CHICAGO – Chicago humorist and attorney Dave Heilmann’s new book Home School Hell with Saint Corona Up to Bat is exactly what every parent in this country needs right now: the time to laugh.
It’s 70 days of remote school suffering, 30 more than Jesus spent in the desert. But it’s also a poignant journey shared through the eyes of a man who recently lost his 43-year-old wife, leaving him with four young children to raise…and how they now face mandated home school (bliss?) in the time of Covid-19. Amidst several humorous adventures, in between the laughs is a heartfelt letter to his wife Erica, telling her what’s happened here on Earth; how in 2020 when everything stopped, we were given a better chance to clearly see what matters most. Home School Hell is a must read for parents, but truly is an inspiring and heartening read for all.
Dave speaks to the importance of seeing and using humor in the serious and anxious times in our lives. In a recent presentation on the Amazon Prime series SpeakUP called “Humor on Trial,” Dave notes that simultaneously as stress is at its highest ever in this country, there has been a convergence of medicine, business, education and science around the value of humor to our health, workplace culture, and ability to communicate effectively: that’s from experts at the Mayo Clinic, NASA, Oxford and Stanford Universities.
Dave’s tremendous gift of humor shines throughout this new book. His ability to find humor even in challenging times largely contributes to carrying him and his children through their grief, which was greatly compounded greatly by the pandemic.
In addition to his work as a labor and employment attorney, Dave is a founding member of the unique corporate organization The Headliners Consultants, who provide uniquely entertaining communications training through humor, music and education He is also a former mayor of Oak Lawn, Illinois, has several years of theatre and professional improvisation experience, and is a former on-camera and voiceover actor.
However, in the pages of Home School Hell, you’ll soon realize that Dave’s most treasured role in life is that of a father. The book will warm your heart and give you the courage to keep going, even in the face of your biggest challenges. Finding strength of character you may never have known you possessed until you’re in the thick of things is enhanced when we’re willing to see the humor, even in the hardest situations. Take it from Dave; he’s a shining example of doing exactly that.