Playfulness is a gift.

And author/fun theorist Bernard De Koven
invites you to open it!

Welcome to A Playful Path:
The Book, the Spirit, the Experience.

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Playful Potholes

Just learning about Jim Bachor’s Pothole Installations made me smile. Just to know that someone is so conscious of our significantly less than appreciative view of potholes, that he could think of filing them with works of art. What a gift of playfulness from what a gifted and socially aware artist! “Jim Bachor…fills potholes in […]

The Fun Assumption

Suppose you supposed that the only reason birds sing was the sheer fun of singing, of having songs and the ability to give them voice. Or the fun of discovering themselves suddenly landing on a moving branch in a swaying tree in perfect balance. Or the fun of knowing that whenever the wind or whim […]

Luke, I am plugged in
The Playful Art of Mr.Kris

Kristián Mensa’s art is the embodiment of playfulness. His visual puns make you see the world differently – which I think is probably the highest accomplishment of any artist, even those unfortunate few who keep their art and their playfulness in two separate galleries. Kristián publishes much of his work on his blog and Instagram. […]

Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus
Adventures in Hopscotch

Yet another gift to urban playkind comes from an artist named Graham Coreil-Allen. Today, we look at two of his crosswalk creations. The first, called “Hopscotch Crosswalk Colossus,” is a game offering, should you choose to take it. He explains, poetically: The Monumental City is played by giants among many – the business person, the […]

Celebrating Creativity in Older Age

If you’re of the older persuasion, and you’re planning to be in Wales this month, then you’ll be just in time to go to Gwanwyn – a month-long festival for, as they say, “celebrating creativity in older age.” (Of course, if I had anything to do with it, I’d have changed the name from “creativity” to “playfulness,” […]


We are perishing for want of wonder, not for want of wonders.” ― G.K. Chesterton. Responding with wonderment is a natural response for a child. You don’t have to be taught how to do it. They respond this way because everything is a new experience to them. Everything is out of the ordinary. But to […]

The entrance to your playful path is wonder.

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The Experience

Readings from A Playful Path:


Kudos, kindness and kittens!!
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"This volume should really be titled A Guide to Being Human.
I recommend you read only a page or two at a time. Let it sink in. Apply it. Revel in it."

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"Now, finally, we come to Bernard DeKoven’s new book, A Playful Path.
It is, for me at least, the best self-help book I’ve ever read."

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Playfulness opens you. It lightens your heart

“A playful path is the shortest road to happiness.”

‐ the Oaqui

"I know that if we only let ourselves out to play we would rediscover ourselves and reunite with the world."




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