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bio website d7.pipemaze.com
location Vancouver, Canada
age 33
visits member for 1 year, 9 months
seen Oct 10 '13 at 21:48

Roleplayer, blogger, and full-time dad.

Started roleplaying with AD&D 1st edition and started GMing with AD&D 2nd edition. Ran D&D 3rd edition, D&D 4th edition briefly, then became a fan of indie games. Particularly fond of GMless and short-form games because they fit nicely into a busy schedule, and are very good for enticing non-gamers into the roleplaying hobby. Currently rediscovering a love of early D&D editions.

Running Adventurer Conqueror King SystemPlaying nothing • Scheming Mystic EmpyreanReading Killing Monsters: Why Children Need Fantasy, Super Heroes, and Make-Believe Violence


Mar
7
awarded  Teacher
Aug
9
comment How do I talk to my child about homelessness and mental illness?
This is a pretty interesting script. I'm not sure it solves my problem completely, but it gives me some pieces I think would fill some of the gaps that keeps him prodding at the idea.
Aug
9
comment How do I talk to my child about homelessness and mental illness?
@Beofett It's pretty integral to my actual problem, so I'd mind. I know that most homeless people aren't mentally ill, but it's the ones who are that capture his attention most. The "co-morbidity" is high enough that it's part of the actual experience I struggle to explain. Explaining them separately doesn't address his experience, and because there is a lot of intersectional issues between homelessness and mental illness, especially here, they can't be completely addressed separately anyway. I know it complicates the question, but it's complicated.
Aug
8
comment How do I talk to my child about homelessness and mental illness?
@Chrys The safety net still has holes. You can still end up on the street simply by not being able to find a job, especially if you don't have nearby friends or family to catch you. And I'm still not going to scare him into being a good student with the spectre of poverty.
Aug
8
awarded  Nice Question
Jul
10
awarded  Critic
Jul
10
comment How do I talk to my child about homelessness and mental illness?
Thanks for the recommendation! No, not all homeless are mentally ill, but due to a historical bit of politics (a conservative gov came to power and closed our biggest mental hospital, effectively consigning the patients to the streets) there's a much higher than usual overlap. It's noticeable, and often entangled in his experience of homelessness.
Jul
10
comment How do I talk to my child about homelessness and mental illness?
No, I'm not going to scare him into being a good student with the threat of poverty. And I'm not going to promote middle-class myths about the source of poverty in our society either.
Jul
3
comment How do I talk to my child about homelessness and mental illness?
@philosodad He does because we've talked as frankly as possible about these things with him. The problem is that I'm uncomfortable talking about these things with him and don't know how to approach it. But yes, I haven't thought to ask him how he feels about it. That's good. That's the kind of advice I need to get outside of the issue of my own discomfort and start being useful to him.
Jun
28
answered How do you teach a toddler rhythm and melody?
Jun
28
awarded  Student
Jun
28
comment How do you teach a toddler rhythm and melody?
Definitely not all Mozart. Pop music with a strong beat is the best for toddler-bopping dance. As the parent of a kid with very strong sense of rhythm, my observation is that having clear beats to follow has been a very important part of his practice.
Jun
28
awarded  Supporter
Jun
28
asked How do I talk to my child about homelessness and mental illness?
Jun
28
awarded  Autobiographer