North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL


May 8, 2013

Danielle Cater: Judge by character, not by skin tone

COMMENTARY — Let’s tackle a tough issue this week. Let’s talk about race. A song I use to be quite fond of during high school said, “Pardon me, your epidermis is showing, sir. I couldn’t help but note your shade of melanin.” And that just about sums up how most people look at the race issue. We feel as though others, or ourselves, need to apologize for the color of their skin. If you didn’t choose your skin color, then I suppose that an omnipotent God decided to bless you with the color you were poured into and you should probably be quite happy with the skin you are in.

If you look around our local communities, you will be blessed to see people of all races. There are black, white, Asian, Hispanic and Indians all right here at our back door.

Last week we had a missionary from India come and stay with our family for a few weeks, and it is always a treat to learn from different cultures. He even prepared an authentic Indian dinner one night and we ate with our fingers just like they do in India. Of course, this only lasted about 10 minutes for me because I’d rather get to the food than enjoy the culture.

But one thing that I did notice about having someone from India on board with the weekly activities is that people really don’t seem very racist around here. Everyone acted like it was no big deal to be waiting on or serving an Indian who speaks broken English and is clearly out of his element.

When we took Suresh, our Indian friend, to the Sno Shack, the elderly gentleman who runs the joint made a quick point to talk with Suresh about a friend of his from India. It seems like instead of trying to alienate the foreigner, people tried very hard to identify with him and find a common thread so that they could get to know him better. I feel like this is probably what we have really struggled for in the issue of race. Not that people would be set apart because of the color of their skin, but that they would be accepted for who they are instead of what they look like.

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    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

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    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

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    Dec. 29, 2013 has come and gone, and for many people it held no lasting significance. But for me, it marked the first anniversary of marriage to my amazing husband.

    January 9, 2014