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More than Words

By Diane Stark

More than Words

“Four tickets to Return of the Jedi, please,” Mom told the movie theatre clerk. “It’s nearly sold out,” she said. “You probably won’t be able to sit together.” “That’s OK. My son is going to see this movie even if I have to stand up in the back of the theatre.” The clerk smiled. “You’re […]

Summer Camp – for Grown-ups

I was 15 and utterly miserable. I had devoted my entire summer to becoming a counselor at the Christian summer camp I’d attended as a child. It was something I’d always wanted to do, but before I could become a counselor, I had to spend three weeks at the “camp” across the lake. It was […]

The Amazing Invisible Mom

“I could hardly believe it when that lady nearly backed into us in the grocery store parking lot,” I griped to my children. “I have a million things to do today, and I did not have time for a car wreck.” The kids nodded, but I could tell they weren’t really listening. They were sitting […]

Our All Included Cruise

“So we rented a fifteen-passenger van and the eleven of us are driving from Indiana to Miami,” I explained to a friend about our impending spring break trip. “Are you kidding me? How did you let this happen?” She shook her head. “It sounds like a train wreck.” I shrugged. “I know the drive down […]

A Miracle Mile Miracle

By Diane Stark

A Miracle Mile Miracle

“I’m ditching school tomorrow,” I announced proudly to my friends at the lunch table in our high school’s cafeteria. Their eyes grew wide, and who could blame them? This was big news. My friends and I were part of the Honor Society Set. Not exactly the kids who skipped school. “You are?” One friend asked. […]

Feeling Ten Feet Tall

By Diane Stark

Feeling Ten Feet Tall

“Daddy, can we give Mommy her present now? Please…” My three-year-old son, Nathan, begged. He looked at me and sing-songed, “You’re gonna like your present.” My husband Eric grinned. “All right, Nathan, go get your brothers and sisters. We’ll let Mommy open her present.” Nine-year-old Julia came downstairs first. “Mommy, we made you a list […]

Finally Organized?

By Diane Stark

Finally Organized?

I’m always looking for the next big thing. In organizational tools, that is. I’m a sucker for containers that will supposedly organize my stuff. I love to buy school supplies that I think might help me become more organized so I can get more writing done. (Recently I found a purse-size notebook with a pen […]

Old News

By Diane Stark

Old News

“Oh, Honey, I’m so sorry,” my sister said, hugging me. “We’re all still in shock.” She was in shock? I was the one whose marriage had just fallen apart. I was in my parents’ basement, trying to survive our first family gathering since my not-so-happy announcement. More hugs. More sympathetic looks. I knew they meant […]

The Mail Mix-Up

By Diane Stark

The Mail Mix-Up

“Cassie gave me some of our mail today,” my 13-year-old daughter, Lea, said as she handed me an envelope. “Thank you, Honey,” I said. “And tell Cassie and her mom I said thanks.” “I don’t know why they keep getting our mail,” Lea said. “I mean, I know we have the same house number, but […]

Invisible Love?

By Diane Stark

Invisible Love?

“Is my secret word a fork?” Jordan asked. “Yes! You got it! You won!” Both of his sisters yelled. My children were sitting at the kitchen table, playing a game. They had taken a stack of index cards and written a secret word on each one. Without looking at the word on the card, they […]

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