Thursday, June 18, 2020

"Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Summer officially begins on Saturday, June 20 at 5:44 p.m. Like many others, I I have always loved summer, but his year, the approach of summer seems so different.  First, I can't imagine how summer is even here - since all of us were in the house for the entire spring season! And where I love in Pittsburgh, PA, county pools remain closed, and many team sports have been eliminated for the season.  The Pirates are not playing baseball, and the NHL hockey season never finished.  What a strange year!

2020 is a year like no other, and I hope like one that will never be again.  2020 has caused so much pain.  The raging fires in Australia began the year, followed by the pandemic, and now we hear of murder hornets, and we view the constant protests.  If any humans ever needed summer, this is the time. 

The corona virus does not fare well in hot weather, so it seems we are all holding our collective breath and hoping for some sense of normalcy this summer.

My hope for you is for rest, relaxation, and renewal - with friends, family, and loved ones.  I hope for less loneliness in the world and better communication, along with generous amounts of kindness, compassion, and understanding.  Our world is so sad right now - for lots of reasons - and I hope Summer can help to heal it's wounds. 

Here is the link about the Summer Solstice: 

Happy Summer, Friends! 

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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.  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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