Wednesday, December 19, 2018

"Keep your Christmas-heart open all the year round." Jessica Archmint

Have you noticed that many people show more kindness during the Christmas season?  (I am not referring to the Black Friday shoppers who trample and run amok with carts!)  I mean the drivers who seem to be more generous about allowing a car to cut in the line of traffic, and the people who dig the change out of their pockets for the Salvation Army Santa.  I have enjoyed numerous positive encounters at the grocery store and post office as well.  Although many are in a hurry, the season of giving seems to nudge us and whisper "be kind." 

I have always loved the Christmas season -  not for the gifts, but for the way it makes one feel.  Magic is in the air, regardless of one's age, and seeing families and friends, with favorite foods and the act of giving, is so uplifting.  How I wish that all people could keep that Christmas feeling going for twelve months a year!  We would all be better and happier people if we could! 

A very Merry Christmas to all my reader friends!  May you enjoy the blessings of the season!  

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 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 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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