Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

SPAM A LOT

In this age of social media and rampant technology, I have accepted the fact that Big Brother is watching me. It would appear as if he truly wants me to have a better life. Big Brother has decided the best…

Scared Straight

I’ve been wondering lately, why I have to scare the bejeezus out of my kids to get them to do anything. I have tried every approach in the book, but good old-fashioned, pee-in-your-pants fear is the one that gets ‘er…

Same Old Lang Syne

Theoretically, a new year should be filled with mystery about the great unknown for the 365 days ahead. But even with the big, blank canvas that is 2015, I realize there are some things that are just inevitable. I am…

My Holiday Gift Guide

‘Tis the season to be totally panicked about gifts. Have no fear, I have compiled a list of items that caught my eye. All perfect for last minute gifting. You’re welcome in advance. Really, it is my honor: The NO…

Three Little Words

“Why?” This is the mantra of toddlers everywhere—and the bane of toddler parents everywhere. Although listening to the word “why” on continuous loop can try anyone’s patience, at this innocent stage of the game, the questions were pretty easy to…

Learning Curve II

A few months ago I wrote about Mac getting his Learner’s Permit. Now with some practice under our belts and many, many conversations about the literal interpretation of the Driver’s Manual, it is time to share the unwritten rules of…

A Word From Our Sponsors

Every year when the Super Bowl rolls around, the hype around the commercials is as fervent as the game itself. That is because, by and large, commercials are too insufferable to watch the other 364 days of the year. It…

Learning Curve

I have had 15 years and 9 months to prepare for this moment, and all that time has shown me is that you can never really be prepared for this moment. The Learner’s Permit. Permission to learn to drive a…