2005 Anticrastination Tip Sheet
What's the opposite of Procrastination?
THE ANTICRASTINATION TIP SHEET
An Idea and Tip Sheet to Blast Away the
From Rita Emmett
Quote For September:
This poem was sent to me by Ann Handley of New Zealand after the
terrorist attack on September 11, 2001
And this for comfort thou must know;
Times that are ill won't still be so;
Clouds won't forever pour down rain;
A sullen day will clear again.
Message From Rita
New Orleans - One Person's Story
As I watch the heartbreaking news of loss and suffering along the Gulf
Coast of the US, all thoughts of procrastination are set aside today.
Instead, my mind is on a story of need that is more important. The
tragedy and devastation created by Hurricane Katrina leaves many of us
wishing there was SOMETHING we could do to help. Here is one person's
story and an opportunity to help.
My friend Melissa was born and raised in New Orleans, and her parents
and extended family all live there. Recently, Melissa, her husband, and
children moved to a beautiful new house in Metarie, LA, which is one of
the cities near New Orleans hardest hit by the flood.
Her 23-month-old daughter was scheduled for brain surgery in New Orleans
August 31, last Wednesday, but the hospital has been without electricity
since August 29.
Melissa and her family are among 9 people who moved in with some distant
relatives in Texas. She's trying to keep 23-month-old twins from tearing
up the house and disturbing others who are taking refuge there. Her new
house in Metarie is possibly under water, her husband's businesses in
New Orleans are flooded and they will generate no income until the
businesses are back in operation.
Meantime, she fears her baby is living on borrowed time. A plate in her
head protrudes a bit under the skin, and the slightest fall can be
devastating. Of course, having a twin brother doesn't help - the babies
are either conking each other or pushing each other all day long.
Melissa's mind & heart are not peaceful and she asks for prayers. She is
usually the "rock" of the family, and she feels as if she is running out
of her supply of inner strength..
They left with 3 days worth of clothes for each family member including
the kids because they thought that's how long they'd be gone. Now they
think -- IF their house is still standing --- they won't be able to move
back for months.
They don't know what the next few days, weeks or months will be for
Melissa has some major decisions to make (For example: does she go for a
consult with doctors she doesn't know in Texas - starting all over, with
no medical records for her daughter? Does she wait until the New Orleans
hospital is up and running again? How long can she wait?)
She would love once in a while to get the babies out of the house, put
them in a stroller and go for a walk to clear her head and help her
think. However, who packs up a stroller when you think you are leaving
for only 3 days? They brought nothing like that with them.
What can you do? They especially need two things: First, if you live in
the Houston area, can you help her track down some one or some place
where she can borrow a twin stroller, and several other items for twins?
If you can help, feel free to contact me via email or phone
(847-699-9950). Second and most important, please pray. Melissa cannot
wrap her mind around all that has happened to her beloved New Orleans,
yet she has to start thinking clearly and make major decisions.
Our hearts and prayers are with this family, and everyone touched by the
devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
Do you live in the Chicago area? Want to meet Rita in person?
She will present a mini-seminar and book signing on
Saturday, Oct 8 at 3pm at Barnes & Noble
1441 West Webster, Chicago, IL 60614
for directions call:
Katey Schwartz - Barnes & Noble - 773-871-3825
And here's another opportunity; a Seminar and book signing on
Monday, Oct 24 at 7pm at Morton Grove Public Library
6140 Lincoln Ave, Morton Grove, Il
for directions call
Nancy Brothers at 847-929-5122
Our CLUTTER SERIES TELESEMINARS were a big hit. We all had fun on our
telephone classes, and the group even set up an email support group and
a "Reunion" phone call after the series ended.
During the 4 sessions, we covered 1) getting started; 2) sentimental
clutter; 3) paper clutter and 4) stealth clutter (you know, that stuff
that keeps creeping back after you've de-cluttered).
Something strange and amazing has happened to my low tech husband. He
recorded all 4 classes, and magically put them on 4 CDs. And this time,
we don't think the CDs will be blank and silent as they've been in the
If you think the 4 teleclasses sound fantastic, and wish you had
participated, here's your chance to catch up.
You can buy the set of 4 CDs for only $59. Go to our web site
www.RitaEmmett.com and you'll
find the CDs on the first page.