Welcome to my site!

orange_floral.jpgThis website includes Marie’s Jewelry’s online catalog, Jan Kobe and Sandi Stonebaker’s artwork, a community partner’s section as well as past months’ editions of Email of the Month. Enjoy!


Marie’s Jewelry began in 1993 when Marie and her good friend Amanda began selling beaded jewelry at local summer fairs and also to friends and family. Since then, Marie has sold jewelry to various stores and individuals throughout the East Coast and Midwestern United States.

Email of the Month began as Email of the Week in 1999 when Marie ventured away from her home in Philadelphia to attend college in Washington D.C. at the Catholic University of America. Email of the Week was created as a way for Marie to keep in touch with her friends and family whom she missed while at college. Since 1999, Marie’s email newsletters have offered readers from across the country a unique balance of depth and humor. These email newsletters include Marie’s personal essays, poems, and fictional short-stories as well as interviews, trivia questions, recipes, and book suggestions.

About the Monthly Writer and Illustrator

Jan Kobe illustrates Email of the Month. Jan has experience illustrating for Hallmark cards. She is currently a wellness team member at the Wyandot Center where she facilitates the art program. Jan resides in Kansas City, Kansas.

Marie DiMenna, who writes Email of the Month, has lived in the Kansas City area for the past three years. Marie currently resides in Merriam, Kansas, which is a suburb of Kansas City. Marie is a mental health social worker at the Wyandot Center for Community Behavioral Healthcare as well as a Masters of Social Work student. Marie is a member of the Kansas City Center of Light. Marie enjoys reading, decorating her apartment, and spending time outdoors when the weather’s nice.

  • 1. Karen Mimmo Strumlak  |  October 24th, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Maria, we have lost touch again, but I am so happy to own Maria jewelry. Hope all is well with you? Where are you? Love, Karen

  • 2. Marie  |  October 26th, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Thanks for the comment, Karen. I am still living in Kansas. I have been here for 6 years now. How are you? Thanks for the Christmas card. Please send me an email if you have time. Marie

  • 3. Jacob  |  October 16th, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I was searching for Kestrel and came acrsos your blog. I am happy to see that there is a female pro triathlete in the area (I am in KC) and you are riding a Kestrel!! I used to race pro years ago and I have been riding my Kestrel for 20 years. I am actually in the market to buy one again and possibly race again of course this time not as a pro. I coach and try to keep triathlon and swimming alive in this area (kids tri etc.) Anyway great to read about you and I will be following you! Good luck.fellow Kestrel fan .

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