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.

My “Once-in-a-Lifetime” Grandmother

“A house needs a grandma in it.”—Louisa May Alcott Nonna Anna stepped into my seven-year-old life with laughter, love, and lore. As the day of her arrival from Italy approached, my heart swelled with excitement and anticipation. It would be … Continue reading

Three Keys to Effective Discipline

My mother-in-law was a wise woman. Once, when my husband and his older brother were young children, they had a terrible argument. As a means of helping them resolve their differences, my mother-in-law made each of her two boys wash … Continue reading

Miss Ritter’s Bible

“A teacher affects eternity.” ~ Henry Adams Almost always she wore a simple black dress, but the black only made her gentle, smiling face shine ever more brightly.  A splash of white trimmed her hemline for, almost always, her slip … Continue reading

A Legacy of Words

As a young child of nine years old, I listened intently, wide-eyed with delight, as my father read the lilting verse from the musty, second-hand volume of The Oxford Book of English Verse. How his voice danced with the rhythm … Continue reading

Adoption from a Grandmother’s Perspective

When my daughter announced that she and her husband were planning to adopt a child, I was both delighted and concerned. Delighted because I had been looking forward to being a grandmother. Concerned because I knew nothing about adoption and … Continue reading