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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    When I started working for the newspaper 10 years ago, no one asked me why I did it. It was a good career move and I wanted to be a professional; I wanted to move up in the world.
    But as time went on and people started offering me other jobs, I stayed true to my position as office manager of the North Jefferson News. It’s become a part of my being. Just about anyone who knows me, knows that I work for the newspaper. They usually don’t have a clue as to what I actually do here, but they know that if they need me, I can be reached at the newspaper office.

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    We will all be lying in the front of a church or funeral home one day and I don’t want everyone wondering where my soul is. I don’t want them weeping for my loss. I want them having a Holy Ghost party and preaching the gospel to my family and friends.

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    Did any other parents spend the entire last week of summer trying to fit in a whole summer’s worth of activities?

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    Did any other parents spend the entire last week of summer trying to fit in a whole summer’s worth of activities? There were so many things that we wanted to do with our daughters before school started back and they all seemed to get put off until the very last minute.

    August 6, 2014

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    Another year of life has come and gone and as I wave goodbye to the 33rd year of my life, I warmly embrace the start of my 34th year of existence.
    I’ve often said that one shouldn’t be ashamed of their age; getting older sure beats the alternative.

    August 4, 2014

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    They say what goes in is what comes out. I’ve heard it said, “Garbage in, garbage out.” There’s a lot of truth to that statement right there.

    July 28, 2014

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    I was born the daughter of a fisherman. My dad was the pastor of a local church and the manager at various Jefferson County Waste Water Treatment plants, but anyone who knows him, knows he is a fisherman at heart.

    July 21, 2014

  • Danielle Cater: Making memories not that hard

    Do you spoil your kids? Do you spend enough on them? What really matters when it comes to the well-being of your children? These questions are real doozies and I think the answers vary according to the family.

    July 9, 2014

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    The caps and gowns are ordered, the invitations have been mailed. Checks are being written all across the country, it must be graduation time.

    May 29, 2014

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    I have officially seen it with my own eyes. I have witnessed it with my own life. Yes, I have seen a couple who has been married 60 years and still love each other. Even more than that, they still respect each other and still genuinely love to be around each other.

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