Friday, December 30, 2016

"You will never change your life until you change something you do daily." John Maxwell

With the approach of the new year comes the dreaded task of making resolutions.  I know they sound like a great idea, but I think the scope of some resolutions simply set us up for failure. I suggest that rather than create a mountain of unattainable resolutions, we choose to make one or two small resolutions, which can be done daily, to make the biggest impact on our lives.

People say things like, "My resolution is to lose 50 pounds."  The entire concept of losing 50 pounds is just too big to assume, thus forcing failure.  Instead, say, "My resolution is to do 10 minutes of exercise 3-5 days a week, and to increase it as I am able." This activity is doable, and the small 10 minute steps will lead to weight loss. 

I feel sorry for people who smoke and want to quit, as smoking is so expensive, so bad for a person's health,  and it seems to be so addictive. (I have never smoked.) Instead of a resolution to quit smoking, perhaps a more realistic decision would be to cut down the number of cigarettes smoked per week, or to smoke only in a specific place.  

Unlearning daily behaviors is difficult, for both children and adults.  I ask you to think carefully about your resolutions, and choose a resolution that is small enough to manage everyday, yet impactful enough that the resolutions will have a positive effect on your physical and mental health and wellness.  Small steps can lead to big successes.

Happy New Year, Friends! 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. Rittman Publishing, LLC ®

GRADY GETS GLASSES was the winner of Best New Children's Book 2016 from The Authors' Zone. For more information about The Authors' Zone, please visit  

Visit Dede's webpage 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 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! 

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  The website now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!

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