Wednesday, November 21, 2018

"When I started counting my blessings, my whole life turned around." Willie Nelson

Thanksgiving Day is almost here!  My top 5 reasons Thanksgiving is such a great holiday:

1.  Turkey and stuffing  are so delicious! 
2.  Thanksgiving makes us feel connected to our forebears.
3.  Thanksgiving brings families together, even if it is just for one day.
4.  No presents are required on Thanksgiving!
5.  Thanksgiving makes us pause to reflect on our blessings, and share our bounty with others.

A man in Massachusetts found a wonderful way to help others and to save them from eating alone (or not eating) on Thanksgiving, and he has been doing it for 33 years.  Here is the link to a remarkable and uplifting story.

I am closing with a quote from the man in this wonderful story, who has figured out how to make his world better.  "I think each of us are called to brighten a corner where we are and if everybody took care of their neighbor in their own neighborhood we'd have a much better world, Scott Macauley


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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