Friday, October 1, 2021

"Autumn, the season that teaches us, that change, can be beautiful." Heather Stillufsen

                                                             Heather Stillufsen, Autumn Quotes 

Like millions of others, I am a huge fan of the month of October.  After the oppressive heat and humidity of the summer months, the crispness of the air, the rich hues of the leaves, and the shortness of the days signal that a more serious season has arrived.  The frivolity and beautiful nonsense of the summer has dissipated, and real grown-up life has taken its place, at a much lower temperature! When I was teaching for those 37 years, October 1 was a serious date, as about half of the first 9 weeks was through, and the end of the first grading period would soon end.  Students were accustomed to their schedules and teachers by October 1, and their school tasks were before them to complete.  Yes, I think October helps us to work at our objectives and tackle the work we must do.

Please do not think that my love for October means I am looking forward to winter!  In southwestern Pennsylvania,  there is no prettier month than October.

I hoe an October frame of mind helps you, my readers, to enjoy and embrace the change in the rhythm of life, and to be all that you can be. 

As always, I welcome your comments and suggestionsRittman Publishing, LLC ®

Please invite GRADY GETS GLASSES (and me) into your school, in person, or on Zoom. Email us at

I do college and university presentations for student teachers with my practical "Dede's Three C's for Classroom Success: Confidence, Communication, and Creativity" in person or via Zoom. Please email me at

Please invite Grady Gets Glasses (and me) into your school.  if you are not in the Pittsburgh area, we do virtual field trips with groups called Field Trip Zoom and Streamable learning . We will come into YOUR classroom via ZOOM. 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!
 Please like Dede's new page Grady Gets Glasses for updates about her children's book. 

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