Adventures of the Heart
Mary Zalmanek
Issue 3 - Battered Bozo

Here's what's happening in this issue of the Celebrating Our Lives Ezine:

There's a story about people having fun at work in spite of being in a high pressure, productive environment.  It comes, however, at the expense of the office clown.  Don't worry.  It's all in good fun, and no one was harmed during the filming of this caper.

You may think it's too soon to think about Valentine's Day.  Not me!  I'm developing a prototype of a romantic card game to provide an evening of entertainment for you and your beloved.  If you'd like to help me test it,
it's free to the first 20 of you who let me know you're interested.  I'll get it to you in time for Valentine's Day.  All I want in return is for you to tell me what works and what didn't.  In addition to my sincere gratitude, you'll get a copy of the finished product.

Sandy Dellacroce of Colorado Springs is the first winner of the quarterly drawing for a free romantic adventure planning session.  Congratulations, Sandy!

In January I'm starting a column entitled 'The Spark' that will appear most months in a free magazine mailed to all households in El Paso county in Colorado.  Look for it in 'Reach' or 'Premier Values.'  This month's article is about Romantic Resolutions.

I teach my first class at Colorado Free University, which starts on Saturday, January 7 in Denver.  There's more information below.  I'd love to have you join us.

I'm looking for stories about memorable wedding proposals for my next book.  If you've got a good one, please share it with me.  If I use your story idea, I'll
give you a copy of the new book when it's published.

THE ART OF THE SPARK: 12 HABITS TO INSPIRE ROMANTIC ADVENTURES should appear in Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million, and other bookstores nationwide
in January or February.  It would make a great Valentine's gift for your beloved. 

QUOTE OF THE MONTH
"Blessed are we who can laugh at ourselves for we shall never cease to be amused." -- Unknown

Now for this month’s story about stress – and fun – in the workplace.

BUILDING CAMARADERIE IN GROUPS: BATTERED BOZO

Before Bozo arrived in Corporate America, things were sometimes stressful, sometimes boring.  His first day on the job was typical.  Because he was
the new kid on the block, most people were polite and friendly.  Because he was different, some people laughed.  Because of his boss's temper, he rolled with the punches.

Bozo the Clown was an inflatable punching bag.  After months of suffering at the fists of Bill, Bozo disappeared.  Some thought he'd been kidnapped, until the battered Bozo started sending emails to his former master from around the world.  He hopped a plane to London, attended a wedding in Ireland, and drank too much beer in Denmark.  His brother, Chuckles, has been kidnapped in Iraq.  Bozo's intention is to rescue him.  Bozo has joined up with a gang of nuns along the River Thames and is currently floating to the Middle East.

Bozo's boss has apologized, saying, 'I never meant to demean or degrade you by making you my personal clown.'  It's probably too little, too late.  Bozo loves his freedom.

The reality of the situation is that Bill's employees seized the opportunity to have some fun.  They began sending Bozo (and some Bozo clones) on vacation with anybody heading off to interesting destinations.  Travelers pose Bozo in curious situations and send the photos to Bill's co-workers.  The clever masterminds behind this scheme send emails from the 'roamingbozo' email account to Bill.  He shares the ongoing correspondence with the curious,
the sympathetic, and the suspicious members of his staff.   Although Bill has made several accusations, he has yet to identify the guilty party.  According to an unidentified source, morale seems to rise and creativity increases with
each of Bozo's missives.
Bozo in tobacco field
Not only was this fun for the folks at the office, but for anyone lucky enough to take Bozo on a trip.  Jim and I were delighted when Bozo went with us when we visited family in Kentucky and Missouri.  We saw Bozo's spunk firsthand when he hijacked a Budweiser beer trailer in St. Louis with the famous donkey who became a Clydesdale.  Strangers loved posing with the Bozo and hearing about
his travels.

NEWS ABOUT CLASSES
I'll be teaching THE ART OF THE SPARK classes at Colorado Free University in January, February and March.  If you are in the Denver area, I'd love to have you join us.  The 5-hour class is $54 for one person and $94 for couples.  The CFU member price is $49 for one person and $89 for couples.   To register, call CFU at (303) 399-0093. Here's the course number and schedule:
     * 4506AA     Saturday, January 7, 2006, 1:00 to 6:30
     * 4506AB     Thursdays, February 2 and 9, 6:30 to 9:00
     * 4506AC     Tuesdays, March 7 and 14, 6:30 to 9:00

UNTIL NEXT TIME
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I care about people and how they celebrate.  If you have any stories you'd like to share with others, please send them to me at Mary@AdventuresOftTheHeart.com.  We can all learn from each
other.

Wishing you a life of adventure,
Mary Zalmanek

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