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Diane DeVaughn Stokes

New Mantra

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

New Mantra

I have always had a sunny disposition. I get up in the morning ready to face the day and any challenges that lie ahead in a positive fashion. I know that irritates some people. A friend of mine who recently spent the weekend with my husband and I said that he has never seen anyone […]

Marital Bliss

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Marital Bliss

Chuck and I have just celebrated our thirtieth anniversary. While we were having dinner in a local restaurant last week, the waiter asked us how we made our marriage last so long. I knew right away how Chuck was going to respond because I’ve heard his little joke a thousand times over the years: His […]

Presto!

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Presto!

“Music is magic for the heart and soul.” That quote may never make the Internet’s list of top musical quotes, but it is my own quote on the topic. Stop and think about it, and you will surely agree. Music can take you back in time, it can transport you to a different place, and […]

Bye-Bye Bunnies

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Bye-Bye Bunnies

Twelve years ago, on my birthday, my husband Chuck announced he was going to play golf with the guys. I was disappointed we were not going to spend the day together, so he told me to go shopping and buy anything I wanted, and he would pay for it. I know most of you would […]

Yenta Forever

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Yenta Forever

Talk about family mishaps! About twenty years ago, after my husband’s father’s death, we went to Sumter to help my mother-in-law downsize. It was a sad time getting rid of many of my father-in-law’s prized possessions, but the one that took the cake was his collection of Playboy magazines. He had hundreds of them, some […]

Apron Strings

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Apron Strings

Now don’t go thinking just because I entitled this piece “Apron Strings” that I’m going to write about spending time in the kitchen with my mom as a kid. No way. That memory is all about my grandmother who loved to cook and gave me the passion I have for creativity in the kitchen. My […]

The List

I kissed so many frogs before I met my prince that I just wasn’t sure I was capable of making the right decision. And so, I prayed about it. Chuck and I met at WPDE-TV 15 in 1983. He was a commercial producer right out of school, and I was the talk show host and […]

Shocking Chakras

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Shocking Chakras

Here is the scene: I am in Antigua on vacation this past November, and while my husband opts for another scuba diving adventure in very rough water that made me turn green before my body even hit the surf the day before, I chose a morning at the resort’s spa. I am not new to […]

Young at “Art”

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Young at "Art"

Many years ago, I played Auntie Mame in the Broadway musical Mame. She is one of the most endearing of all Broadway heroines. She is kooky, off the wall and ready for any type of adventure to brighten and heighten her life. One of my favorite songs from that show is a song she sings […]

Tree of Life

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Tree of Life

Joyce Kilmer said in his famous poem, “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” And yes, Joyce was a man, which may come as a shock to some of you. He was born in 1886 in New Brunswick, New Jersey, wrote his famous poem in 1913 and was […]

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