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The Birthday Bear

By Diane Stark

I went to the mall to buy you a birthday present, but the lady at the store was really rude to me,” my husband said as he came home from work on my 24th birthday, just a few days before Thanksgiving. “She was rude?” I said, struggling to stand up as my enormously pregnant belly […]

When I was a brand new, 23-year-old teacher, I envied the 30-something teachers. They’d taught for a while, and they knew what worked and what didn’t. I was fumbling through my first year of teaching, putting in a lot of time, but still making a lot of mistakes. The more experienced teachers were able to […]

Earning His Love

By Diane Stark

I fell in love with her the moment I saw her. Her huge brown eyes. Her beautiful, reddish brown hair. Her pointy little ears. She looked in my eyes and licked my nose, and I knew we had to take her home. She was a ten-week-old, four-pound bundle of fluff. They said she was a […]

Although I’ve been writing for Sasee for over a decade, I’d never visited the Grand Strand. The closest I’d gotten was a family vacation to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville when I was six. I know, it’s not even the same state. But that all changed this past spring break. My husband, Eric, and I […]

I’ve been a freelance writer for the past 12 years. I love my job and the editors I’m currently working for. But I’m also always looking for new magazines to write for too. Because I’m the mom in a blended family, I’m always trying to use that experience to help other women in the same […]

I took a bite of Caesar salad and smiled at the woman across the table. Her name was Angie and I’d known her since our sons – now sophomores in college – were in third grade. That’s when our boys became best friends. For years, she and I had chatted at the boys’ basketball games, […]

My Old Friend Ferris

By Diane Stark

I don’t remember the first time I watched Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, but I know I’ve watched it voluntarily more times than any other movie. I say “voluntarily” because I’ve definitely seen Land Before Time, Frozen, the High School Musical trilogy, and ALL the Star Wars movies more times, but I didn’t really choose to […]

Stronger than We Think

By Diane Stark

In the last two months, our family has wrecked three cars. First, my husband backed into a cement pole in a parking garage. He was driving our seven-passenger SUV, and he just couldn’t see. He didn’t even call to tell me it happened. He just told me about it when he got home. Then three […]

“Nathan, why haven’t you worn your new Star Wars shirt yet?” I asked. My nine-year-old son came into his room where I was filling his clothes organizer with outfits to wear to school in the days ahead. But for the last three weeks, the same outfit had remained in the organizer. I didn’t understand why. […]

A Hero for Halloween

By Diane Stark

“What do you want to be for Halloween this year?” I asked my then four-year-old son, Nathan. “Captain America,” he replied without missing a beat. “Our last name is Stark though,” I said. “I think it would be really cool if you were Iron Man because his real name is Tony Stark.” “Nope. I’m dressing […]

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