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Diane DeVaughn Stokes

New Years Dance

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

New Years Dance

Have you ever been out somewhere and the smoke was so bad that you had to take your clothes off in your garage so you did not get the smell in the house? That has been my life story because I am allergic to cigarette smoke. Not only does it make me teary eyed and […]

Monkey Business

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Monkey Business

Rah! Rah! Rah! Once a cheerleader, always a cheerleader; that’s what they say! Yet, so many times, I have tried to be athletic about something. I actually almost had a shot at it in high school when I was selected for the volleyball team, but we moved six weeks later and that was the end […]

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 […]

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