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Diane Stark

I have five children. Three of them I acquired the normal way – nine months of heartburn and hemorrhoids, followed by no less than 17 hours of unpleasant sensations in my abdominal area. But looking back, I count those days as some of the best in my life. (Motherhood is funny that way.) My other […]

The Hug-inator

By Diane Stark

One of my children’s favorite cartoons is called “Phineas and Ferb.” It’s about these two boys who happened to be named – yeah, you guessed it – Phineas and Ferb. There’s also a bad guy who’s a lot more dorky than he is evil, and a platypus turned spy named Perry. (Yeah, I know, it’s […]

I’m not the least bit art-y. And I’m not at all musical either. Unfortunately, Indiana University’s School of Education didn’t get the memo. They thought they could magically transform me into some half-note-reading, treble-clef-drawing, acrylic-paint-using Mother Earth type. Yeah, well, I’m a lost cause. The ability is simply not there. But I really wanted to […]

My husband Eric proposed to me in the parking lot of a Burger King. No, I’m not kidding, and please stop laughing. In my husband’s defense, he didn’t plan to ask me in the parking lot of a fast food restaurant. He’d planned something more romantic on two different occasions, but an error at the […]

We’re Worth It

By Diane Stark

I woke up early to a gorgeous July morning. The sunlight was already streaming through my window, and I knew it was going to be an absolute scorcher. As I padded down the hallway to the kitchen – and the coffee pot – I could hear my children discussing what they were going to do […]

On Tuesday my husband of 10 years told me – over the phone, mind you – that he was no longer in love with me and he wanted out of our marriage; a marriage that had produced two children who were just three and six at that time. On Wednesday, I watched silently as he […]

“Why did he get that? I didn’t get one,” I said countless times throughout my childhood. “That’s not fair.” “Life will not always be fair,” my mother would say in her oh-so-patient voice. I hated when she said that. As a child, I wanted things to be fair. All the time. Even when it didn’t […]

“Here comes the bride, all fat and wide! Where is the groom, he’s in the bathroom,” sang my daughter and my very-soon-to-be stepdaughter. They looked absolutely adorable in their flower girl dresses. “Hey!” I said, shooting them a look in the rearview mirror. “When we get to that church and I put on my dress, […]

I’m a list person. I have a To-Do list for just about every aspect of my life. I have a list for chores that need to be done around the house. I have another list for tasks that need to be accomplished at my job as a kindergarten teacher. I have a list of things […]

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