Welcome to my blog ~John Catanacci

I am retired after completing two careers – one in chemical engineering and then a second in team-building/organizational development. I felt passionate about both careers, loved doing both while making a living for myself and my family, often wondering how someone could get paid to have so much fun. I was quite successful in both careers with plenty of accomplishments I can look back on with pride. And my family had food to eat and a warm place to sleep during our Michigan winters – life was kind.

Throughout all this, though, I always wanted to write but, with a family to support – three sons – I never felt it was practical to attempt writing as a career. Still, I did get a few articles and short stories published along the way – and now, in retirement, I have written a book – a memoir about this amazing woman who, luckily for me, choose me for her husband.

When she died in 2008, I thought, the world needs to know her story. The origin of the book came out of my adoration for her and the way she lived her life. So, I titled the book, Dianna’s Way. The book was published in 2012.

I love writing – it is how I discover what I feel and think, how I sort out what life means to me  . . . and there is another book buried in there.

So, why not share my writing with others? Why not create a blog and see what happens? If nothing else, it will be an online diary, a discipline to keep me writing, read only by me.

~ John Catanacci

Please visit the Dianna’s Way Facebook page

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Dianna - Midland, Mi 1990


  1. Hello there,
    First thing: sorry for my bad english.
    Second thing: I’m curious about your logo ( the vectorial dog face), I’m using it for several years for my g mail account, but I do not seem to remember having taken it from you. Did you draw it?. I’m not interested in copyright or whatelse, just curious. I’m a dog lover too, I have three dogs. I appreciate your work, I like that logo so much, it is the best rappresentative of my inner soul and my connection with dogs and their spirituality.
    I would like to make a patch and attach it to my motorcycle jacket. Can I do that?
    Best regards. Mattia from Italy.

    • Sorry to be so long in replying to your post. Your English is fine and infinitely better than my Italian. Feel free to use the logo anyway you wish. It was created for me by my son, who is a professional artist and I use it as the logo for my blog and any publications I create. By the way, both my mother and father immigrated from Italy to the US. My dad was born in a small town (Casalieri) near Frosinone and my mom in a small town (Faleria) about an hour from Rome. I, myself, have been to Italy twice – has to be one of the most beautiful countries in the world populated by beautiful people. Everything in Italy, it seems, is Art. Best to you and yours.

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