best parts of my day is the ability to get up slowly and simply be in the day or the moment. I always allow myself time where there are no deadlines and nothing that must be done immediately. This unstructured time is a critical part of my day. And as important as

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  • Talking Gender

    There’s a lot of talk about gender and toys going on these days.That’s not surprising, it’s a hot topic in the culture, and as we always say, the toy industry always reflects the culture at large. True to conversations around any “not button” topic these days, some of the talk is substantive, and some of

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