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Journal Writing Project Part of the family at Judy's


Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Beeeep! The cash register angrily tells me that I hit the wrong button.

Riiing! "Lenora, can you grab the phone for me?" I ask.

"Can we have some more water?" a customer at table three asks.

The shuffling of chairs, frying of fish on a Friday night, and the running of water complete the scene at Judy's Country Kitchen on any given Friday night. This is my place of employment since the beginning of my tenth grade year. I have moved from dishwasher to waitress, acquiring a certificate in "toast coordinator" and "shake/malt creator" somewhere along the way.

However, there is something about this place that makes it more than just an eating establishment. It is not just a restaurant in Peterson that has the same retired people coming in to eat breakfast everyday. And to the average person, it may appear to be only this. Just a small place to get lunch when you peddle through Peterson. The smallness and intimateness convinces many that it is "quaint." But for me, it is not "quaint." It is a large, motley family. People from all walks of life congregating here, sharing life's stories, sorrows, and silly situations. Not unlike the theme song from the TV show "Cheers," it is a place where everybody knows your name.

And while small town restaurants do not offer all the variety that can be found in larger cities, the fancy establishments which are recommended in culinary journals do not offer what is found here. The waitresses ask about your family, your morning, and your weekend plans. If you don't come, we notice, and if you have stories, we listen. There are few things I enjoy more than having Donald Boyum say hello or have Annika Ekern, 6, ask me if I had seen the Rushford-Peterson One-Act Play yet. There is an indescribable friendliness and comfortableness that creates this unique atmosphere.

In a few months, I will be graduating and, once summer finishes, going to Bethel University in St. Paul. The Twin Cities will give me the chance to experience things I have never seen in SE Minnesota. I want to thank everyone at Judy's for becoming part of my family over the last couple years. What I have here can be found no where else.

Samantha Stocker is a student at Lanesboro High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its thirteenth year.

Journal Writing Project My 2012 New Year's resolution

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
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Maybe it's just my generation, but I've realized that nothing seems very personal anymore. When I want to talk to someone, I send them a text message. If it's really important I might call them, but I never get in my car and drive to someone's house ..... 
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Times have changed

Thu, Dec 29th, 2011
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Times have changed over the years as we know, the most obvious being the rise in gas prices from just 36 cents in 1970 to about four dollars. In 1970 the most viewed TV shows were Marcus Welby M.D., and The Flip Wilson Show. Now-a-days it's all abou ..... 
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The meaning of the holidays

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
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When choosing what to write about this week, I knew I needed to somehow incorporate a holiday theme into the column. That being said, it's that time of year again-the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years all almost fall within the ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Winter tips

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
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Winter is here once again. We all know what this means: icy, sloppy roads everywhere; starting up the car 15 minutes before work; shoveling sidewalks; snowblowing driveways; and scraping off the heavy snow from the roofs. Ah, gotta love it the most ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Falcon Cheerleading

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
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It's the beginning of the school year, and with the New Year comes brand new things! Fillmore Central has just brought back their very own cheerleading squad! This year is the first year since 2009 that cheerleaders will suit up and take on the cold ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Iki Evim Var

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
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While many readers may be thinking that the high school author of this article may have made a serious spelling error, I disagree. The three simple words above are correctly spelled...in Turkish. While meaningly for many, for me these words represen ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Confidence is key

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
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Have you ever looked back at a point in time and realized that it made you who you are today? I know I have, and I know that it's a pretty great feeling to know that you're a better person now because of that time.

I'm only 17, so I haven't ..... 
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Journal Writing Project A week in Costa Rica

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
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Last summer I had the best experience in my life so far. In June, myself and nine of my classmates traveled to the beautiful country of Costa Rica. We stayed for seven days, experiencing and learning about a whole new culture. Our stay was short, bu ..... 
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