Wednesday, May 13, 2020

"To be doing good deeds is man's most glorious task." Sophocles

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The pandemic is wearing on all of us, and perhaps because I am a widow and live alone, I am getting worn down.  This past Tuesday morning, Pittsburgh was very cold, but very sunny, and I decided that it would be my "good deed" day.  I ordered selected breads from Breadworks, picked it up, and started my journey.  I delivered favorite breads to a few friends from church who live 30 miles away from me; I delivered magazines to a friend who has mobility challenges; I filled the free little pantry in Tarentum with pasta and mac and cheese and corn muffin mixes and cans of pineapple; and I delivered a whole bag of old family pictures to a friend who did not even know I had them.  (This was all done with appropriate physical distancing.)  It was a wonderful day for me and for them!  

It felt good to make others so happy, and I was reminded again of what my mother used to say to me.  "When you are feeling down, the best thing to do to feel better is to do something for someone else."  She was right again, and as I think back on low times in my life when I practiced this adage, this action has never failed me.

So many of our friends are feeling depressed after 50+ days of isolation.  We miss seeing our friends, going to church, hugging our extended families, and eating out.  We miss going to work the "old way."  Teachers miss their students, and students miss their teachers. May I suggest that making a phone call, a personal visit at over 6 feet away, seated in a driveway, or baking a cake or pie for someone who is suffering will also lift your spirits!  No one knows how long this will continue, so we must find our own ways of sharing happy moments during these long periods of isolation.

I hope you are doing well.  I would love to hear from you. 

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

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.  and a company called 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 web page 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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