Keeping track of all 365 days of the year

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 9, 2016

I am not going to lie. As much I have complained about today’s technology, there are many aspects of it I am enjoying.

For instance, if I do not have time to jot down the list of ingredients for a recipe, all I need do is take a screen shot of it with my cell phone, and instantly I have all the info I need while perusing the aisles of the grocer.

Need to find directions to an unfamiliar location?  Just ask Siri, and she is more than happy to get me there one turn at a time.

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The best and my all-time favorite cannot-live-without piece of technology is TiVo. With its recording device, I do not have to miss one minute of the “Today Show” even if I sleep past 7 a.m.

The perks of living in the 21st century are amazing, and I am truly thankful for those who have developed the equipment that has made my life easier.

However, that is not to say there are still a few items I am not yet ready to throw away. One of those is my desk calendar.

The powers-that-be at the Vicksburg Post have decided they are no longer going to supply employees with a desk calendar since we all have access to Google Calendar on our desk-top computers.

This is just totally unacceptable for me, and make no mistake, I tried in earnest to make my case loudly! The higher-ups know exactly how I feel, especially since I had a small controlled rant with them.  Unfortunately, they did not budge on their decision.

I just do not get it. Do they not understand the importance of a hard copy calendar, the doodles drawn around important dates, crossed-off days of the week, and for goodness sake the ability to save scribbled information?

When my children were younger, a calendar was essential.

I can remember for several years I used different colored markers to denote each one of my four little ones’ busy schedules. I am quite certain, without it, my life would have been a disorganized mess.

I need a calendar to help me plan for future appointments, but not one that everyone else in the office will have the ability to access.  Quite frankly, I really do not think they want to know my every move, and certainly I do not need to know their every move.

So what is a girl to do if changes are being made, and she refuses to adjust?

Yep, that is right. I went to Wal-Mart and bought a calendar. I even purchased one that has floral graphics on it. I thought I deserved a pretty one after all I had gone through to try and get a freebie.

It felt so empowering to place it on my desk. I felt like I had defied authority, yet I am pretty certain all my boss felt was a sigh of relief.

He would no longer have to hear me complain.

Terri Frazier is a staff reporter for The Vicksburg Post. You may reach her at terri.frazier at

About Terri Cowart Frazier

Terri Frazier was born in Cleveland. Shortly afterward, the family moved to Vicksburg. She is a part-time reporter at The Vicksburg Post and is the editor of the Vicksburg Living Magazine, which has been awarded First Place by the Mississippi Press Association. She has also been the recipient of a First Place award in the MPA’s Better Newspaper Contest’s editorial division for the “Best Feature Story.”

Terri graduated from Warren Central High School and Mississippi State University where she received a bachelor’s degree in communications with an emphasis in public relations.

Prior to coming to work at The Post a little more than 10 years ago, she did some freelancing at the Jackson Free Press. But for most of her life, she enjoyed being a full-time stay at home mom.

Terri is a member of the Crawford Street United Methodist Church. She is a lifetime member of the Vicksburg Junior Auxiliary and is a past member of the Sampler Antique Club and Town and Country Garden Club. She is married to Dr. Walter Frazier.

“From staying informed with local governmental issues to hearing the stories of its people, a hometown newspaper is vital to a community. I have felt privileged to be part of a dedicated team at The Post throughout my tenure and hope that with theirs and with local support, I will be able to continue to grow and hone in on my skills as I help share the stories in Vicksburg. When asked what I like most about my job, my answer is always ‘the people.’

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