Wednesday, January 12, 2022

"It is always too soon to quit." Rudy Ruettiger



I admit it. I am a sucker for all underdogs!  When the movie "Rudy" is on television, I have to watch it for at least a few minutes.  And what about that glorious  ending, when Rudy gets the chance to play the last few seconds of the game, to make the sack, and to fulfill his childhood and lifelong dream?  It is so exhilarating!  I love seeing the underdog win, and I smile and cry every time. "Rudy" will always be one of my favorite sports films.

I watched "Rudy" over Christmas vacation, and I believe that the lessons from this film can be inspirational to us all, especially in the bleakness of winter during a continuing pandemic. Regardless of the difficulty, physical or mental, Rudy does not give up.  Even when he does not know where he will be sleeping or where he will get his next meal, he stays the course of steering toward his dream. He will not quit.

Just like many others, I have a business, and the pandemic has been brutal.  I depend on sales from presenting my two books in person at schools and universities, and that has not happened in more than two years.  My accountant says "You should never quit a business during a pandemic," and so I stay.  It is difficult to keep working with no rewards, but I will not give up. Maybe the same is happening in your life right now, and maybe you need a little reminder that you can do it.  We are nearing the end of the pandemic, I can just feel it, and I hope and pray for it every day. Hold on to your dreams!  Hoping a little shared inspiration will help you to hang on.  "It is always too soon to quit." Rudy Ruettiger 

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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!
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