Friday, January 25, 2008

A Minute till Nine

Posted By on Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 5:06 PM

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These days, my Monday through Friday mornings typically follow the same pattern each day. Jump out of bed at least ten minutes too late, find the least-wrinkled clean clothing closest at hand, knot my hair into what I pretend is an intellectual/indie librarian look and wash my face. I feed my puppy, rush him the dog park for ten minutes, come home, make some toast (and coffee if I’m lucky to have the time) grab a fistful of vitamins, kiss the boyfriend who still hasn’t opened his eyes, and run out the door to work, arms flailing and scarf flapping behind me as I scramble to make sure I’ve got everything I need for the day in my oversized bag.

And if I’ve got my act together, I might just jump into the car with enough time to catch the morning news on NPR. Oh, how I heart NPR. Every night I vow anew to get up early enough to actually catch the programming part of the station. But I never quite make it.

However, there’s one thing I always manage to catch, as I’m careening down esplanade in my jalopy at a break-neck 50 mph pace while applying makeup and trying not to hit anyone or anything, and that’s the Louisiana Rebuilds Minute with Chris…I think the last name is Reed? Brought to you by Carrollton Technology Partners and the Louisiana Rebuilds.info Web site

Each morning at one minute till nine, I think his name is Chris, comes on the air to impart a little golden nugget of helpful and interesting information regarding businesses, homes, schools, etc. in Louisiana. The information of the day is always compelling and smart, yet simple and helpful. I finally remembered to check out the Web site today, and found that it is indeed a treasure trove of information on all sorts of things, from neighborhood/community info, housing, education and childcare, health care and jobs. So if you’re like me and you don’t quite catch the news in time, and you even miss this one-minute sliver of info, which is easy to do because it’s only one minute, check out the site.

Some of the most recent topics include How to Fight a Bad Lien, Road Home Policy Changes, a Contractor Rating System, and information on Home-Buying Grants for Teachers. To be clear, they are not associated with the Road Home. Apparently some people get confused about that.

As the Web site indicates, “Louisiana Rebuilds is an independent Web site established by a collective of stakeholders from various backgrounds including business, non-profit, philanthropy and government to help hurricane-affected residents get timely recovery information to rebuild their lives.” Check out this recent letter from the web site’s editor, Debra Cotton, on what to look for in the weeks ahead at the site.

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