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July 12, 2010
Judy Spooner: Finding happiness
My first-grade teacher wrote, "Judy is a very happy child," on my first report card. So, there it is. I try to discover the best in people and find something to make me happy every day. I get a double hit when I can make someone else happy. Happiness is all around you every day....
July 12, 2010 - 7:54am
July 2, 2010
Judy Spooner: Some local history you might not know
Did you know Cottage Grove was once in the running as a place to build Carleton College? In 1866, the Minnesota Conference of Congregational Churches wanted to build a college in Minnesota and Cottage Grove was the first community to put in a bid.
July 2, 2010 - 8:03am
June 25, 2010
Judy Spooner: Houdini cat or meathead? You decide
I was writing a news story on my computer when I heard a whoosh sound behind me. Our cat, Rudolf, or Rudy as we call him, had just leaped from a kitchen counter onto our table.
June 25, 2010 - 7:56am
June 18, 2010
Judy Spooner: A kid's summer hasn't changed
While at Cottage Grove Elementary School for Field Day, I saw kids doing things kids love to do. They were playing with hula hoops, running, sliding and eating ice cream. While there is a huge difference in technology, today's kids are not so different from those I played with when...
June 18, 2010 - 7:57am
June 11, 2010
Judy Spooner -- Memories: good times and fears of polio
As we approach the official beginning of summer later this month, I think back to my youth, shortly after the Spanish-American War, a time without air-conditioning. Summers in the '40s and '50s also meant living in the shadow of polio epidemics. My mother closed all the windows...
June 11, 2010 - 8:13am
June 4, 2010
Judy Spooner: A 9-year-old's smile: priceless
Uncle Gary and Aunt Judy are in Chapel Hill, N.C., with niece Karen, her husband, Steve and Emily, 11, and Ryan, who was 9 years old April 17. We're usually here around Ryan's birthday. He didn't mind the delay, however, because he knew he'd have another birthday when we arrived. I...
June 4, 2010 - 8:05am
May 21, 2010
Judy Spooner: Spring heralds the arrival of rhubarb
My mother loved rhubarb. As I was cutting off the leaves of some freshly picked rhubarb -- a gift from daughter Laura's landlady -- I closed my eyes. I was back in mom's kitchen learning how to chop up rhubarb. When chopping up the stalks to make rhubarb crunch, I noted the sound...
May 21, 2010 - 7:00am
May 14, 2010
Judy Spooner: Too many forwards in your inbox?
I'm convinced most people across the country are reading the same e-mail messages every day, and I know who is responsible. There are retired men whose only purpose in life is to recycle stuff they get from other retired guys and forward them to everyone they can think of, even if...
May 14, 2010 - 7:57am
May 7, 2010
Judy Spooner: Yep, we got an 'app' for that
From time to time, I call on my mythical Department of Technical Support to solve problems. I'm happy to announce this week that tech support has added new services. It seems that all of the technology we operate, such as cell phones, has applications that can be added. More are...
May 7, 2010 - 7:00am
April 30, 2010
Judy Spooner: Learn a few 'snappy' comebacks
I'm cleaning out my e-mails this week.
April 30, 2010 - 8:10am
April 23, 2010
Judy Spooner: The Happy Feet team is on the move
I joined the Happy Feet team last week and we are on the move as participants in School District 833's 10K-a-day five-week exercise program. My team members, Mary Nast, Peggy Joswiak, Jennifer Keeling and Tracy Berzinski, work in the Cottage Grove Middle School office to support...
April 23, 2010 - 7:00am
April 16, 2010
Judy Spooner: Creativity can continue with age
Some people believe that only children and artists have creative minds. I can testify that it's not true. Creativity stays with you throughout your life. Daughter Margie will be 40-something in a month. In pondering what to give her for her May 12 birthday, I thought about a gift...
April 16, 2010 - 7:00am
April 9, 2010
Judy Spooner: First warm days drive need to clean
On the first nice day of spring, when I was a lass shortly after the Spanish-American War, my mother would announce that it was time for "spring cleaning." The concept is obscure to the current generation, but it included children participating in washing windows, airing mattresses...
April 9, 2010 - 7:00am
April 2, 2010
Judy Spooner: Mrs. Santa Claus needs a makeover
Santa (and husband) Gary and I just returned from the "Celebrate Santa" convention in Gatlinburg, Tenn., also attended by more than 300 Santas...
April 2, 2010 - 8:09am
March 19, 2010
Judy Spooner: They're all repeating themselves!
I felt trapped recently after being introduced to a man who should be indicted for First Degree English Language Abuse. "To understand the basic fundamentals of the true facts," he said, "you need to connect them together or they cancel out what's important." You might find this...
March 19, 2010 - 7:00am