About Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

Dr. MaryAnn Diorio is a widely published, award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry for children and adults. Her latest children's book, THE DANDELION PATCH, deals with the topic of Eminent Domain. Her latest fiction release for adults, A SICILIAN FAREWELL, is Book 2 in THE ITALIAN CHRONICLES trilogy. Book 1, THE MADONNA OF PISANO, won the prestigious Silver Medal for E-Book Fiction in the 2015 Illumination Book Awards Contest. MaryAnn and her husband Dom are the parents of two wonderful daughters and grandparents to five rambunctious grandchildren.

From Ashes to Life by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

“Mama, what is that black dirt on that man’s forehead?” Perhaps your child has asked you this question on Ash Wednesday. If so, did you have trouble responding? Many parents in non-liturgical, Pentecostal denominations have not grown up celebrating Ash … Continue reading

Verbal Venom: A Recipe for Lifelong Pain by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

I guided my shopping cart into the next aisle of the supermarket. At the far end of the aisle, a mother spewed verbal venom at her toddler daughter. Angry words. Hurtful words. Demeaning words. The little child cried loudly in … Continue reading

Courageous Parenting: Training Up a Child in the Way He Should Go

I sat in the large courtroom, awaiting my court case involving a minor traffic accident in which a delivery truck had struck my car. The judge was hearing another case before mine. I watched intently as a middle-aged mother stood at … Continue reading

Teach Your Child the Seven Keys to Wise Money Management by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

God has a lot to say about money and the way we manage it.  According to my Concordance, the word “money” appears 148 times in the Bible. Jesus talks about money more than He talks about hell. Why? Because how … Continue reading

Deck the Soul with Boughs of Forgiveness

CHRISTMAS!  The word evokes many feelings, depending on our experiences. For some, Christmas is a happy time, filled with beautiful memories and joyful expectations. For others, Christmas is a depressing time, a season one wants “to get over with” as … Continue reading