About Diana-dmbn
Joined July 2013
My name is Diana; born under the sign of Scorpio with Aquarius Rising, I am entering into one of my most creative, reflective phases of my life's journey so far. I love Michigan summer nights and thunderstorms; I love every song off Bob Seger's "Night Moves" album, and I feel one with the Universe when I'm sitting on, or near, any body of water.

The most connected I've ever been was when I spent a summer on the beaches of the Mediterranean Straight--sitting on the ocean's edge in the backyard of the house in which my father grew up, in Messina, Sicily. The warmth and mellow air of Rosselli, a tiny, beautiful, Italian countryside town—only 40 minutes from Rome-- fills my mother's home town, and gently guided me, providing me hours of reflection to think about life; I drafted ideas about where I was going and how I wanted to get there. "There" was over a decade ago, and now, I understand the importance of that time, connecting with my heritage-- a trip I took with both of my grandmother's--and indeed, a trip back into time. It was then that I learned the importance of embracing change and creating the outcomes we desire in our minds so that our actions will follow in step. The new changes I am embracing now have led me here, where I am taking full advantage of all that WA has to offer, creating my first site, "Bella Casa Mia: Tuscany." I will bring back the warmth and textures and the beautiful ocean of romantic Italy as I document the remodeling of the house that belonged to my grandmother, honoring her spirit and love of the earth.

I graduated Marygrove College in Detroit (1994) with a Bachelors of English, (concentration in Secondary Education) and a Minor in Music, (concentration in Vocal Performance.) Although I graduated Cum Laude, I was asked to speak at my graduation in the spring of 1994. At that time in my life, it was the scariest performance I ever had to prepare. (It was also the highest honor in my life until the birth of my one and only child, Francesca, 11 years later.) Those importance years I spent on my beloved, Marygrove College campus, with the 3-hour dorm-dinners—all of us jammed in around the large tables, arguing world politics in Denk Champman Hall, and the lazy, summer days, spread out and relaxing on the wooded grounds of the old, majestic campus, sharing “stone-soup” weekly picnics with those of us left behind for the long recess---those years brought the best people into my life, and they are forever the voices in my head—my teachers, professors, friends. I will embrace those years again, thanks to WA, as I develop my second site," Under My Favorite Tree," allowing myself to fall back in love with the power of writing.

I have been singing and performing in and around the Detroit area for many years, with my first television appearance in 1985, (14 years old); I played several roles in Detroit’s famous, "The Nutcracker Ballet," under the direction of the late, Iacab Lascu; we performed 15 shows at the newly renovated, FOX THEATRE (1989,) and from there, I have gone on to perform in numerous bands; currently, I am working with my songwriter partner and band mates to introduce our new project, EVERY LAST DAY. Working with WA will give me the tools and skills I need to market our music properly while learning to grow a larger fan base.

I began my teaching career in 1994 in Michigan’s 2nd largest school district, where I was a student from the 8th grade until high school graduation. Michigan's new Education Reform Laws have caused a bitter taste in my mouth for the job that I once loved so much and was so grateful for having since I could be so creative every day. Now, the politics have changed, and the classrooms are no longer a place for creativity, ingenuity, innovation. Unfortunately, my job forces me to use what I call “scripted” lesson plans, and they ultimately encourage redundant repetition and teaching to a test---a curriculum that breeds an atmosphere that most definitely goes against my passionate and zesty philosophies in teaching. I have always been proud of the quality of Michigan’s Public Education System, and with the help of WA, I’ll be putting together an important site that will encourage people to learn more about the politics of education. (Peace X Piece )

Finally, I am a preeclampsia survivor, only now just learning the severe side effects that can linger for years if untreated; only in recent years has medical research begun to unveil the mysteries of this disease which has plagued too many women across the globe with no answers to satisfy their questions. This most serious topic is very close to my heart, and it is time, now, as I sit on the ocean’s edge in my mind to begin to draft out the content for this site, (along with other life-lessons) "Life’s A Garden, Dig."

“Now” is a juicy and sparkling time in my life, and my passionate Scorpio and activist Aquarius are making me thirsty for all of the exciting adventures that WA will bring into my world; I am thrilled to be aware of all of this happening because I have a place in which to lay down these thoughts and ideas. Life is filled with change and experiences and I am here to share, grow and learn with the WA community.
Here I go!
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DavidArturo Premium
Hey, many thanks for the follow!
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Diana-dmbn Premium
You are welcome! (Ok, I know I already responded..ahaha..but I wasn't sure how to navigate around a few days ago...so...I don't think I clicked on the "reply" button...so I don't know if you received my message or not! : ) Anyway, you are welcome and good luck to you!
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Hi all--just want to jump in and say that I've noticed how quickly everyone steps out to "follow" and (I guess, lead the way too!) I'm so new to it all, still working on getting my first website idea up and running; however, I still don't know all of the etiquette that goes along with this community. So, I'm hoping this reaches you all, to tell you that I'm a bit slow on getting my stuff out there, alongside you. I don't want to appear as if I'm ignoring any of you or that I'm not working on this project...hopefully, I'll be able to "hang out" soon. I just like to get everything organized first......
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chrissmuts Premium
Hey Diana, thanks for the follow
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chrissmuts Premium
Hi There and welcome to WA. I am sure that you will find all you are looking for. If I can help in any way, please shout. All the best. Chris
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Diana-dmbn Premium
Thank you for your kind welcome and offer! I'm sure I will have lots of questions, and I will definitely send a shout out if I run into trouble! Thanks again! ~Diana
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Kyle Premium
Hey there and welcome to Wealthy Affiliate. It is great to have you here and I definitely look forward to working with you. My suggestion to you is to take action on what you learn as a good deal of the actual learning will take place during the action? phase.

Getting started is easy here at WA, we have a step-by-step course dedicated to walking you through getting up and running here:

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/training/online-entrepreneur-certification-getting-started-level-1

If you have any questions, give me a shout. :)
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Diana-dmbn Premium
Thanks, Kyle! I w
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Diana-dmbn Premium
Oops...I didn't mean to send that first one!

Kyle, thank you for the warm welcome, and I am definitely taking the time to go through all of the videos and get "schooled" on this process. I am really excited that I'm finally taking the steps to build my own website(s), and I am taking this as serious as I did when I completed my undergrad (and then some) classes.

Thank you for putting this together because so far, it's the easiest and clearest tutorials that I've come across--and I've been researching for almost 2 years on this topic. So, thanks again!
~Diana
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Kyle Premium
No problem Diana, you are definitely in the right place and I look forward to working with you. If you ever need a hand with anything going forward, please do let me know and I will be more than happy to help you out.
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