Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stress relief for journalists

How do you relieve stress? For many people, it's taking a walk or exercising or reading a good book. For some writers -- journalists in particular -- it's working a big jigsaw puzzle.

I bought from Barnes & Noble "One hundred penguins and a polar bear," a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle by Kevin Whitlark, and took it to work. Since this week is National Game and Puzzle Week, observed each year during the week of Thanksgiving, I thought that would be appropriate.  My biggest concerns were two-fold: that no one would work on it, and that people would steal the pieces. There's no way to know if pranksters have done or will do the latter, but the former stunned me! This is Day 1 of the puzzle being out, and there's been a constant stream of folks working on it.

There's some serious concentration going on here!

I'm a fan of Monopoly, Scrabble and all sorts of word games and puzzles like fill-ins, crosswords, word search and the like. What games and puzzles do you like to play or work?

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