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Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Sweetest Holiday

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]

Rescued

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

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It’s been one year since Cagney came into our lives. Her previous owner was a man Chuck and I knew all of our lives, but when he had a stroke and had to go to a nursing home, Cagney was headed to the animal shelter in Florence. Having been in her company on many occasions, […]

Plucking

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

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Here’s one of the valuable lessons I learned from my mother. You see, even today at eighty-three, she sits in front of the magnifying mirror every morning and indulges in the ritual of “plucking,” pulling little hairs from her chin and face. Sometimes I will call her and she’ll say, “Can I call you back? […]

Serendipitous

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

The term “blended family” has become pretty popular nowadays, referring to those who have married and brought children from previous relationships to live together as one new family. But mine was nothing like that. There must be a name for what I had. Chuck calls it a skeleton family, ‘cause he says just when he […]

Hot Stuff

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

My husband, Chuck, has always loved cooking on his outdoor grill, but ever since he heard me drooling loudly over Tyler Florence of the Food Network he has become more interested in grilling than ever before. (Don’t tell him, but I was actually drooling over Tyler himself not necessarily his pork chops, if you know […]

Best Santa Ever

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

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It was a bitter, cold snowstorm that hit New Jersey, one day before Christmas, producing five feet of snow and bringing the whole town to its knees. It was not quite Norman Rockwell-ish but nevertheless a winter wonderland of white. I was ten years old and hoping for a Magnus Chord organ under the tree. […]

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