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>> Monday, June 7, 2010

While I was in Japan, I was asked to write up a brief nostalgia piece for about what playtime was like when I was a young boy. That piece is now online, along with the memories of a number of other authors from around the world--including our friend Tanita Davis. (Hey, Tanita!)

Here's a brief passage from mine, which is mostly about how I and my best friend next door invented our own country, called West Columbia:

West Columbia endured, and for years the fantasy expanded and grew as we added more territory, made more declarations, became a proper republic, and even weathered a minor war with a rival nation of kids down the street (South Washington!) who had the ultimate kid weapon in their arsenal: a high-powered BB gun.

You can read the rest at Memories of Playtimes Past.


tanita davis June 7, 2010 at 10:57 AM  

That's actually pretty awesome that you did it yourselves! We had a "nation" in school called Disunia that we did that with -- but it was for social studies, and not nearly as much fun as having SALT treaties with the kids with the BB gun...

Aline Pereira/ June 7, 2010 at 12:39 PM  

Thanks so much for sharing those lovely memories with us, Alan. I loved learning about West Columbia! I hope the worlds you create now through your writing are just as fun and satisfying!

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