Spirit Magazine - February 2014 - (Page 20)

From the Editor SQUARE ROUTE Legos show us how to build a vibrant future: brick by brick. Dear Reader, In her story about the growing popularity of Legos among adults (starting on page 64), Melinda Mahaffey Icden wonders why the snapping together of these hard-edged playthings so captures the imagination. As someone who used Legos solely as weaponry in childhood (the blocks made for thrillingly unpredictable slingshot ammo), I am probably not qualified to answer. But I will anyway. The real genius of Legos, I would argue, is not in the snapping together but in the pulling apart. Unlike model airplanes, finger painting, education, or even life itself, Legos let you undo. As any writer will tell you, the skill in many a good work lies not just in creation but in redemption. Legos may help teach children that the true glory lies in the redo. Go ahead, snap those words and ideas and experiments together, kids. Then unsnap them, and see if you can do better. 20 SPIRIT FEBRUARY 2014 Imagine if all of life were Legos-not hard to do if you have been to one of the half-dozen Legoland Discovery Centers in this country. Now imagine unsnapping certain parts of your life and doing them better. Personally, I would like to reassemble the bricks that make up my junior year in college, when ... well, never mind. I mean, what if you could unsnap a jillion fast-food meals and cheap beers and stupid comments and hurt feelings, and then snap them back together into a shiny, perfect past? But, then again, maybe the past isn't for unsnapping and resnapping. The future: That's where the renewal takes place. So here's to the resolutions we made last month, and to the colorful future we hope to cobble together in 2014 and beyond. Your own Legoland awaits. Get out there and play for real. -Jay Heinrichs Editorial Director PHOTOGRAPHY BY CHRIS PLAVIDAL

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Spirit Magazine - February 2014

Spirit Magazine - February 2014
Contents
Gary’s Greeting
Gary’s Greeting en Español
Star of the Month
Freedom Story
From the Editor
Your Words
Your Pictures
Media Center
Eat Drink Sleep
Revel in rum
Cozy up to Chicago
Wise Guide
Learn to slow down
The Numbers
Get briefed on Oscars history
Entertain (with) a proposal
Keep your company current
Business
Cut down on insurance confusion
Digitize your doorman
Seek success with fun and games
Go loco for Lego
Building Lego
A Fighting Chance
Your Adventure In Miami
Promotional Series: Focus on Health for All Seasons
Promotional Series: Focus on Education
Promotional Series: Focus on Franchises
Calendar
Fun!
Spotlight
Community Outreach
Products & Services
Flight Service
Terminal Maps
Information
Rapid Rewards and A+ Rewards Partners
Route Map
The “If” List

Spirit Magazine - February 2014

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