Monday, January 17, 2022

"Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world." Howard Zinn



                                                                    VisionWorks 

So often in the Autism community, those who are non verbal or those that can't be understood, find themselves in difficulties that are through doing of their own.  That is why I was so happy to see that a local suburban police department in the North Hills of Pittsburgh is leading the way to create a database for those folks they might encounter who need help.  The Ross Township Police Department has announced a new initiative to help officers to aid citizens with autism or other special needs. The department is launching a database in which a person may be registered by a family member or caregiver.  They can include a phone number, address, picture, and more information that would help the police to identify and help the registered person.  The police will have immediate access to this database from their cars, so dealing with the person and helping them could be expedited much more quickly than if the police were trying to figure out who the person is. This database could even help to identify someone with Alzheimer's or dementia who has walked away from their home. 

I think this idea is one that is long overdue.  I had the sad experience of taking my late mother-in-law, who was non verbal because of Alzheimer's,  to the emergency room of a local hospital. The personnel there are just not trained to help someone who is nonverbal.  I was so glad that I was with her, and that she did not arrive by ambulance with no one who knew her or what might be wrong with her. When I was teaching for 37 years, I interceded on behalf of several students who were on the spectrum and non verbal.  Adults in the school who did not know their proclivities were not able to help them when they needed an advocate the most. I applaud the Ross Township Police Department for stepping up to help protect our vulnerable citizens, and I hope the idea of a local database for those with special needs will catch on in other police departments across the United States. This idea could help thousands of people. 

To see the television story about this topic, please click on this link. 

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2022/01/13/ross-township-database-autism-special-needs/


As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

"It is always too soon to quit." Rudy Ruettiger

 

                                                                        STRIVE 


I admit it. I am a sucker for all underdogs!  When the movie "Rudy" is on television, I have to watch it for at least a few minutes.  And what about that glorious  ending, when Rudy gets the chance to play the last few seconds of the game, to make the sack, and to fulfill his childhood and lifelong dream?  It is so exhilarating!  I love seeing the underdog win, and I smile and cry every time. "Rudy" will always be one of my favorite sports films.

I watched "Rudy" over Christmas vacation, and I believe that the lessons from this film can be inspirational to us all, especially in the bleakness of winter during a continuing pandemic. Regardless of the difficulty, physical or mental, Rudy does not give up.  Even when he does not know where he will be sleeping or where he will get his next meal, he stays the course of steering toward his dream. He will not quit.

Just like many others, I have a business, and the pandemic has been brutal.  I depend on sales from presenting my two books in person at schools and universities, and that has not happened in more than two years.  My accountant says "You should never quit a business during a pandemic," and so I stay.  It is difficult to keep working with no rewards, but I will not give up. Maybe the same is happening in your life right now, and maybe you need a little reminder that you can do it.  We are nearing the end of the pandemic, I can just feel it, and I hope and pray for it every day. Hold on to your dreams!  Hoping a little shared inspiration will help you to hang on.  "It is always too soon to quit." Rudy Ruettiger 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022

"A fresh start isn't a new place, it's a new mindset."

 


                                                                       
                                                                               Twenty

One of the best things about a new year is the idea of a fresh start.  Everyone has at least one thing they want to throw away from the previous year and never see again, and in this second year of the pandemic, my guess is that many folks want to throw away MANY things.

A fresh start means you have another chance; in fact, you can toss out the ideas that didn't work last year and focus on creating some new ones.  A fresh start means a new beginning, and new beginnings stir excitement. A fresh start means a clean slate is waiting for whatever you choose to do with it.

The new year has motivated me.  My book sales and business, like so many others, are sadly lacking sales because of the pandemic.  I rely on presenting in schools and colleges to sell my books and ideas, and no one is getting into those buildings right now, in some cases, not even the students!  I have been working on new ideas for getting my presence out to the world again, and I will not be deterred!  A two year break is long enough, and the pandemic can't last much longer (I hope). So, I have chosen a new mindset!  I am also going to work harder at doing more for others, and clearing our more "stuff" from my condo.  I started that at this time last year, and de-cluttering has made me feel so much better, that I am continuing the process. 

I wish you much success and happiness in the new year, and I hope you will create loving and beautiful memories. 

May you never forget what is worth remembering or remember what is best forgotten. Irish Proverb

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
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Wednesday, December 29, 2021

"Celebrate endings - for they precede new beginnings." Jonathan Lockwood Huie


                                                                 Country Living Magazine 


As I write this post, it is December 29 at 3:30 p.m.  I am reflecting on the things that happened this year - both the good and the bad.  I wished and prayed all year that the pandemic would be over, but that wish was not granted. The pandemic has been brutal to my book sales, which mostly depend on my giving lots of fun presentation and connecting with my audiences of college students and/or elementary students.  It is difficult to make a favorable impression from a website.

On the positive side, I have been feeling better this year than I have felt in about the last 6 years.  I have been struggling with some health issues, and I am not sure if it is the extra rest I got by staying at home, or that I had more time to take care of myself.  I played over 80 rounds of golf this year - the most I have played in about 10 years, and lowered my handicap back to a 12.

I like the introspection that happens at the end of the year.  I like thinking about my triumphs, and evaluating what I could have done better.  Beginning a new year is always exciting, because no one knows what this roller coaster called life will bring. 

I hope that you will celebrate the end of 2021, another year of the pandemic, and look forward to the new beginnings of your own life.  Let's be grateful for the gifts of the past, and prayerful for the gifts and trials of the future.  Happy New Year. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
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Tuesday, December 21, 2021

"There is incredible value in being of service to others." Elizabeth Berg, Author

 

                                                                        sistersisternyc.com 


For 35 years, I enjoyed teaching in the North Allegheny School District in southwestern Pennsylvania, just north of Pittsburgh.  North Allegheny is defined in so many ways by Excellence - through the talented staff, sports programs, student achievements, and numerous awards. In the past few years, The North Allegheny Foundation has created a NORTH ALLEGHENY DISTINGUISHED ALUMNI program, which honors graduates who have made a difference in the areas of: The Arts, Business, Community Service, Education, Government, Law, Medicine, Science, and Under 40 Young Alumni. The Foundation receives many nominations in all categories, and then the winner is chosen by a committee. 

I was pleased to nominate a man who was never my student, although I was teaching when he was in school. Jay Adzema, owner of Adzema Phamacy, in McCandless Township, north of Pittsburgh, has been my pharmacist since 1989.  Started in 1959, Jay's father founded the old-fashioned drugstore, which even has a lunch counter. Through the years, I watched as Jay went to bat for his customer friends, interceding with insurance companies to solve pricing errors. When COVID happened, Jay fought to get a supply of vaccines in his independent pharmacy, because most of the supply was going to large sites.  Many of his clientele  are elderly, and some lack transportation. Like a country doctor, Jay packed his Jeep with syringes and vaccines, and traveled to individual homes to vaccinate the shut-ins. Last winter, I saw Jay walk out of the pharmacy in his white coat to give an injection to a frail lady sitting in the passenger seat of a car.  It was zero degrees.  When I asked him about that particular situation, he shrugged and said, "That's what I do.  that's what my dad taught me."  Jay has made a little "Medicine Museum"  in the store, which features many old mortars and pestles, antique pill bottles, and more.  His customer friends have added to the collection, which everyone enjoys.  Because of the friendly atmosphere and the lunch counter, Adzema Pharmacy has become the town center of McCandless Township.  Going out to breakfast or lunch and meeting old friends at Adzema have become the reasons that many of the elderly patrons get out of bed. If McCandless Township were the town of Mayberry in "The Andy Griffith Show," Adzema Pharmacy would be Floyd's Barbershop, the most important place in town. By the way, Jay was just named as the winner in the Community Service category.

I tell you all of this because I think this program of awards is so important.  A public school education lays a great foundation for students, and if that education is a good one, the student learns a great amount of information, important values, a strong work ethic, and the importance of being a part of a community - whether that community be local or the entire field of law, science, business, the arts, or medicine.  Once again, North Allegheny School District leads the way in recognizing excellence in its graduates.  If your school district does not have a similar program, l strongly urge you to create one.  A yearly event of honoring distinguished alumni brings the entire school community together, and it inspires so many. 

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Dede

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
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Tuesday, December 14, 2021

"All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual." Albert Einstein

 

                                                                             AZ Quotes 


During my 37 years in the classroom, form 1974-2011, the practice of mainstreaming students with different abilities happened in 1990.  Suddenly, teachers with no real training for how to deal with students with different abilities were thrown together with them.  I can remember many of my friends panicking, but my philosophy was that if you love kids and treat them with respect, and if you do what is best for the students, everything will work out.  I loved my special needs students for all the years I taught school.

I saw an interesting story on TV about a farm in Frankfurt, Illinois, that is teaching people with special needs ages 14 and up about farming.  The Navarro Farm owners have a 17 year old son named Carter who has Down's.  These folks recognize that as people this age are phased out of school and after school programs, their ability to interact with others socially, as well as to get out and contribute to society, is severely limited.  The parents know that their son, along with others, need a sense of purpose -  to make a difference, and to contribute to the well-being of others - so they turned their farm into a non-profit.  As of July, they began teaching people 14 and older with Down's all about farming.  They learn about fruit trees, vegetables, and animals.  They learn about planting and harvesting. All of the produce is sold at a roadside stand called CARTER'S CORNER FARM STAND, with monies returning to keep the farm and the educational programs going.  Just since July, they have served 85 individuals with Down's, introducing them to the wonderful world of farming. 

I remember parents of my students worrying about what would happen to their children when the school years would be finished. Our society does not do much for inclusion for some groups, and this program fills that void.  The Navarro Farm also has fun social programs for their group, including a visit with Santa just last week. 

I love the idea of this farm!  Participants learn to contribute, and to become a part of something larger than themselves.  They know the work they have put in to contribute to the greater good, which gives them a positive feeling that they are doing something valuable This is a huge win/win for everyone.  

To see this amazing story, please click on the link below: 

https://video.foxnews.com/v/6286457760001#sp=show-clips 


As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at GradyGetsGlasses@gmail.com

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at DedeRittman@gmail.com

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 and 2018 (new edition) from The Authors' Zone. Grady also won a 2018 prestigious Moonbeam Award for Best Children's Book with Merchandise.


Visit Dede's web page for complete details on her award-winning book, STUDENT TEACHING: THE INSIDE SCOOP FROM A MASTER TEACHER. Many colleges have made the book required readingSigned copies are available  www.dederittman.com Dede is also a national speaker on The Three C's for Classroom success: Confidence, communication, and Creativity; Avoiding Teacher burnout; and many other inspirational topics. 


I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

Elementary teachers in Western Pennsylvania and beyond - I am willing to come into your classroom in person or as a virtual field trip through a group called Field Trip Zoom.  Check them out!  http://www.fieldtripzoom.com/ 

Teacher friends- let me know if you want me to read GRADY GETS GLASSES at your school. I am willing to come in to discuss the creative writing process, why writing is important, and personal fulfillment through writing, along with reading my book.  I would appreciate the exposure, and I would make signed copies available for purchase in your classrooms following the reading.  Please email me at dederittman@gmail.com  The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. https://www.facebook.com/gradygetsglasses?ref=hl 

Connect with Dede!

Twitter       @dederittman
Facebook   Dede Faltot Rittman or Rittman Rules
LinkedIn   Dede Rittman
Google +   Dede Rittman
Tumblr      The Bunny Teacher
Instagram   GradyGetsGlasses
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Monday, December 6, 2021

"Community is much more than belonging to something; it's about doing something together that makes belonging matter." Brian Solis


                                                                        Brian Solis 

I believe that more than anything else in our society, people yearn for a sense of community.  For many, the need to "belong" is as strong a a need as food and water. The desire to be an accepted part of a community is what prompts stress for students going to the first day of school, for adults entering a new job, and for anyone moving into a new apartment or plan.  For many without family connections, "gangs" become their sense of community.  

When we find our communities and are comfortable, we do not want those communities to change.  Such is the story from Steve Hartman of CBS this week.  

A general store called  "Dan and Whit's" has been a part of Norwich, Vermont, for over a hundred years.  In fact, the store was started by the current owner's grandfather.  Sadly, the owned, Dan Frazier, could get no workers, so the store was in danger of closing.  When the community heard this news, dozens of retired and working folks applied for jobs, just to keep the store open.  Why?  They all answered that question with the same words: "The store is the heart of this town."  They saw and realized the value of belonging, and they recognized the importance of doing something together to make that belonging matter.  A retired doctor, a teacher, a therapist, a school principal, and many others are volunteering their time to keep the heart of the town up and running for all to enjoy.  If you have not seen the story, here is the link.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmzOseoKNEE This story is so perfect for the Christmas season.

I hope you have found your community in this season of light. 

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I LOVE writing. And I love writing children's books- my newest passion. Although it will be a ton of work, I am looking forward to selling my books.  Since I was a secondary teacher, I know that I have much to learn about elementary students, and I will have to follow my own advice and be my genuine self.  However, I also know that I am passionate about helping kids who have to wear glasses, and that GRADY GETS GLASSES sends a positive message. I am willing to work hard and do all the things that also made me a successful teacher for 37
years. I remain inspired! 

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