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Diane DeVaughn Stokes

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 […]

Who Am I?

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Who Am I?

Lately, I have been thinking about my roots. No, not the ones on my head because I see JP my hair-dresser every single month, and she takes care of that. It’s more about my lineage and who came before me. There are several TV shows that detail the past of well-known stars. The show’s researchers […]

In the Bag!

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

In the Bag!

September 29, 1984 – the day I married my prince. Oh yea, I kissed a lot of frogs before I got to him, but God finally sent him my way. Chuck likes to say that I would not have been ready for someone as sweet and nice as he until I got the troublemakers out […]

Bosom Buddies

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Bosom Buddies

It was the mid-seventies. I was young. She was young. My career was just beginning. Hers was too. I had big hair and big boobs. Her mane and upper torso were even bigger. But she could flat out sing a song, and light up the room with her vocals and sassy southern drawl better than […]

Not Good in Bed

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Not Good in Bed

Well, hopefully with a title like that you did not rush to reading this thinking it was going to be some kind of kinky story. If so, you will be disappointed. Actually though, it is kinky in another kind of way. Let me explain. I have always loved animals and if my husband would let […]

Out of This World

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Out of This World

As I travel down the memory lane of Mother’s Days past, there is one that really stands out in my mind as bigger than life. The celebration was not for me of course, as I am only the mother of cats. Four years of fertility drugs, sex in weird positions, boxers for my husband rather […]

It’s All About Heart

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

It's All About Heart

It isn’t about blood. It isn’t about roots or heritage. It’s all about HEART. I’m talking about family. Yes, I have to admit there is an incredible bond when you meet up with cousins you have not seen in forty years, and you pick up where you left off. Or when you attend a family […]

Peace Be With You

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Peace Be With You

Possessed. Yes, some folks would describe me as possessed when it comes to being organized. I know my husband does. And you may say the same thing about me when you hear how persnickety I am about certain aspects of my life. In fact, there are times I want to scream if I am feeling […]

Chilling Out Sonoma Style

By Diane DeVaughn Stokes

Chilling Out Sonoma Style

To escape the winter doldrums about a decade ago, Chuck and I headed to the California wine country of Napa and Sonoma. Who needed an excuse to drink wine, eat great food and chill out beneath the California sun? The area is beautiful, and one winery after the other welcomes patrons into their lobbies featuring […]

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