My Mother Next Door

My Mother Next Door offers a fresh take on motherly abandonment (albeit next door) as it does not shy away from the darker painful memories, the universal conundrums of the mother and daughter relationship, and how Diane Danvers Simmons navigates her totally unblended family in the process.

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Diane Danvers Simmons

Meet Diane. Diane is a mother, world-traveler, writer, film-maker, reiki master, brand strategist, and beyond. Doing as women do best, Diane has worn many hats in life (though she’s more of a shoe girl herself). Taking on the corporate world by storm as an international ad exec by age 27, she has continued to defy expectations by raising and co-parenting 4 kids and a blended family, volunteering for notable organizations including the Women’s Fund’s Leadership Council, and building her women’s empowerment brand, Own It Feel It Live It. A British native and American transplant, Diane brings unique wit, humor, heart and candor to her storytelling through her written memoirs, articles, keynote speeches, and... wait for it… podcasts! As she would say, cheers!

a podcast for your soul

A week after my sixteenth birthday, my sixty-one-year old Irish-Catholic mother cornered me in the kitchen to announce that she was leaving my seventy-seven-year old father to move directly next door to live with three hot college lads. In her own endearing words, I was “big and ugly enough” to take care of him, the dog and myself.

Let’s break down the walls that divide us and share our stories to empower women of all ages, backgrounds and walks of life.

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No one can accuse Diane Danvers Simmons of telling a familiar story in this is an utterly unique situation, as she draws her readers into a time and place when London was blowing up all over the place in the late 1970’s, literally, between IRA bombings, Disco fever, platform shoes, women’s liberation and her mother.

My Mother Next Door is much more than just a family tale, as it portrays a brilliant sense of time, history, and politics, with continuity into the modern age. Through British humor, self -deprecation and candor with poignant, irreverent observations about her totally unapologetic mother (who she describes “more like medusa on a cocaine binge” than Mother Mary, when enraged), Diane subtly weaves the anecdotal life lessons she learned growing up.

Ultimately, My Mother Next Door offers a fresh take on motherly abandonment (albeit next door) as it does not shy away from the darker painful memories, the universal conundrums of the mother and daughter relationship, and how Danvers Simmons navigates her totally unblended family in the process.

In the end, Diane Danvers Simmons frames her life and that of her mothers as a tale of empowerment, the beauty of the indomitable human spirit, and the freedom in finding laughter, curiosity, compassion and forgiveness in the absurdity of life.

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