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Purpose Driven Life

I am grateful for my many blessings...In moments of stress and tiredness I sit in stillness for awhile, listen to the sounds around me and appreciate the preciousness of this life we all share!


A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big, laugh a lot and realize how blessed you are for what you have.

I am the original, the first, Jardinami. My name is Diane Dunwell-Hoffman. All the rest are frauds! I had first taken the Screen Name or User Name of Jardinami when I had been a member of the Rod McKuen Message Board/Rod's Garden back in the mid nineties.

I combined the French word Jardin(Garden) with the French word Ami(Friend). Thus Garden Friend.I am the wife of Roger William Hoffman, mother of Jennifer and Jamiann. Each daughter is married with three children each, and each have two girls and a boy.

I am the third born of the five children of Ruth and William Dunwell. I grew up and lived most of my life in Alpha, NJ. Both of my parents were very creative and entrepreneurial. I learned how to be a "people person" as an aprentice in several of our family run businesses.

Our mother loved to cook, bake, decorate our home, and craft.  We learned much from her, but the most important thing we learned from her was to love unconditionally, and forgive easily.

Several of our lifelong friends have mentioned how Mom always had a radio on, and there was always music and singing in our home.

My sister Ruth Ann, Rod McKuen, and Me

I have always loved the arts, and entertainment field. John Denver and Rod McKuen are two of my all time favorite entertainers. I have always loved all the actors and performers of my parent's generation like, Mickey Rooney, Judy Garland, Bob Hope, and Bing Crosby.

Meeting Jan and Mickey Rooney

My favorite movie is Meet Me In St. Louis, and my second favorite is Lady In White(Frank LaLoggia). I have been so blessed to have gotten to know Rod McKuen I was thrilled to have met Mickey Rooney, and have developed an online friendship with my mentor Frank LaLoggia the writer, director, producer, and actor.


I love to cook, bake, decorate my home, garden, oil painting, crafts, and entertain company. My favorite thing is to add Pizzazz to everything, "Why have ordinary if you can have extraordinary?"

I had some injuries to my spine and left side in 2004 during a fall. Since that time I have been blessed to have my two daughters and several grandchildren that help me accomplish all those things I have always enjoyed doing before the fall.In turn through my direction they have learned to expand on their own creative energies!

"Bloom where you are planted!"

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