Wednesday, December 29, 2021

"Celebrate endings - for they precede new beginnings." Jonathan Lockwood Huie

                                                                 Country Living Magazine 

As I write this post, it is December 29 at 3:30 p.m.  I am reflecting on the things that happened this year - both the good and the bad.  I wished and prayed all year that the pandemic would be over, but that wish was not granted. The pandemic has been brutal to my book sales, which mostly depend on my giving lots of fun presentation and connecting with my audiences of college students and/or elementary students.  It is difficult to make a favorable impression from a website.

On the positive side, I have been feeling better this year than I have felt in about the last 6 years.  I have been struggling with some health issues, and I am not sure if it is the extra rest I got by staying at home, or that I had more time to take care of myself.  I played over 80 rounds of golf this year - the most I have played in about 10 years, and lowered my handicap back to a 12.

I like the introspection that happens at the end of the year.  I like thinking about my triumphs, and evaluating what I could have done better.  Beginning a new year is always exciting, because no one knows what this roller coaster called life will bring. 

I hope that you will celebrate the end of 2021, another year of the pandemic, and look forward to the new beginnings of your own life.  Let's be grateful for the gifts of the past, and prayerful for the gifts and trials of the future.  Happy New Year. 

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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