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Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Table Talk

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Can we talk? Did you ever have a mental block about something and wondered why in the heck you could not remember how it was done? That’s how I am with technology and computer stuff. But so what? Luckily I am married to a techie who can help me every step of the way! However, […]

Proud Family Ties

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

There are all types of families, more today than ever before, and they all have names. However, I am not talking about “blended” ones or anything like that. As a matter of fact, the family I want to tell you about has no parents or stepparents at all. No one shares the same blood, or […]

Heaven Sent Rainbow

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Ongoing bronchitis led me down the scariest path of my life after finding a 1.2 cm nodule on my lung x-ray. My allergist and internist said it could be scar tissue, and it could be nothing as people can sometimes develop these with age. But both agreed it was better to be safe than sorry, […]

Christmas in July

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Ah, July. This is a very important month for my adorable husband Chuck and me. It was July 28, 1983, when we had our first date. Well, it really wasn’t a date at all. It was a “Christmas in July” celebration at the Holiday Inn in Florence, South Carolina, and our fellow employees at WPDE-TV […]

Wicked

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

She was beautiful. Still is. She had long blonde straight hair flowing down her back. She was only nine years older than me and three months pregnant with my precious baby sister, Cristy. I could not believe that this was my step-mom. Not to mention I had not even met my father yet! But if […]

Sweetest Holiday

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

I want to tell you a story, one that was told to me when I was a kid. It is what I grew up to believe and hope it helps you, and your children and grandchildren tie the Easter season’s religious and secular issues up with a big beautiful bow. Monsignor McCabe was the pastor […]

Home Heartaches

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Home is truly where the heart is. There is no place I would rather be, curled up with our darling dog and two precious cats, our babies, surrounded by all of our stuff collected from thirty-two years of marriage. But our home has presented us with some of our biggest heartaches and trauma as well. […]

The Queen’s English

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

You’ve got to love traveling in order to do it nowadays, and you’ve got to have patience if you travel by air, especially during the holidays. Prepare for long lines, prepare to be annoyed and always buy trip insurance, not just because you may have to cancel your trip, but also because you may miss […]

Laughter – the Best Medicine

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

I am extremely blessed and I know it. Most people my age are not so lucky to still have their moms. But this has been a very tough year in many ways, and that has made me even more grateful to know I can still hug and squeeze her and tell her I love her. […]

Medicare Maze & Mania

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Well, I am surely glad that I have never lied about my age because nowadays even strangers seem to know! For the past six months I have gotten at least three Medicare advisories per day from business after business offering plans for the future. I don’t even know these folks and have never done business […]

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