Gratitude in Photos


In looking back over 2014 and counting my blessings, I thought it would be fun to post in photos. It would be impossible to represent everything I’m thankful for, but here are some items that top the list:

Mom and Dad, dancing at a recent family gathering.

Mom and Dad, dancing at a recent family gathering.

The continued earthly presence of my parents, their good overall health, and my upbringing in a loving, stable home (something for which I am even more grateful with every interaction with new friends and contacts who’ve experienced horrific childhoods).

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Indialantic Beach.

In May, I moved to the Space Coast from South Florida and have never been happier with a location. Through the grace of God, I wound up in a wonderful situation living less then four blocks from the beach and the Indian River for an affordable price. I love where I’m living and plan to make this neighborhood a permanent residence in a single family home someday soon.

WritestreamLogo-800x533The amazing growth of the Writestream Radio Network, which I’ve detailed in this post. I’ve interviewed many inspiring guests, both on Writestream Tuesday and Love Liberty & Lip Gloss. Looking forward to another year of creativity, fun, and accomplishment!

Author/metaphysician Lisa Tarves.

Author/metaphysician Lisa Tarves.

One of the many blessings of new technology for me has been developing meaningful friendships with people all over the country and world. Soon after finding Lisa via a Google search, for example, we became fast friends and Writestream partners. It’s been a blast co-hosting with her on Love Liberty & Lip Gloss and screening callers for Just Believe. I’m also grateful for the reconnection social media has enabled with long-ago friends like Karen Franks of Karen’s Lyme Story and Maureen Miles Bucci, author of A Snobby Girl’s Guide to Dealing with Cancer. Whether we’ve met in person or continue to nurture the relationships online, I treasure each and every one. I can’t possibly name them all but you know who you are. Thank you! :)

All five DiGiovanni siblings with our parents.

“The Big Five” with our parents.

All of my siblings, and in particular the example of my brother Ralph.


The publication of Steps To Salvation and the generosity of Shlomo Attia. After four long years in the making, Shlomo and I finally released his novel, the second book I’ve ghostwritten and by far the most educational and challenging. While I’m at it, I’m also grateful for Kia Heavey’s friendship and graphic design talents, which I’ve employed many times since on behalf of other clients like Maureen Miles Bucci.

toastmastersMy involvement in Toastmasters via my new friend Damalis Ayala who introduced me to Lisa Rider, who invited me to join the Girl Talk Chapter in Melbourne. Although I haven’t yet made my ice-breaker speech, taking on various roles in different meetings has already helped me to develop better listening and communications skills, in addition to making new friends and contacts.

LeslieSansoneFitFaithMy excellent health, maintained in part through Leslie Sansone Walk At Home DVDs and a low-carb lifestyle. I’m grateful for low blood pressure, high energy levels, and good vitamins (which are the only things I take daily). Health is something that cannot be measured in dollars and I am incredibly grateful for mine.

What are you thankful for in your life?



Love Liberty & Lip Gloss: Life Lessons for Teenagers with Kelly Tonelli


Are you raising teenagers? Are you a teen struggling to figure out your place in the world?Please tune in tomorrow at 7 p.m. Eastern when my lovely co-host Lisa Tarves and I welcome clinical psychologist Kelly Tonelli to Love Liberty & Lip Gloss to talk about life lessons for teenagers:

Kelly Tonelli is a clinical psychologist working in private practice with patients who are experiencing life transitions, many of whom are teenage girls. She happily relocated from Michigan to Southern California to attend Pepperdine University and fell in love with the sunshine (snow is cold). She’s been fortunate to have spent time working and learning at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA) before going into private practice. She divides her time between her practice, writing, spending time with her husband, and driving her daughter to dance class.

To listen, click on this link to Love Liberty & Lip Gloss with Kelly Tonelli or call (347) 945-7246 to listen by phone. Got a question for our guest? Hit “1” to be placed in the queue.

Here’s a bit about Kelly Tonelli from her website:

Dr. Kelly Tonelli is a California licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 19248) providing solution-focused treatment aimed at symptom reduction.  She works with her clients to identify treatment goals and collaborate on a treatment plan to meet those goals.

Dr. Tonelli provides the following services:

  • Psychoeducational assessment to assist in diagnosis of Learning Disabilities and/or Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Assessment to aid in diagnostic clarification
  • Solution-focused outpatient mental health treatment aimed at symptom reduction
  • Assistance with negotiating accomodations and special assistance from employers and/or school districts
  • Behavior management to aid in behavioral difficulties that occur within the home and/or school
  • Assistance with medication management through collaboration with the prescribing physician

See you on Thursday, November 6 at 7 p.m. Eastern for Love Liberty & Lip Gloss!


Happy Birthday, Ralph!

My favorite baby photo of my "big brother" Ralph.

Today is my brother Ralph’s 55th birthday. It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we celebrated his 50th with a Hollywood-themed birthday bash, but here we are. If you’re new to the blog and don’t know his story, click to read ‘A Little Down Syndrome.’ 

Celebrating my brother Ralph's 50th in 2009.

Celebrating Ralph’s 50th in 2009.

Ralph’s story is filled with real-life heroes beginning with my mother and father, and extended family. It’s an example of the miracles that occur when individuals possess real love, commitment, determination, resolve, and faith in God. In today’s superficial world of “designer babies,” abortion on demand (mainly for convenience), and self-absorption, is it any wonder that 90% of unborn babies discovered to have Down syndrome are aborted? What a tragic statistic. How ironic that medical advancement designed to improve health and healthcare for human beings has resulted in a death sentence for those deemed “unworthy” of life?

Ralph with nieces Sophia (left) and Julianna celebrating his 50th.

Ralph with nieces Sophia (left) and Julianna.

I’m certainly grateful for Ralph’s loving presence in mine. Happy Birthday to the most loving, inspiring, and beautiful soul I know!



Latest Reviews of Water Signs

My first novel is now on sale for $2.99 in Kindle format while I dedicate myself to completing the sequel this year. In the meantime, I am thrilled to have recently received the following reviews:

Water Signs is one of those rare books that makes you feel like you want to meet the characters in person. Yes, they are that real. It is beautifully written with passion for our country and romance. It is one of those books that is just like a good movie, where you hate to see it end. Speaking of more…please Daria, write the sequel as we are left sitting on the edge our seats wanting more. Madeline Rose and her charming husband Kenny will enrich your lives with their love for each other. Yes, a perfect romance does exist.


I fell in love with Rose from the very beginning and couldn’t wait to know more and more about her story. I am rooting for her and hope the author will consider writing a sequel. I would like to be informed if she does. Her writing style kept me engaged and intrigued. I appreciate an author like DiGiovanni who has a keen knowledge of English language and who writes as if you were right there with the main character. Kudos to you!


Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad!

Mom and Dad, dancing at a recent family gathering.

Mom and Dad, dancing at a recent family gathering.

When I remember the things I’m most grateful for, at the top of the list is my upbringing in a loving, stable home with two upstanding, involved parents. My four siblings and I were raised with solid, traditional values, along with a very clear sense of right versus wrong. And yes, a lot of fun in the form of family gatherings, events, friendships and the security of knowing our parents cared about our lives. My mom especially was happily involved in school activities, homework and extracurricular things like dance and piano lessons, sports (my brothers played baseball, football and wrestled) and ensuring that we were exposed not only to Eagles, Phillies, Flyers and Sixers games but also culture, history and conservative political activism.

Given the state of our current self-absorbed culture, I am eternally thankful for being the product of two people who were not only loving but generous with their time.

Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad….and thank you for everything!



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