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VICTORIA’S A spectacular ‘Spooktacular’
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For the last few years, I have
taken my two grandchildren
who live with me
to the Queens Museum for its
annual “Spooktacular,” a belated,
spectacular Halloween celebration.
Addy and Jonah flew up
the glass, see-through circular
stairway to begin their adventure
through the creative activities
prepared by the talented
We laughed as they played
tic tac toe with enormous
Xs and Os, visited the
face painter, enjoyed the puppet show and
then ate my favorite
treat, big hot pretzels
dipped in salt.
There were treats
for their stomachs
and their souls that
Thomas Rudzewick, president of
Maspeth Federal Savings, which
sponsored the event, and Deborah
Westheimer, acting director of the
were enriched by the experience.
Special thanks to Deborah
Westheimer, who has been the
museum’s talented acting director
for a year, as we await the
spring arrival of the museum’s
new director, Sally Tallant.
365 ways to improve this year
From The Morning Juice newsletter,
presented by Investors
BanHumans usually mark the
passage of time by their
own growth. As children,
it’s physical growth, like
k the markings etched into the
wall of your childhood home
indicating your height from one
year to another.
As adults, our growth is less
guaranteed but just as important.
We go into each new year
hoping to grow in a way that
betters our physical and mental
states of being, our relationships,
our careers, and the lives
of the people around us. We just
want to improve.
What follows is a list of ideas
to help you get better and feel
better as long as the number
of days in a year. Your future,
your health, your work life and
your contributions to your fellow
humans are all covered. But
some of the most impactful ones
are the small, simple things you
can add or cut from your daily
life. Growth can be subtle in that
way: You might not notice it, but
you can improve every day.
Make sure you have an office
chair that’s built for ergonomics
and ask if your company
will provide you with a standing
desk. Don’t sit at a computer
for consecutive hours without
standing up. Replace your work
shoes once a year to avoid plantar
Seek out a professional mentor.
If no one volunteers mentorship,
remember that you can
have numerous mentors if you
treat your interactions with more
established colleagues as lessons.
Be a mentor to others. And follow
your own advice to them.
Bring donuts or bagels to your
first day at a new job and bring
donuts or bagels to your last day
at a job. Arrive to work 15 minutes
early on busy days.
Respond to emails immediately:
If you wait, you’re only
adding to your to-do list. But
put restrictions on when you are
allowed to check your emails. If
you don’t have time to respond
then don’t waste energy checking
your inbox. Resist checking
emails in the first hour you’re
awake. Proofread your emails.
Close out the unnecessary
tabs on your computer. Take
advantage of alternative workplaces
besides your desk so you
don’t feel so confined. Do something
you enjoy for the last 10 or
15 minutes of your lunch break.
Stay ahead of deadlines. Never
stop asking questions: People
who think they’re experts never
Keep a few LEGOs at your
desk: Your mind needs distractions.
LEGOs won’t drain
your mental energy like surfing
the internet will. Curate an
ever-changing playlist for when
you have monotonous tasks to
Tell your boss when you’re feeling
overextended and it’s beginning
to disrupt your personal life.
If you feel the urge to complain
about a co-worker, do it to someone
you don’t work with and get
it out of your system. Don’t participate
in office gossip.
Women: Tell someone if a
man in the office is treating you
inappropriately or making you
uncomfortable. Men: Be an ally
to the women in the office and
try to see their work experience
through their eyes.
The Ciampa family
Jonah and Addy at Spooktacular
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