Friday, December 4, 2020

"Ah! There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort." Jane Austen


The first major snowfall of the winter happened Tuesday in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area.  The snow came down steadily for almost 20 hours, and when it finished, my neighborhood was covered in an 8 inch blanket of pristine snow.  I enjoyed decorating my house for Christmas while watching the gentle snow fall. Such pure and pristine beauty. 

In this strange year of the pandemic, I have noticed that Christmas decorations around town have appeared rather early this year.  I have been reflecting that so many people are so sad, and many people enjoy the beauty of Christmas, so they just had to start early to lift themselves up.  Turns out, I was correct.  I heard a report on the news that sales of live Christmas trees are through the roof, and decorations are flying off shelves.  The report said that people needed something to be happy about, so Christmas and all of its decorating were starting earlier this year. 

In these troubling times, with more Covid 19 cases every day, I think people should pursue what makes them both safe and happy. 

Hoping you are basking in your own decorations and staying comfortable.

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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 or we will come into YOUR classroom via  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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