Diane Laney Fitzpatrick, former El Sol volunteer, has published Home Sweet Homes: How Bundt Cakes, Bubble Wrap, and My Accent Helped Me Survive Nine Moves, a humorous memoir and tongue-in-cheek how-to book. The book is available both in paperback and e-book versions on Amazon.com. Home Sweet Homes is a collection of funny stories about Diane’s own cross-country moves with colicky babies, sulky teens, dogs, frogs and goldfish, as well as a survival guide for the moving mom. Diane was a volunteer at El Sol for five years, starting on the Sunday kitchen crew and employer desk, and then as a member of the communications committee. She helped design the center’s website, designed brochures and other publications, and was editor
of El Sol Shines from 2008-2010. She also served on Sunshine Artworks, helping promote El Sol artists’ work and helped organize El Sol’s annual ArtFest. “I can’t say enough about El Sol and the good works they do for the community,” Diane said. “Volunteering at El Sol was one of the most rewarding things I’ve done, and I am so proud of being a part of an organization that contributes so much in so many ways. It has been a thrill to see El Sol grow so much in the past five years. “I’ve said so many times, ‘The best people in Jupiter are at El Sol’ and I sincerely mean that. And incidentally, for anyone moving to Palm Beach County, one of the best ways to fit into your new town is to put on an apron and help out at a charitable organization. That’s what I did at El Sol, shortly after moving to Jupiter, and it helped me to instantly be part of my community.” A former newspaper reporter and editor, Diane worked as a freelance writer while living in Jupiter. She finished writing Home Sweet Homes right before her next move, from Florida to California, in March. Diane moved again a month ago -this time to San Francisco with her husband, Tim. She has three children: Mike, a teacher in Moscow, Russia; Jack, a journalist in Washington, DC.; and Caroline, a student at Florida Atlantic University.