It’s time to get ready for my Jewish Book Festival tour. Take a look at my event schedule below and see if I’ll be in your area. Feel free to forward this to others who may want to hear me speak.
EVENT SCHEDULE:(Times and locations subject to change)
Feel free to email me to confirm times. Some of these events do charge an admission, please call the numbers below to learn more.
November 7th Acton, MA 6:15 p.m. Acton, MA Jewish Book Festival – Congregation Beth Elohim, Acton, MA 978-263-3061
November 8th Davie, FL 7:30 p.m. Jewish Book Festival- Presentation followed by book signing at Jewish Book Festival (David Posnack Jewish Community Center, 5850 S. Pine Island Rd.; 954-434-0499; www.dpjcc.org)
November 13th San Diego, CA 3:00 p.m. San Diego Jewish Book Festival- Lawrence Family JCC, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla CA 92037. (858) 457-3030
November 15th San Antonio, TX 7:30 p.m. San Antonio Jewish Book Festival- Barshop Jewish Community Center, 12500 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX 78231
November 16th Atlanta, GA 6:30 p.m. Atlanta Jewish Book Festival – Zaban Jewish Community Center 5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody, GA 30338, 770-396-3250
December 4th Richmond, VA 3:00 p.m. Richmond Jewish Book Festival- Weinstein JCC(804) 545-8607
I look forward to seeing you on the road!
What an honor it was to give a presentation to the educators at the National Tourette Syndrome Conference of Canada! My presentation was on “Making A Difference One Day At A Time!” My goal was to educate teachers about TS and what a difference they truly make each day in the classroom.
I reminded them that each day they get to make a choice…… Are they going to focus on the weaknesses of the children or the strengths? It is my hope that they will focus on the strengths of the child. I want them to look at the positive things kids do, not all the negative. After my hour and a half presentation, they were eager to read my book!
Montreal was amazing! The French culture just made the experience that much better for me and Nancy. The conference was great and the people attending were a delight to get to know. Pictured above are Leonard Misner and Rick Fowler, author of The Unwelcome Companion.
You’ll also see that I had a chance to enjoy some delicious Pumpkin Soup in a real pumpkin bowl.
It was time to give a presentation to people in my own community with the Tourette Syndrome Association of Georgia. I gave a presentation on “Overcoming Obstacles and Winning the Game of Life.” It was my goal to give strategies to children, parents, and educators about how to make life easier for kids with TS. It all begins with a POSITIVE ATTITUDE!
Barnes and Noble in Kennesaw, GA hosted an Educator’s Night at their store. This was an opportunity for teachers to come out and buy books for their classroom with a nice discount. When they arrived, they got a chance to meet me and learn about my book.
As you see in the pictures, I had some fans come visit too. First, Alan was in town from St. Louis and the other picture is Heather’s Family. I speak about Heather in my book. She was in my class my first year of teaching.
My goal during this presentation was to first, educate them about what Tourette Syndrome is.
Awareness must be the first step.
Second, I focused on my story, showing them that it is possible for someone with a disability to overcome the challenges that are placed in front of them.
Third, I wanted them to realize that all it take is for ONE person to believe in that child. So many times in the classroom, the teachers focus on the weaknesses of that child. It is my hope that nurses will help play a vital role in the life of a child with TS or any other disability because they can give them those positive experiences and words of encouragement that they may need.
I remember my middle school nurse allowing me to eat lunch in her room rather than eating in the cafeteria with the bullies of the school. She made a difference in my life, now I hope that nurses today can make a difference in some of their students lives.
This was by far the highlight of all my travels so far! Dreams do come true! And that is exactly what happened when I got to Cooperstown! I finally got a chance to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame! I now see why so many people have not been to this small town. It is in the middle of nowhere!
I was invited up by the Baseball Hall of Fame for their Special Abilities Weekend. I gave 2 presentations, had 1 book signing, and I led a “Mascot School” for the Sandlot Club, a kids club that does different activities throughout the year for the kids. Since I was the mascot for the Atlanta Braves Baseball Team, they thought it would be fun if I taught the kids how to be a mascot. It was great! I taught them the rules, told them some of my secret tricks and then we tried on a few mascot uniforms that the Hall of Fame provided so the kids could get some real hands on experiences. They loved it!
Overall, the entire experience was amazing!
Charleston was a great trip as a did a presentation for the Tourette Syndrome Association of South Carolina at the Medical University of South Carolina(MUSC). Then we headed over to Barnes and Noble in Mt. Pleasant for a 7 p.m. book signing. There was a lot of traffic with some familiar faces who showed up. It was a mini reunion for Nancy as she saw many people from Charleston that she knew. A big thank you to Richard Todd from WTMA 1250-AM “News Talk” radio. We had a 15-minute interview to promote the book and the events.