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"For other Dreamers.. Don't give up! " 


Date Range: 10/19/1941 To 2009   Comments: 9   Views: 7,819
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When I was three weeks old my mother took me from Aberdeen, Scotland, back to Wales where I spent a very happy childhood. I grew up speaking Welsh and English which much later on helped me to learn the Greek language.

When I was 10 we moved to live in Runcorn, near Warrington, England and later to Liverpool. I attended The Queen Mary High School for Girls. I married my first love in 1961 when I was 20 years old and moved to live in Wallasey, Cheshire where I had my son, Jamie in 1963.

Sadly, my husband left us when my son was a year old but these things happen.

 I married for the second time when Jamie was 10 years old and I hoped for happiness, but after 3 years I found he was cheating on me, and I faced another traumatic divorce.

 Three years later I married again, but realized that my third husband did not really want my son around. This caused another marriage breakdown.

 When I was 40 years old I met my fourth husband, Tony who has been more than a wonderful husband and father to my son.- So I got a ‘good one’ in the end! - The moral is, if at first you don’t succeed, try, try and try again.

We shared a remarkable adventure, which tested our relationship when Tony was made redundant in 1991. I wanted to share all of our varied experiences with other ‘dreamers’ who might have liked to ‘opt out’ of the rat race on a Greek island, so I wrote my first book entitled : "Chasing Dreams in Lefkas." Available on Amazon

I wrote it as soon as we returned while all the memories were fresh in my mind in 1992.

This is not meant to be a ‘cleverly written book’. I know there are mistakes that I would not make now. But it was simply a way of sharing and maybe giving people a laugh at some of the amusing things that we did. It’s always funny to hear about a pair of ‘old hippies’ making fools of themselves. On reflection, it was usually me that did that; Tony is much too sensible. We still reflect on our time in Lefkas and feel that we would not have missed all the experiences for the world.

Sometimes you have to measure your success by what you had to give up to achieve it.

I have now learnt to write so much better than when I wrote my first book. So I apologize for the mistakes. The manuscript lay in our attic for 17 years. Then I sent it via email to the US and Eloquent books published it. 'warts an' all' - I hope it might inspire people facing redundancies almost two decades on to do something they might never have done.

I have since written a book for young children: “Granny’s Magic Garden.” - To be released in a couple of months. These stories are what I told my two grandsons, George and Freddie when they were very young. They made them laugh, so I wanted to share them with other children. I hope they make them laugh too.

I have also written two romantic novels this year, which will be released next year, 2010 : “It Mattered Yesterday” & “A Moment to Remember.” Both are taken from experiences in my life.

I hope people enjoy them. Thanks for reading,

Blessings and smiles, Diane J

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Oct 2009
Henrietta Giseppe said:
posted on Oct 23, 2009

FOUR marriages until you hit the jackpot. I gotta' give you the chops for sticking with it girl! :) Sounds like your husband Tony is a big time keeper.

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Diane Griffith said:
posted on Oct 24, 2009
Hello Henrietta

Thanks Henrietta. Yes, he is a really nice man. He has even had to accept my 89 year old mother, who is confined to a wheelchair coming to live with us. It is not the retirement we had planned in Cyprus. But, I have no alternative, but to take care of her. It is hard work and very demanding for both of us. But we can enjoy year round sunshine, and that's a blessing. We also have an adorable little dog who brings us a lot of pleasure. :-)

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Judith Chris said:
posted on Nov 20, 2009

Truly inspiring. You give me the courage to dream again and to never give up. With less life experience and currently in the most traumatic period of my life, I feel people like you gives me the spirit to move on. Thank you for giving a light perspective of life.

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Diane Griffith said:
posted on Nov 21, 2009
Judith Chris

Hi, Judith.
Thank you for yur comments. Sorry to hear that things are not so good for you at the moment. Try to see it as an episode to grow from. It will pass and you will have learnt from the experience. You will be happy again. Sometimes we don't see why things we don't like happen, but in time, you will. Get a Ying Yang sign and hang it around your neck. Think possitive thoughts about every aspect of your life. Focus on what is good. Ask your Guardian Angel to help you. Give your worries to the angels. Give yourself little treats. Day by day, you will see things getting better. That's my advice. We all have upsetting times in our lives. Time really does heal.
Take care. Blessings and smiles,
Diane xxx

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Judith Chris said:
posted on Nov 21, 2009
Thank you

Thank you so much for you your blessings. I am praying to my Guardian angel, to help my soul, so that it will overcome the greatest pain it is going through right now. I am now searching for the purpose of my life. Will remember you in my prayers. Your advice and care is helping me out very much. Take care. Happiness will always be yours. 

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Diane Griffith said:
posted on Nov 22, 2009
Hello again Judy

Hi, Judy.
Glad I my advice is of some use to you. I know what it is to suffer. Three divorces are too much! But I got through  the pain ... and so can you. You can overcome anything, with a little help from your friends and the angels. What seems unsurmountable now, will simply become a memory. For that is life and that is just the way it happens. I found it helped to write everything down.( how I felt.) Then my writing sort of turned into a novel. It Mattered Yesterday. It will be released next year sometime. So, I wouldn't have that, if I had not gone through 'it all'. Keep smiling, Diane

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Judith Chris said:
posted on Nov 23, 2009
Thank you Once More

Congrats and best wishes for your to-be released book. I am dying each other moment. I am in love since the past 12 years. We are engaged also. And our marriage is fixed for the end of December, my family has almost invited all and now his parents want money from my parents. I have a younger sister, and my father is blind in one eye and is bed ridden for the past few months. My fiancé, without understanding me, is supporting his parents and is asking me for money. You won’t believe, he even hits me and calls me bad words. Feels really bad to see he doesn’t even trust me. I have loved him sincerely all these years. I do not know why I am going through this pain? Thank you again for your well wishes and blessings. Good luck and happiness be yours Judy

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Diane Griffith said:
posted on Nov 24, 2009
Hi Judy

Hi Judy,
I really think it is good that you have found out what sort of person this man is before you marrid him. Put him out of your mind and your heart. He does not deserve your love. Leave him as part of your past, move on and find a nice kind person who is worthy of your love. That's my advice.
Take care and be kind to yourself at this time. You will soon meet someone else and be happy.

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Diane Griffith said:
posted on Feb 17, 2011
Hello Judy

Hi, Judy. Hope you are still coping. I lost my lovely mum on 4th July last year and I miss her so very much.
I have had my novel released: It Mattered yesterday, but she never saw it. I have just completed my second romantic novel, which has just gone to print called, A Moment to Remember. It will be out soon on Amazon too!
Blessings for 2011.