Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

House Rules

Some days, parenthood feels like one big bureaucracy. Being successful at the parenting game is like a never ending congressional session; complicated, long and divisive. Let’s face it people, fairly representing diverse groups is hard; everyone has an agenda that…

Sooner or Later

They say that opposites attract and I guess my marriage is living proof of that. While we share the same fundamental values, our approach to everyday life is a study in contrast. My neat husband tolerates my love of piles…

Lottery Did Not Change My Life

I believe there are two kinds of luck. You can be lucky in that you land on your feet time and time again despite little effort and even less logic. Or you can possess luck that lets you win things:…

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…