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Diane Stark

Why I Write

By Diane Stark

“Mom, I’m hungry,” says a child who got up from the dinner table precisely 16 minutes ago. “You can’t be hungry. You just ate,” mutters the overworked, overtired mother of five. “But I am hungry,” the aforementioned child insists. “New rule,” says Mom of Five. “You are not allowed to be hungry again until I’ve […]

Wanna Be Friends?

By Diane Stark

Wanna Be Friends

My To Do List and I have a love-hate relationship. Without it, I forget things. Phone calls don’t get made, and birthday cards don’t get sent. Things – sometimes important things – fall through the cracks. So I write the List because I don’t function well without it. But the truth is that I really […]

Times Have Changed – and So Have I

Is it weird to tell people – even strangers – how much your outfit costs? I hope not because I’ve never been able to refrain from doing it. Something inside me keeps me from simply accepting a compliment. When I was a teen, I saw the need to explain that the compliment was, in fact, […]

Real-Life Romance

By Diane Stark

Real-Life Romance

“Diane, why haven’t you brought the kids over yet?” My mother-in-law said into the phone. “I’m waiting to watch them so you and Eric can go out.” “Eric isn’t home from work yet,” I said, fighting tears “He’s late on your anniversary?” I tried to respond, but my tears took over. “All right, I’m calling […]

The Best Blessings

By Diane Stark

The Best Blessings

“OK, Diane, you’re doing well,” my obstetrician said, snapping off her rubber gloves. “You’re dilated to eight centimeters, so it shouldn’t be much longer.” As a first-time mom, I didn’t know that “not much longer” meant another seven hours. But on that day, I was clueless about more than just the birth process. My husband […]

I was a huge fan of the show Friends. My favorite friend was always Chandler…and Phoebe…and Joey too. Oh, I loved them all. But I think my real favorite was Rachel, played by Jennifer Aniston. She was so interesting, both on the show, and especially in real life – interesting and seemingly perfect. She was […]

A Work in Progress

By Diane Stark

Finally lose that baby weight. Keep my house neater. Be a more patient, loving mom to my kids. Do a better job at work. All of the usual suspects when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions. Most people have made one or two of these at one time or another. But not me. I make […]

Love Can’t Wait

By Diane Stark

“Oh, Honey, I forgot to tell you that I’m going out of town this week,” my husband Eric said during our usual Sunday night briefing regarding the week ahead. “I’ll be leaving on Tuesday morning and coming back late Thursday night.” I nodded, thinking of what the kids and I had going on that week. […]

86,400 Seconds

By Diane Stark

“Cars,” my not-quite-two-year-old son, Nathan, said, pointing at the hanging display of Matchbox cars at our local grocery store. He smiled sweetly and said it again. “Yes, I see those cars,” I said. But Nathan shook his head. “Need cars,” he said. “You already have lots of cars at home,” I said. Nathan shook his […]

The Master Plan

By Diane Stark

“Hey, Honey, the insurance representative is coming to the office tomorrow,” my husband, Eric, said. “I’m going to double my life insurance policy, OK?” “Double it? Do you really think we need that much?” Eric nodded. “Well, since we got married, we’ve doubled the size of our family, so I figured you’d need double the […]

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