During this pandemic, I believe we are all just sick of staying inside and eating our own cooking. I think it is time for a change of scenery - even if that change just means a day or an afternoon away from our "normal."
I enjoyed a wonderful change of scenery yesterday. I drove from my home in Pittsburgh to a friend's camp in Andover, Ohio, just for the day. We bought Amish donuts and ate out for lunch. We went to Cherry Hill Amish Furniture and More, and looked around for at least an hour. (I even found beautiful new bedroom furniture I think I am going to order.) On the 2 hour drive up and back, I took two different routes. I had time to daydream a little, enjoy the scenery a little more, and to listen to music and sing aloud with the roof down and the windows up. (It was a little chilly.) I thought about some issues that have been bothering me, and just being away from home gave me just what I needed - a fresh perspective.
If you are feeling "stuck" right now, maybe it is time for you to have a day out by yourself or with loved ones, just for a change of scenery.
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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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org The website www.gradygetsglasses.com now has plush Grady bunnies for sale!
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