Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

Run Toward the Car

The night after Thanksgiving a relative got the call every parent dreads. The call notifying them that their 18-year-old son had been in a serious accident. He was a passenger in a car that slid off a winding road, hit…

The Future Is Now

The box sat in the corner unopened for days. Perhaps we knew once opened, the contents of that box would change our lives forever, so it was critical to get the timing just right. For in that carton was a…

The Money Tree

Preparing to move a child into a college dorm is like driving down the road and throwing perfectly good money out the window. The bills just disappear in the wind, leaving nothing to show for it. One would assume that…

First Person

“My goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?” —Dr. Seuss Somehow, amid the deafening crescendo of the cicadas, the summer is behind us. Personally, I’m with the good Doctor on this one. Where…

Road Trip

It was the perfect plan. In fact, I used the word “seamless” to recap the first leg of our journey to the University of South Carolina (USC) for new student orientation with my son Mac. So, really, I jinxed myself…

The Kon of KonMari

Last January we celebrated 16 years in our house, the home we built from the ground up, selecting finishes and amenities we were sure would last a lifetime. I mean, it seemed so big then, like we would never fill…

Breaking Point

Did you have a good spring break? Do a little traveling and recharge your batteries? Great. Great. Good for you. I know you were worried, so I will allay your fears. The Stiles held down the fort while you were…

Angels on Venus and Mars

I don’t know how things go in your house, but here at Chez Stiles there is an American Gladiator-style battle for the remote every night. The struggle to find balance between BRAVO and ESPN is real, people. This tug-of-war was…