Sunday, March 26, 2017

"Children have a way of forcing you back into the present moment." Lorna Luft

You have undoubtedly seen the television clip last week- the one where a 3 year old girl swiped the cap right off the Pope's head as he gave her a kiss.  If not, take a quick look- here is the link!   Something about the little girl's delight in reaching for the hat was so charming, so childlike, and so innocent, that all of the adults just had to laugh, including the Pope himself! Children are so genuine, and they live in the moment.  This is an important lesson adults can learn from children

Adults are so preoccupied with what happened (the past) and what might happen (the future), that there is very little time left to focus on right NOW.  Kids are not like that.  When they are playing baseball, they are engrossed in the baseball game, and when they move on to eating ice cream and riding bikes, those activities are their focus.  They really enjoy the NOW.

I encourage all of my readers to think more about the present.  Yesterday is over, and tomorrow is not in our control.  The only time we really have is NOW. Be more like a child! I know that I am going to try harder to do this!  

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

You can find many strategies for teaching in Dede's book. 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 or on Amazon at 

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! 

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  

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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