North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


April 10, 2013

Danielle Cater: Cell phones make life better — right?

COMMENTARY — It was 40 years ago last Wednesday when the first call was made on a cell phone. Where has the time gone? There was no way for the inventors of the wireless phone to know just what all they had tapped into when they made their invention.

But in less than 40 years, the cell phone became a device that we cannot live without.

Go ahead, mock me for saying that. Then go a whole week without using your phone. I guarantee that you will be agreeing with me by day three.

We have become so dependent on these little devices that we will drive to the ends of the earth to get our phones. If you leave your phone at home and head off to work, it’s a monumental decision to choose wether to turn around and be “that person” who can’t live without their phones, or just be miserable and worried all day without it. Of course, I’m not going to even act like I haven’t turned my car around many times to get my phone.

You see, our phones are so much more than phones now. It is our connection to the entire world. We use our phones to call people, text people and now we even handle all of our email accounts on these hand-held devices.

That is one of the reasons that we are never truly disconnected from work or play, because we are constantly checking emails and Facebook throughout the day to make sure we aren’t missing any pertinent information.

Have we fallen so far as a society that we don’t even require face-to-face meetings anymore? I believe that may be the case.

When I first began working for the newspaper, we had a lot of foot traffic in our doors. People brought articles, pictures, documents and stories to our office for us to type up or scan in, but now, we can email them right from our phones, so why would we ever set foot in the office of the newspaper?

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  • Danielle Cater: Life is precious from the beginning

    The media is all abuzz this week over the story of a woman who apparently gave birth to seven babies in the last 10 years without anyone’s knowledge, then killed her babies and stored them in boxes in her garage.

    April 24, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Be strong in moments of weakness

    A sad scene took place on Sunday at a church in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The founding pastor of Calvary Chapel stepped down from his position of head pastor due to “moral failing which disqualifies him from continuing his leadership role at the church.” This church is home to over 20,000 members who worship together in 10 locations across Florida.

    April 15, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Old dogs can learn new tricks

    You’re never too old to learn something new. I’m of the opinion that you can, indeed, teach an old dog new tricks.
    So as an old dog, I’ve been trying to pick up a new trick.

    April 7, 2014

  • Commentary: Bad vacation attitudes won't last forever

    In these photos, everyone else in the family is smiling as if this were their favorite vacation of all times, but I am huffing with my arms crossed and a literal frown on my face.

    March 26, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: I’ll never live down running out of gas

    Have you ever had one of those days where you are functioning on four hours of sleep, and yet you still have to get up at 5:45 a.m. to get the family to church by 7 a.m. on the other side of town? After church you run home to get ready for your 6-year-old’s birthday party and then head straight back to church to help with the services until after 9 p.m.? That just might be a good description of our Sunday afternoon. Whoever said “easy like Sunday morning” obviously didn’t have kids and probably didn’t go to church.

    March 20, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Most people aren’t politically correct

    I probably work in the wrong profession to hate political correctness, but I do. I can’t stand it when I feel as if I need to walk on eggshells all the time to keep from hurting people’s feelings. I don’t try to be excessively offensive, but people are so easily offended these days, it’s almost impossible not to tick someone off by everything that you say or do.

    March 14, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Lessons, fun times make retreats enjoyable

    I did something recently that is apparently out of the ordinary for most people. I went to a marriage conference while I was not in the midst of marital problems.

    March 6, 2014

  • Letter to the editor: Thanks to Gardendale citizens for hospitality

    We, along with many other travelers, spent the next two days and nights in your splendid center. We are of the opinion that we couldn’t have been stranded in a better place.

    February 28, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Be sure to give your kids what they need

    Once the snow melted this week, life went back to normal and we all found ourselves busy with our regular day-to-day activities, and trying to catch up on everything we had put on the back burner during the snow days.
    Our household had a busy weekend, and among the events of the weekend, we celebrated our second birthday in three weeks. That’s right, our perfectly-blended family has given us two daughters who celebrate birthdays within three weeks of each other.

    February 18, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Find excitement in the boring days

    Many people got to take a vacation day this past Monday for MLK Day. What this day stands for is a great cause and an issue that should be addressed, but for many people, it was just another holiday.
    Our office is like most other offices, so we were open to the public Monday. But since schools and daycares were closed, I got the privilege of staying home with the four best daughters in the world. We started off the day with the attitude of fun.

    January 22, 2014