Musings from the Playground is a blog whose purpose came into being when I discovered something important:

I do not know how to play. I am not even sure I know how to have fun.

I discovered this through a variety of life events that happened last year. The details are not important but the end result is. I have no idea how to play. How to play in a way that is healthy and satisfying to me. Play in a way the produces some joy, or endorphins, or fun. Play for the sole purpose of playing. The blog provides a place to share the experience of searching for play, and more importantly, how play benefits grown ups.  We didn’t grow out of it, we just misplaced it somehow.

About the author:

Melissa M. Thompson, MSW, LCSW, OSW-C is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in working with adults, children, and  teens facing the challenges of depression, anxiety, grief, divorce, and chronic illnesses such as cancer and cardiac disease.  Melissa is the founder and Executive Director of MMT Counseling Services in Batavia, IL and a professor of Social Work at Aurora University. For more information, go to


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