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Richard R. Davison (Ricky), Puddles of Ithaca

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Puddles of Ithaca – Richard R. Davison : Xlibris

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The home of the Guerlac family in Ithaca, New York.  It was the place of major neighborhood gatherings and fun for children and pets.  Puddles would follow little Ricky there and join Sophie (the Guerlac family’s poodle), and all the children from nearby homes would play all summer long.

Signing Autographs is Scary!

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Be ready!  When your first book is published (some of you have published before), be ready to shake, rattle and roll. 

What I am getting at is that when the first purchaser of your book, standing right in front of you, asks for your autograph, you might have your hands start to shake, like I had.

With me, it was the shock of it all.  I felt tremendously humbled and honored, but, at the same time, I was concerned that I might make a mistake in a name or it could be possible to mess up the recently printed libro.

One thing I did was to shift in my chair, plant my feet firmly on the floor, and write whatever special message was to be put with the name or names, and then I took the very fine point of the black pen and added my message.

You find that you value each book bought and each person or all the persons connected with that purchase. 

You want to know how they like the book after it is read and if they will buy the next one (s).

The friend who is like a family member, who bought the first two books and wanted my autograph, also gifted me with a set of permanent marker black pens just for signings. 

That was very special.

So, get ready, it is an awesome event when you are asked to sign.  Now you are a PUBLISHED BOOK AUTHOR.  It is very special.

Best regards and good luck!

Profile, Richard R. Davison, Puddles of Ithaca

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Richard Raymond Davison is a retired educator who has embarked on an exciting writing career. His first book is Puddles of Ithaca, published by Xlibris.com and illustrated by MikeMotz.com. It is a non-fiction storybook/picture book, about the wonderful relationship of a small boy (the author) and his beloved mixed-breed beagle dog. It takes place in an historic neighborhood, sixty plus years ago, on East Hill in Ithaca, New York. The neighborhood was surrounded by both Ithaca College and Cornell University buildings, students, professors, and the environment was outstanding. Mr. Davison is married to another educator, Dorinda Garcia Davison, and his children, Michele Davison Espinoza and Roxanne Davison Moreno, are very supportive of Mr. Davison’s writing endeavors. He has over one hundred freelanced articles published on the Internet with articlesbase.com and the Yahoo!Voices.com, Contributors Network. His studies include graduating from Ithaca High School, studying further at Ithaca’s Cascadilla Preparatory School, on the Cornell University campus, and then attending and graduating with degrees from the University of Tampa (BS, Education), the University of South Florida (MA, Gifted Education), and the University of Florida (Ed.S, Educational Leadership). He also studied with the Institute of Children’s Literature and the Nikon School of Photography. Mr. and Mrs. Davison met at the University of Tampa and married on the same day they graduated. They have four grandchildren: Mikayla Dorinda, Sebastian Alejandro, Manuel Ricardo and Nicholas Eduardo. They travel to Spain as often as they can to visit Mrs. Davison’s relatives and have visited Italy, the Greek islands, and Turkey. When they can they also like to visit places in the United States, and especially New York State, Georgia, North and South Carolina, Virginia and California.

Helping Other Writers and Authors

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We all know how important is to have been helped by other writers and authors.

Now, it is our turn to do the same thing.

How?

For starters, I always try to take the time to answer someone’s question when I come upon it, and after I decide if anything I contribute might in some way help.

When I freelance for Yahoo! Voices and do the same for articlesbase.com, I sometimes come across a very valid question and ‘give my two cents,’ so to speak, in what I try to have come across as a dignified and helpful answer.

There have been many times when I have been searching with google.com. that I have found both my name and my answer published someplace on the Internet, as if it is VERY important.

When that happens, it is a very warm feeling that fills my being, that not only did I answer the question, but maybe it helped many persons and not just one.

Don’t ask me how it got there, to have hundreds and maybe more see it.  It would be too difficult to find out about all the technology that brought it there.  However, a main point to mention is that one must be careful, be positive, and only answer questions when you know that your knowledge or experience could greatly help another person.

It is all ‘pay it forward,’ isn’t it?  It is helping others because others have helped US.

It is like in teaching; we never know how much we have influenced others for the better.

May we all help one another and stress QUALITY at all times! Was it General Electric that had the ad: ‘Quality is our most important product.’?

Lastly, I would like to mention that it is surprising sometimes to realize that each of us has come far and we DO know something good to share. 

Best regards!

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