About me

Hi, I’m Diane and I love to read, I love to write and I love to talk!  I used to work in public relations for a not-for-profit organization, but recently found the only thing I’d been writing was our Christmas newsletter.  So now I blog — sometimes about books I’m reading and sometimes just about life…

I have a big blended family, too many pets, and a wonderful group of friends. We lunch, we shop, we drink wine, we travel and never, ever run out of things to talk about.  Thanks for stopping by, you can join us for lunch any time!

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  1. I love your tagline – wine with lunch is such a treat, isn’t it?

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  2. Glad to have discovered your blog 🙂 Love the content here and your blog is so warm and comfy.. I am not sure if that is the apt description for a blog but thats how it made me feel!! Not to mention the wittiness in most of your posts 🙂 Hoping to connect with you more in this awesome blogosphere 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much!! I just visited and followed you, too!

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      1. Thanks a tonn 🙂 Your visit and follow means a lot 🙂 Much appreciated ❤

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  3. Hi Diane, it’s a pleasure to meet you. I wanted to pop in to say hello and to thank you for visiting my blog and liking one of my posts. I look forward to reading your posts. ~Steph

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    1. Thank you, Stephanae. I’m glad you came by.

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  4. Thank you for following my blog. Where is the lunch at?

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    1. Anywhere is good, as long as there’s friends and wine!

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  5. Hi Diane, I ,too, love to read and write and I LOVE cats. I have a core group of friends who I share a book club with and we lunch often, talk lots. Oh, and the wine,too. One of them especially is a great conversationalist whereas I am only comfortable around friends. I am so pleased that you like Buddy’s posts and every “like” is important to me. Buddy welcomes any cat or dog, or any critter, who would like to do a guest post on Foster Cat Chats.. His blog is species friendly. LOL. Let me know if you are interested.

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    1. Oh, you are sweet! I have two old dogs and they might be interested. I will ask them, lol

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  6. Hi there! Seen your link at Jacqueline’s party and wanted to say hi! I am now going to try and figure out where I have to go to follow you. Lol I liked your candy heart post too! *smiles* 🙂 your way!

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    1. Thanks, Annette! If you look at the right side of my blog, you should be able to click on the blue wordpress button to follow. Glad you like my blog. Jackie is great, isn’t she?

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      1. I thank you for the tip I was on my cell and I am blind as a bat nowadays lol. I did get it figured out and I am following. 🙂

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  7. thank you for this nice page about
    Very beautiful blog
    I just discover your blog and I find that it’s very beautiful and with posts interessant
    I’m from Madagascar
    I follow your publications and I invite you to visit my blog: https://femmeetinfos.wordpress.com and follow mine too
    Waiting for you
    Best regards
    Anita

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  8. Loved your intro and tagline. I am definitely sticking around to find out more 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and glad you like the blog. I’ll be over to visit!

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      1. You’re most welcome! 🙂

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  9. Nice to meet you Diane. I’d like to drop by for the occasional lunch if you don’t mind. I may just join you in a glass of wine too. (or is that two?!!)

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    1. Hi, nice to meet you, too! Lunch anytime and definitely two glasses of wine. After all, it’s not like we’re driving! Thanks so much for coming by, I’ll be over to visit you, too

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  10. What fun! Thanks for finding me over at roughwighting. I’m following your now and looking forward to reading your great posts.

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    1. Thanks for the follow, nice of you to come by!

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  11. Heyaa Diane, Just wanted to share something with you 🙂 One of my friends was doing a meet and greet and her theme was awards for blogs.I nominated you for Most Inspirational Blog Award:) The description goes like this for the award. “Inspires, motivates and possibly even challenges you!” This is not a real award I guess, but I just wanted to let you know 🙂 You can check what I described about you here and I mean every word of it:)

    https://therichnessofasimplelife.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/next-mg-2/comment-page-2/#comment-3273

    Cheers to our blogging relationship 🙂

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    1. Well, aren’t you the sweetest? I will definitely check it out and thank you so much!

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  12. What could be a nicer way than to spend your days having fun with family, meeting friends for lunch and travelling. Happy Days!

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    1. Well, thanks for stopping by. Happy days to you, too!

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  13. […] Here is a perfect example of a reason to enjoy blogging – “a little lunch, a little wine, a LOT of talking”. Diane loves to read, loves to write and loves to talk. She shares everything worthwhile and I guarantee her blog will make you smile. Pop in and visit Diane at ladieswholunchreviews. […]

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  14. Heyaaa Diane!I have nominated you for the Sunshine Blogger Award and One Lovely Blog Award ❤ It is a great privilege nominating one of my all-time favourite blogs for these awards 🙂 You can check the rules in the below post and looking really forward to your answers ❤
    https://gameplanhappilyeverafter.wordpress.com/2016/04/23/its-raining-awards/

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    1. You are so sweet. It may take a little time, but I will look into it. Thank you for such a lovely honor!

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      1. You are most welcome Diane 🙂 I know it takes some time. But I had you in my mind all through when I was thinking whom to nominate 🙂 And would love to see you answering those questions 😉

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  15. Diane, I have to apologize. I just learned today that you left four comments on various posts on my blog. They were marked as spam for some unknown reason. I will keep checking that from now on. As I find them now that they are where they are supposed to be, I will acknowledge them! Thanks for visiting my site!

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    1. No problem, I seem to always end up in people’s spam! Just word press, I think 🙂

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  16. a very interesting profile.
    many greetings

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    1. Thank you, and thanks for coming by!

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  17. fromdreamtoplan | Reply

    Hi Diane! Happy to have found your blog, I love the name you’ve chosen! 🙂
    Looking forward to following you! 🙂

    https://fromdreamtoplan.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you so much for coming by. I will be over to visit soon!

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      1. fromdreamtoplan

        Oh thank you! 🙂

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  18. Hello. I wonder if you would consider reviewing my,poetry book. I would be happy to send you a complementary copy. When I first started blogging I used to post a lot of poetry but stopped so that I could use the material for competitions and ended up having enough for my first book. An excerpt just got printed in our local museum magazine for guides and you can see that in my latest blog post. A review would be such a boost! So, what do you think?

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    1. Of course, I would love to! My email is dzduke@sbcglobal.net. I did see the excerpt in your post, lovely.

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  19. […] Diane @ LadiesWhoLunchReviews,etc […]

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  20. Diane,
    I just want to drop a note and say, that you are a blessing!!
    ❤ ❤ Dajena

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    1. Dajena, you have me in tears, happy tears! Thank you, my dear ❤

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  21. […] Diane @LadiesWhoLunchReviews, etc. […]

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  22. So happy to meet you! I read your post about dividing the check with you friends and it sounded so much like me and my friends that I laughed out loud! BTW I would have been the one with the glass of wine (maybe two 😉). Can’t wait to read more about your adventures.

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    1. Thanks, Nancy, for stopping by. I liked your blog a lot, too!

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  23. I’ve published your lovely interview/chat. Thank you for doing this Diane. I appreciate 🙂

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  24. Hi Diane, thanks for the comment on my recent post 😊 As threatened, I’ve come to look through yours and, well, follow you….hope you don’t mind 😊

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    1. are you kidding? I’m delighted you visited!

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      1. Maybe 😊 But one does try to be polite when engaging in a newly discovered blog 🙃

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  25. Hiya Dee,
    I’ve nominated you for the Sunshine Award – ta-daaa!
    I’ve chosen you for this prestigious award because you’ve interacted with my blog sometime in the last couple of hours – so you only have yourself to blame! 😀
    The direct link to your nomination is https://levishedated.wordpress.com/2016/07/26/sunshine-award/
    I hope you have fun with my questions. 🙂
    Kindness – Robert.

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    1. Well, as long as your criteria is so special, sure, why not?

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  26. Hello 👋👋😘 having lost you for months i decided to search out why!
    Your gravitar isn’t linked to your blog *gasp* so I press your avi and just get a lovely photo but no link. http://Christhereadigapewordpress.com/ helped me link mine. I Hope not to loose you again 😇😇

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    1. Well, thanks, I have no idea about that, but I’ll try to fix it!

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    2. Sorry the link is broken 😯 i missed the s https… see I am rubbish at tech stuff. Good job there are people to call occasionally 😇

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      1. Chris the reading ape is on wordpress and has loads of posts about such things to assist friendly folk.😇

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    1. Thank you, how very nice of you!

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      1. No problem. I love your blog so it was easy!

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  27. […] Diane at LadiesWhoLunchReviews,etc […]

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  28. I really think your blog is great.

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    1. Thank you so much! I’m going over to yours now!

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      1. Thanks, be warned some of the content is a bit naughty.

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      2. Thanks for the warning 🙂

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      3. Most of it’s movie reviews but occasionally it’s sexy.

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      4. That’s okay, I’m over 18 😀

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      5. Good to know. If you like your movies, you’ll probably love my blog.

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  29. Diane, very nice to meet and learn more about you. Thank you for following my blog, I will certainly take time to visit yours as well. I hope your day is a happy one! 🙂

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    1. Thanks, Terry, I’m wishing you much luck in your fight against bladder cancer. I’m just beginning my own journey with breast cancer and although it’s sometimes confusing and scary, I’ve been impressed with all the advances in the medical field. Stay positive xo

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      1. Thanks Diane, we will be strong and positive together. 🙂

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  30. […] Jacqueline Oby-Ikocha’s fabulous introduction post, I was already certain Diane Duke would be a friend for life. From inception, Ladies Who Lunch Reviews, Etc blew up with […]

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  31. Hi Diane! I just realized that I hadn’t read your About page yet. 🙂 How beautiful.
    I love that you set yourself up with a blog so you can write – this seems so supportive to me.
    I am grateful to know you here in virtual blog land. Sending many blessings your way. Thanks for being here…. Love, Debbie

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, I’m glad you are here, too!

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  32. You are in my prayers, Diane.

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  33. Thinking about you today and I hope all goes well!

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  34. Hello, Diane. I found you at Jacqueline’s blog party. How could I not enjoy a blog with a name and tagine such as yours! I look forward to reading more as a new follower.

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    1. Thanks, Robin, I stopped over to see you, too. Thanks much for the follow, looking forward to reading more of your poetry!

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  35. There’s a lot to be said for travel …
    Can I go back home now? 🙂
    Kindness – SBF.

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    1. Thank you for visiting! That means a lot to me…

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      1. See, now you’ve ruined it. 🙂 (to show I’m just kidding!)

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      2. I don’t even know what you mean – smile or otherwise. What’s wrong with smiling now? 🙂

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      3. Oh, I thought you were being facetious with your accommodation…

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      4. And I thought it was that you thought that ‘accommodating’ was a bad thing – like I was visiting just to please you rather than because I actually want to visit and enjoy the things you write. Sigh – will I never understand the world?!

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      5. No, that’s exactly what I thought! You understand me perfectly. Perhaps I didn’t say it quite right 🙂

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      6. You better, cause I love you, SBF!

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  36. Hi just found your blog. What drew me to it you asked? The wine part, the talk part, the reading part, the pets part..love it all. As a mom of 5 and grandma of 9 I relate to getting together with the ladies for lunch – in fact I will be retiring soon in order to do more luncheons with the ladies…..and more wine drinking!

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    1. Oh, that’s wonderful! Congratulations and welcome, I’m very glad you stopped by!

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  37. Egg and chips and a lovely cup of tea that’s the lunch I’d share with thee.

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      1. You know I dont share me chips with many!

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  38. Finally, I know your name. Hello Diane, thank you for tagging me (yeah right). Now I will lose half of my followers because of my music taste lol.

    I am Bridget

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  39. I tried to find your email darling when I made the decision to go back to the way I started blogging. I didn’t want you to think I just abandoned you, sis. I can be reached at psaintsmith @ gmail dot com

    Lots a love!

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