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Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Rescued

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Rescued

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

Plucking

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

Best Santa Ever

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. […]

Dog Days of Summer

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Dog Days of Summer

I have always heard the term “Dog Days of Summer” and knew it had to do with the hottest time of the year which supposedly is a result of the Dog Star “Sirius” and its placement in the heavens near the sun. That was all I knew, until this summer. Then it happened. Our lives […]

Pussyfooting Pals

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Pussyfooting Pals

We would all agree that our pets give us more love than we could ever give them. I once heard a friend say that he wished that he were as good as his dog thinks he is. I feel that way about my two white adult kitties adopted from local shelters. They look at me […]

Spam Magnet

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Spam Magnet

The world of technology is simply amazing isn’t it? And even though in many ways it has helped to make our lives easier, it has also bogged us down quite a bit! I wish I understood it better. Just last month I simply researched a vacation in Umbria for 2016, and the next thing I […]

Photo Finish

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Photo Finish

She was my godmother, my mother’s only sibling, four years older than my mom, but very different. She was my precious Aunt Jean: Barbie-doll body, impeccable clothes, expensive taste, lots of make-up and false eyelashes, but classy in every way. She was like another mother to me, as she and her daughter, Elaine, came to […]

From Pee to Perfect

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

From Pee to Perfect

Nothing leading up to our wedding was traditional. Even as Chuck was on one knee on the beach proposing to me, a homeless man came out from under the hotel pool deck and tried to pee on us, but we refused to let him rain on our parade. Then, Chuck got a speeding ticket as […]

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