Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A Day Planner Is Better Than a Computer at Keeping My Life on My Schedule ; THE RAVEN LUNATIC

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

A Day Planner Is Better Than a Computer at Keeping My Life on My Schedule ; THE RAVEN LUNATIC

Article excerpt

Call me an old-fashioned girl. Though I work in a "virtual" world most of the time, I still have an affinity for paper. I come from a long line of organized people. My grandfather Carl Enz managed his schedule with a faux red leather book, a type still sold today at office supply stores. I have his book from the year I arrived, filled with notations about farm visits, grain prices and church activities.

My father Bill McVay, age 82 is busier than most people decades younger. He still manages his schedule with his famous "little black book." It's not that kind of little black book, rather a gift from a farm elevator or farm organization. Dad's miserable handwriting - that only he can decipher - scrawls his multiple volunteer activities across the pages.

Last week I experienced the joy of purchasing my son's first Day- timer.

Imagine the glow in his eyes! (Note: I am speaking with sarcasm that only a mother could love.)

While my husband fiddled in the computer department of the office supply store, my son and I stood in the planner section, weighing the benefits of different brands.

I talked to him about the "good old days" when employers purchased a yearly planner and pages for employees, and the first one often had one's name engraved on the cover. That expense has gone the way of the fixed pension plan.

For me, even though I have to use a VoIP phone for work, use multiple content management systems, and frequently Skype with clients, I cannot seem to get used to the idea of managing my schedule on computer.

Last week through a writer's co-op I completed an assignment, a news release for a physician in Norway who was writing a book about women's heart disease. We communicated through the co-op's server in the "cloud" that fancy term which means either "in the ether" or "purgatory." I'm not hon estly sure. …

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