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Summer Spotlight: Dianna Keen

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DiannaMy name is Dianna Keen. I began writing my blog “These Days Of Mine” in September, 2010. At first, I blogged every day, but now I take the weekends “off”.

I’m a born and bred Virginian, with deep roots in the southeastern part of the state. My maternal grandmother’s family has been traced to 1607 Jamestown. I’ve never lived more than 30 miles from my home town of Bacon’s Castle, located just southwest of Jamestown, across the James River.

I’m married to Motor Man, builder of high performance engines (race cars, race boats, classic cars), and I have one son, Marshall. My life and my blog revolve around those two, as well as the two kitties, Sundae and Gypsy, who adopted Motor Man and me.

Other than blogging, my hobbies are rubber stamping (I make all my greeting cards), photography, and antiquing. Motor Man and I also enjoy riding the beaches of Corolla, NC to see the wild horses that call that area home. Last year, I entered three of my photos in the Corolla Wild Horse Fund Calendar Contest, and was honored to have this one chosen for the 2015 calendar.

Image Courtesy of Dianna Keen

Image Courtesy of Dianna Keen

Thanks, Jill, for featuring me on your blog today!

Here are the questions I chose to answer:

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?

I would meet my Dad. He died when I was only eight months old, so I have no memory of him. My mom and other family members always told me what a quiet, kind person he was. As a Christian, I know that I will meet him one day.

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Dance. I love to watch people dance (the jitterbug, ballroom dancing, etc., none of this modern “stuff” that’s passed off as dancing). Yes, I know I could take dance lessons, but I’m much too self-conscious to ever dance –even when I’m alone.

What do you miss most about being a kid?

Time passing so slowly. As a child in school, the two-week Christmas vacation stretched out forever. And summer break: indefinite! Now, the days just zip by so quickly.

If you could visit any place in the entire world, where would it be?

Great Britain. The genealogy on my dad’s side of the family was traced to Glasgow, Scotland, and my mom’s side to England. Now, I just have to get up the courage to fly across the ocean!

What do you think the greatest invention has been?

The internet, hands down. Not only is information on anything available to you in a matter of seconds, communication with anyone in the world is so easy. Without the internet, we wouldn’t have all our wonderful blogging friends!

Thanks for taking the spotlight, Dianna! Stay tuned next week for Eric Baker.

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

114 thoughts on “Summer Spotlight: Dianna Keen

  1. Wow! Thanks, Jill; it’s an honor to participate in your Summer Spotlight series. What a great idea!

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  2. Reblogged this on these days of mine and commented:
    Today, I’m honored to be a guest on Summer Spotlight over at Jill Weatherholt’s blog. Many/most of you will be familiar with my answers to her interview questions, so thanks for enduring them yet again!

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  3. Wonderful interview blog Dianna…..it’s an honor (and lots of fun!) to be your friend and you did a great job telling about your world and your life here on Jill’s blog.

    Pam

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  4. I find it fascinating that you’ve never lived farther than 30 miles from your hometown. And roots to 1607 Jamestown – wow! I am a history buff and got to visit the archaeological site at Jamestown in the summer of 2012. It was amazing to see. How cool for you to know your ancestors were among some of the original settlers.

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  5. Thank you for the interview with Dianna whom I’ve “known” through blogging for a few years now – a lovely lady and now I learned a few new things, too 🙂 Cheers~ MJ

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  6. Dianna’s posts are so uplifting and I look forward to reading them every morning. I started blogging way back with AOL until they dropped that feature (their mistake) and “met” hundreds of fine folks from all over the globe. Now that my passion, Photography consumes most of my spare (?) time, I don’t get to write as much as I used to, but I love to read and have discovered new worlds.
    Cheers and added to Blog Roll
    http://oldetownephotos.blogspot.com/

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  7. Nice to meet you, Dianna. Lovely family. And congrats on your photo’s being selected. It’s beautiful.
    Glad to know you’ll see your dad again someday.
    I hope you’ll get the courage to fly to the UK! I’d love to go there too.

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  8. What a lovely interview with one of the most lovely bloggers. I’ve been a blogging buddy of Dianna’s for a few years and she’s one of the best! Her beautiful photo of the wild horse running in the waves has a special place of honor on my family room mantle. It was a gift from Dianna and every time I look at it, I think of her! Congrats, Dianna! And thanks for spotlighting her, Jill.

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  9. It’s nice to get to know you better. I’ve always wanted to live in Virginia!

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  10. A great “spotlight” interview Dianna and Jill!

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    • Thanks for stopping by! Dianna’s answers were great. I learned so much more about her which was my intention with the summer spotlight.
      By the way, your blog header photo is beautiful! I’ll look forward to your future posts.

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      • Jill thank you so much for the good words about my header and the “follow”. I am sputtering right now when it comes to blogging. Maybe my blogging motivation will come back.. 🙂 I enjoy your comments at Nancy’s blog and Dianna’s too. Well, any place I see them. I am enjoying your Summer Spotlight series and your blog. I am “following”… 😀

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      • Your motivation will come back. Sometimes we need to take a little break. I’m glad you’re enjoying the spotlight series…I am too! Thanks for stopping by!

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    • Thanks, my friend….!

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  11. Most impressive to me is your tracing your roots back as far as Jamestown. You are made of incredibly strong stock! I remember reading a child’s biography situated in Jamestown to my daughter when she was little and I was astounded as to what the people there endured!

    Also the wild horses! That must have looked stunning to see them on the beach. Your Jamestown roots!

    I read somewhere that it is the only way to go: blogging once a day. It is incredibly hard. I did it for about 4 months. Now more sporadically. That you take weekends off is blogging enough!

    You should learn to dance. And do fly across the ocean! Thank you for writing about yourself in such a direct honest way. You sound like a very thoughtful and honest person! Two qualities I admire!

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    • Thanks, Hollis, just as a sidenote, my 8th great grandfather purchased property (just across the river from Jamestown) from Pocahontas’s son! When I shared that with my son after he was grown, he was a bit more than impressed! I told him that he has deep roots.
      I missed blogging on the weekends at first, but I just needed a couple of nights a week with no “homework”.
      Yes, I’m hoping to one day visit the UK. As for dancing, well, I’m not too sure about that. Maybe in my dreams!
      Thanks for all your sweet comments.

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  12. What a treat to get to know Dianna. The horse pic is beautiful – a real winner. I’m off to check out Dianna’s blog.

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  13. Nicely done! Enjoyed the comments…

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  14. so true on the internet. we tend to take instant communication for granted these days. 🙂

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  15. Great answers Dianna. About your Dad, in my last novel my protagonist was forever trying to recapture any memory that lingered of her father who died when she was very young. It finally came to her vividly – you never can tell.

    Intrigued about your wild horses!

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  16. Thanks for telling your story, Dianna. It’s all very literary with the Virginia setting, the wild horses, and town called Bacon’s Castle. Be careful, you may end up as a character in someone’s novel! Don’t worry, I write speculative fiction, so you’re probably safe from me. Unless Bacon’s Castle is haunted…

    Your comments about your dad were brief but moving.

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  17. Wonderful to meet you Dianna 🙂 I too am fascinated by you having never lived further than 30 miles from your hometown! As something of a gypsy I love reading about and hearing of people whose roots are so firmly and irrevocably tied to one place. Part of me wishes I had a deep sense of connection to a place or a people (a tribe?). I too think the internet is a great invention for the reasons you mention – friends and a sense of community -perhaps for someone like me a tribe of my own?

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  18. I’m so glad to have the chance to learn more about you. This was probably the most interesting post I’ve read by you! Concerning trip to UK and the plane…..DO IT. You have one life, go out and live the dreams!

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  19. Nice to meet you, Dianna. 🙂 I love your photo of the horse. I believe you live in a very beautiful area- maybe that’s the secret of staying put? Some of us are content, others not so. Our diversity makes us interesting, doesn’t it?

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  20. Nice to meet you Dianna! You have a very cool hobby of riding horses on the beach and watching the wild ones. That is a gorgeous picture and I am not surprised it was featured. WOW. I agree with you on the greatest invention. It truly is amazing how information is right at our finger tips any moment of the day and how connected we can be to people around the globe. It really makes us feel less alone. I also admire your talents in card making. 🙂

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    • Hi, there, and thanks for your comment! Although I lived quite a few years before the internet, now I can’t imagine life without it. I love how it’s reconnected me with old friends and helped me make new ones.

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    • Hi Maria! When you have some free time, in between all of the graduation festivities, check out Dianna’s blog. Not only does she have a ton of photos of wild horses, but she has spectacular photos of sunrises and sunsets on the water. It’s such a relaxing visit.

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  21. I attended W&M and spent many happy days in and around Jamestown and Surry, including riding on the Ferry. Love the photo you snapped of the wild pony. We lived on Chincoteague for a time and enjoyed seeing ponies wandering the dunes.

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  22. What a wonderful interview with one of our favorite bloggers! Thank you!

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  23. Very good questions, Jill. And Dianna, from your answers I feel like I know you!

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  24. Excellent choice (Dianna), and great questions.

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  25. Roots to Jamestown is awesome! I would love to be able to trace mine that far back.

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  26. Lovely to meet you Dianna – and I loved your responses to Jill’s questions – so honest, and the one about your Dad, so poignant. I so agree with time whizzing by these days – just where does it all go?

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    • Hi, Jenny, thank you so much for commenting! Where DOES the time go??

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    • Hi Jenny! When I read Dianna’s answer to what she missed most about being a kid, it struck a chord. Here we are, half way through the year 2014…where does the time go? I remember my sister and I having a countdown when we were kids from Thanksgiving until Christmas…it seemed like an eternity.

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  27. Nice to meet you, Dianna! (And thanks to Jill for hosting you!) I’ve known people who have never lived far from where they grew up. One of my sisters in fact has never lived farther than a 20-mile radius of her hometown. On the other hand, I’ve lived in three corners of the US … so far 🙂 My sister built a life that she never wanted to leave: marriage, sons, grandchildren. They keep her grounded in every sense of the word. Congratulations on your photo being accepted for the calendar. It is beautiful and I can imagine spending hours just watching those beautiful horses. I hope you do make it to Great Britain one day. With your strong sense of history and place, the anxiety will be well worth the trip. As for dancing, sometimes I wish I could dance and then I realize that if I’m dancing, then I can’t watch other people dance, which is something I really enjoy doing 🙂
    Cheers to you both!

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    • Hi Marie! This is the second post of the summer spotlight and I’m loving it! It’s great to learn more about our fellow bloggers and a bonus has been learning from the comments too. I can’t wait for your week in the spotlight!

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  28. Nice to meet you Dianna! I miss how slowly time passed back then too. I was always looking for ways to fill it up. Sigh. 🙂

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  29. Another great interview Jill, it was great to meet Dianna.

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  30. I am so enjoying your Summer Spotlight series Jill, you have set a wonderful variety of questions that really help us to get to know one another so well and now we get to meet Dianna – Hi Dianna!
    How amazing that you can trace your roots so far back! I find this fascinating as my family is spread all over and I would love to know more about my ancestry. I long to explore Virginia (I whizzed through parts of it once, back in 1980, and vowed that one day I would return!)
    Of course, being a Brit, I am thrilled that you would like to visit this beautiful isle of ours and I hope that you get to one of these days 😉
    Your photo is beautiful, I can see why it was selected.

    Thanks again Jill, and lovely to meet Dianna 🙂 Hope you & DFD are having a great weekend 😎 xoxo

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  31. I am excited as always, Jill, to have read your Summer Spotlight on another special person: Dianna! I am glad to know more about her, will check her out, too! I have roots in England and Scotland, from my father’s side. We can trace back that side easily generations. I am interested in be part of Dianna’s posts, now. The part about her family and her childhood, ‘hooked me’ and now I feel she has some common threads with me, along with you, Jill! Hello to Dianna! Smiles, Robin

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    • If you check out Dianna’s blog you’ll discover all of her amazing talents as well as her love for her family and life. I’ve really enjoyed learning more about her through this spotlight.
      My SO was born in England, Robin, but his family was military so no roots there. Thanks for stopping by! xo

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  32. Did I just read that Dianna makes all kinds of greeting cards? That sounds like so much fun!
    Jill, these spotlights are wonderful- thank you for coming with this idea and pursuing it.
    Here’s wishing you, Dianna, and the rest of the readers a wonderful week.

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    • Thanks, Elaine! I’m having so much fun with this series. I appreciate you following along. Maybe I can convince you to take the spotlight. 🙂
      Yes, Dianna does make greeting cards. Since you enjoy scrapbooking, you’d probably enjoy making cards. My sister used to be really into it. She made some beautiful cards.
      I hope you have a great week as well. xo

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      • I went to the craft store (Michaels) on Friday twice to buy supplies that I “need” 🙂 I’m going to look into the art of making cards. I’m already getting spotlight just by commenting on your blog!

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      • Ha ha! Check out the website http://www.stampinup.com. That’s how my sister got into the greeting card making business. Of course, I don’t want to contribute to another obsession. I’ll bet the manager at Michaels loves to see you come through the doors. 🙂

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  33. Thanks for the link! You’re right about the manager 🙂

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  34. Great answers from you, Dianna. The person you wanted to meet touched my heart. On an unrelated note, my husband is a car-guy, except he’s does the outer work … auto body. Nice to meet you, Dianna.

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  35. Dianna, I loved reading about you. I was so touched by your desire to meet your father. And I so hear you about the time zipping by. It’s kind of terrifying sometimes! And yet it never felt like that when I was a kid. The summer seemed an amazing expanse of fun ahead of me!!
    Thanks, Jill, for hosting this great idea of a series.

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  36. Nice to meet you, Dianna. I really enjoyed the beautiful photo. I can see why it is an award winner! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

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  37. I love that photo! Thank you for sharing with us, Dianna.

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  38. Nice to meet you, Dianna! Loved the motor LOVE on your blog – fun!

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