What people are saying about My Mother Next Door...

"Thank you, Diane, for sharing your mother, and your entire family, with us. Your experiences and relationship with your mother touched all of my emotions, from love and happiness, to hate and sorrow. The strength, understanding, empathy, and compassion you ultimately gained from your traumatic experiences with your mother, along with your ability to forgive her, are life’s greatest goals. My Mother Next Door has inspired me to use my own 60-year-old lens to reflect back upon my own life to help me better understand the experiences that shaped the woman I am today. Your beautiful and heartfelt book has life lessons for all of us, and I plan to share it with my mother, my daughter, and all of my girlfriends."

Shelley Zalis, CEO author, The Female Quotient

"This is a unique  and compelling story of mother loss, grief and healing. Diane offers us a beautiful model of how to live with the contradictory feelings of loss and longing in order to find the gift of acceptance for our imperfect mothers.  Read this book and soak in the gift of personal  growth that forgiveness brings."

Judith Ruskay Rabinor, PhD author, The Girl in the Red Boots

"A bright, lively account, leavened with humor and wit that take the edges off a unique story of loss, confusion and reconciliation with one’s circumstances and the mother who brought it all about.  Ms. Simmons writes with flair, with insight, and with a generous heart.  A delightful book worthy of a deep read."

Greg Fields, author, Arc of the Comet and Through the Waters and the Wildz

"Readers will appreciate this beautiful and honest story of the complexities in a mother/daughter relationship. Simmons reminds us, as daughters, we are deeply connected to our mothers, and how this impacts our own parenting.”

Dara Kurtz, author, I am My Mother’s Daughter: Wisdom on Life, Loss, and Love

Diane's work in female activism...

In this video Diane provides a keynote motivational speech at Hartnell College for International Women's Day. This speech had one goal in mind, to provide young women with tools for a happier, healthier, and more fulfilled life. The video below showcases real reactions to the impact of Diane's work.

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