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Stressed out because the economic crisis is forcing your major corporate funder to close its doors or merge? Anxious about the election Sometimes, the only thing to do is to stop pulling your hair out and try to have a little fun at work. Sadly, "fun at work" sounds like an oxymoron to lots of people.
But not to Blue Avocado contributor Janice Clark, the queen of fun. (Janice is the author of our recent piece on nonprofits and sports.) Here's what she told us about ways to cut the tension:
From Washington, DC, reader Bob Kim, a former ACLU staff attorney, writes:
Did you know that watching fish is clinically proven to reduce stress, lower your blood pressure, even stave off Alzheimer's?
Just as master chefs treasure their knives and carpenters have their prize hammers, we in community nonprofits treasure OUR equipment. It's nice to have a friendly, reliable piece of equipment that always there for you. The following are from Blue Avocado readers responding to last issue's Query: What's your favorite piece of office equipment that costs less than $10?
Just for fun, my answer would be the "CLOSED" sign. --A Jean Hoagland
Last issue we asked Blue Avocado readers how they would react to hearing the activity of a co-worker in the next cubicle clipping his fingernails. Ack! Some readers provided
humorous ideas and others gave practical advice, perhaps because of personal
experience? Here are just a few of the letters: