Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

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…

Love Practically

Almost 20 years in, the idea of romance has shifted in our marriage. Don’t get me wrong, I still fully expect to be swept off my feet. I mean, let’s face it, I am so worthy. However, the way I…

I’ve Got You Under My Skin(s)

My dad was the best armchair quarterback who ever lived. As a kid, I was sure they could hear him on the sidelines as he barked orders at the television, bellowing keen analysis at the top of his lungs from…

Annual Last-Minute Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! No, really. It is. Even if you had to delete 1,000 pics just to get one usable Christmas card mailed two weeks later than planned. Even if you can’t bake, bring or…

Mileage Check

People say that 50 is the new 30. Or that age is just a number. But all those adages mean nothing when your age smacks you in the face. Like it did the day I went to test drive a…

Mom MaNAGer

An article about mothers nagging their children was all over social media recently. This piece caught my eye because well, I mean, I’m an expert over here. And guess what I found out? There is no research on the effect…

Criminal Behavior

I am a criminal. Phew. I said it. Wow, it’s freeing actually. But before you start looking at me cross-eyed and whispering behind my back, here’s a news flash. You may be a criminal too and not even know it.…

Back and Forth

A few weeks ago, I sort of forgot that I am a responsible, logical and somewhat old person. I had the brilliant idea of waking up at the crack of dawn and driving to the beach alone. An excellent plan…