Home Again

Wow, a whole week with my sister! We haven’t spent that much quality time together since we were kids, and she couldn’t stand me then so that wasn’t a lot of fun. While in New Jersey, I got to see my older brother Tom  and even my little brother Rob and his wife, Terri, who were visiting from Washington State. I also had breakfast with my agent, who lives near my sister and who is such a joy to spend time with, on both a professional and personal level. Of course, the highlight was getting to cuddle with  Foxy and Duchess.pups web.jpg
 I thought you might like to see the two other writers in the family. On the left below, my brother, mystery writer Robert Lopresti and on the right my nephew, screenwriter Chris Messineo with two of my favorite people–his wife Liz and daughter Joanna.  Chris has a bunch of websites, but his latest is really cool for any aspiring screenwriters out there. Check it out.
rob.jpg c l and j web.jpgWe all had a lot of fun comparing family memories and realizing that none of us remember the same  stories the same way.  Rob and I remember our grandmother saying she worked for Thomas Edison. I remember her saying she was in an elevator with Edison’s son and he tried to kiss her and she stuck her chewing gum in his mustache. My sister remembers her saying that her boss chased her around his desk prior to a gum-in-the-mustache kiss. So if you’re still lucky enough to have living grandparents (or parents), get those stories straight while there’s still time. 
It was great returning to spring here in North Carolina. Hope it’s lovely wherever you are as well.


  1. Margo on April 2, 2007 at 8:57 am

    Welcome back Diane! Spending quality time with family can be a joy and I’m glad you
    had the week to go down memory lane. My fav pic…FOXY & DUCHESS!

  2. Diane Chamberlain on April 2, 2007 at 10:56 am

    aren’t they little dolls? they’re getting up there in years, now. duchess, on the right, is 13. they’re such cuddly lap dogs, unlike my too-big shelties. my sister can have both of them on her lap at the same time, so they’re just perfect.

  3. Margo on April 2, 2007 at 11:12 am

    I love them! Kramer just had his 12th b-day and loves to cuddle. You’ve seen his pic
    so you know he’s a very large dog. He thinks he’s tiny and sleeps on us whenever

  4. Krysia on April 2, 2007 at 10:43 pm

    Don’t feel bad. My sister and I literally couldn’t live with each other we were that bad. We tried as adults it lasted 3 days.

  5. Diane Chamberlain on April 2, 2007 at 11:03 pm

    Are you close in age, Krysia? I think that would make it harder. My sis and I are 7 years apart, so she hated me tagging along as a little kid, but now we get along very well. We’re both easy going types.

  6. Dorothy on April 3, 2007 at 12:05 am

    Hi Diana, I just sent you an email about Sandi Kahn Shelton so be on the lookout for that, but i wanted to tell you that you’re but a stone’s throw away from me. Sorta. Well, maybe a little further, but I live on the east coast of Virginia so the lighthouse on your website reminded me of home! Anyway, I do want to tell you that you were the inspiration behind a book I’ve written in the respects that it was after listening to you on a radio show talking about a beach book you had written and it gave me the idea for a chick lit book I ended up writing later. I don’t think I ever told you that. Anyway, keep writing and we’ll talk to you soon. ;o)

  7. Diane Chamberlain on April 3, 2007 at 1:37 pm

    Dorothy, thanks for stopping by and especially for letting me know I inspired you to write a book. Hope it sold and reached oodles of readers.

  8. Krysia on April 3, 2007 at 7:15 pm

    There are 4 years between her and I and 14 between my other sister and I. Her and I get a long great. When she was little her and I used to go shopping together all the time. But my other sister and I haven’t gotten along since she came home from the hospital.

  9. Diane Chamberlain on April 3, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    I think that 4 year difference is a toughie sometimes. You got to be the princess in the house for a long time before she came and ruined everything. 🙂

  10. Krysia on April 5, 2007 at 11:23 am

    My parents to this day think it’s because I wanted a brother and they brought home a girl. THe untrasound and the Dr. said it was a boy. Oh well, we can get along for short periods, generally long enough for me to get the niece and nephew fill for a day.

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