Wednesday, April 18, 2018

"At the end of your life . . .you will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent." Barbara Bush

Barbara Bush died on April 17, 2018.  The matriarch of the Bush clan, she is one of only two women who were married to the President and then had a son who became President,  Abigail Adams being the other.

I have long been a big fan of Barbara Bush.  I felt that she was the most authentic of the First Ladies I have known in my lifetime. True to herself, she spoke her mind, and she gave tough love to her family and those around her. Her self-deprecating humor and quick wit made her my favorite.  First the nation's mom, and then the nation's grandmother, she became the conscience of those she knew. The news reports are full of the positive influence she had on others.

As an English teacher, I loved her platform as First Lady.  Mrs. Bush wanted to promote Literacy, a goal that was deceivingly so simple, yet so fundamentally right, since all of a person's success depends on his ability to read. Always a woman to encourage others, the many videos of her reading aloud to children shows her purpose and devotion to her cause.

The United States lost a great lady yesterday.  God speed, Mrs. Bush, and thank you for your lessons about honor and honesty, service to country, and your dazzling authenticity. Thank you for making Literacy a priority. Thank you for speaking out about love and devotion to family. Thank you for showing the world what true love looks like in your long and enduring marriage to President Bush, 41. You will be missed. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions. 

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Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with a group called Field Trip Zoom.  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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