Wednesday, May 26, 2021

"There are three ways to ultimate success. The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind." Fred Rogers



Fred Rogers has long been one of Pennsylvania's most beloved people.  His influence in Education and helping children grow up cannot be measured.  Mr. Rogers helped millions of children grapple with concepts that are difficult for some adults - dealing with death and divorce,  sharing with others, and learning to cope with feelings of anger and anxiety.  Fred Rogers is a true hero.

Pennsylvania has enacted a day of kindness named for Fred Rogers, with May 25 being named 143 Day, which is a day of kindness and love.    Mr. Rogers used the numbers 143 to connote the letters of "I LOVE YOU."  If you have seen the films about Mr. Rogers, you know that 143 was also his weight, appropriately enough, so it seems the man was living his legacy.  (Here is the link to the Pennsylvania site

I believe this world of ours needs more love and kindness, and I would like to see May 25, the 143rd day of the year, a national holiday.  I am not alone!  While writing this article, I came across an article from TIME that agrees with me!

I think our world is sorely in need of more of a focus on good things, rather than all the negative news we see on television every day.  Fred Rogers is the embodiment of so many good things, that Pennsylvania needs to share 143 day with the world. 

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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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