Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.

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Paperless Society?

Can you relate to this woman? I know I can!

There used to be lots of talk about becoming a paperless society, remember?  With online banking and bill paying, the ability to fill out forms online, and even filing taxes electronically, you’d think anything sort of paper document would be quite scarce these days.  I am here to tell you that paperless just isn’t happening!  At least not the world I live in.

On a weekly basis, I gather all sort of paper.  Receipts from  the carwash, the grocery store, the gas station, the drugstore and the library (the last one always gets me – since I know as a child, the librarian would simply stamp the due date in the book; no paper changed hands then!)  Besides receipts, I might collect the church bulletin, a plethora of reminders scribbled on yellow sticky notes, coupons, and business cards from the dentist or hair salon with appointments on them.  That would be quite enough, but then there is still the avalanche of paper that comes in the mail each day.  I still get plenty of paper bills, catalogs, flyers, and the usual junk.  Even more now that Gus’s name has been released to the college admissions offices.  That new wrinkle brings in an additional two or three bits of mail a day.

That’s just what I face.  Max isn’t safe from paper wrangling, either.  A peek in his backpack, which he does clean out regularly, will reveal assignments written out and scattered on loose notebook paper, worksheets, handouts, permission slips, order forms and the occasional invitation.  There is a surprising amount of paper tucked in there on a daily basis.  Indoctrination to the paper trail is well under way for middle-schoolers.

A paperless society?  Maybe in theory, but that is not my reality.

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2 Comments on “Paperless Society?”

  • Don Sakers March 31st, 2012 12:19 pm

    I’ve worked in the public library for nearly 40 years. There are two reasons we switched to receipts rather than stamping due dates on the books.

    1. Patrons wanted a list of everything they checked out in order to make sure they were returning everything (a book with the date stamped on it can slide under the bed and be completely forgotten).

    2. All those staffers who stamped the date on 10,000 books a month were getting repetitive stress injuries and costing taxpayers a mint in medical bills.

    Nowadays our circ system allows us to send a reminder email the day before materials are returned, so for our patrons with email the receipts are less necessary. But we still have lots of people without email, or who haven’t updated their email addresses, so receipts will be with us for a while yet.

    Incidentally, we continue to put blank stickers on the books, so if you want to write your due dates on the sticker and throw away the receipt, feel free. Just don’t blame us if one falls under your car seat and you forget about it for six weeks. :)

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