Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

Falling Back

I sort of get the whole Daylight Savings gig, what with the kids and the bus stop and all that. Yet, when the time change rolled around this year, I found myself jealous of all the New Englanders petitioning to…

Phonetics

This is a tale of survival. I share it with the intent of helping others if ever they find themselves in the same harrowing circumstances. Take heed, people, because if I can survive without a phone for 48 hours, there…

Summer Snapshots

Well, it is official: Summer is a wrap. We have the dog swim as solid proof. We were short on relaxation this year with jobs, sports and bizarre staph infections but there were some highlights. Here are my random thoughts…

MRSA-fully

This was the first year my youngest son competed in winter swim meets and ramped up his year-round training. The goal was a redemptive return to the Montgomery County Swim League’s (MCSL) All-Star meet held each July. He had qualified…

The Myth, the Man

When you are the mother of all boys, everyone has a comment. For all the folks that tell me I am a saint, thank you and I concur. I rock. JUST LIKE ALL MOTHERS. People pity us, pray for us…

DOGtv Might Just Be for the Birds

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Singularly unimpressed, Murphy opened only one eye for DOGtv’s “Dog Park.”

When you write for a living, people are always suggesting topics to cover. I ignore most of them because my life is fodder enough—and because I am inherently lazy and writing about the old homestead takes zero research. But recently,…

The Big Picture

My kids are constantly asking me to look at something. Usually it is a YouTube video of a buzzer beater or the latest animal to become an Internet sensation. I have gotten less and less adept at feigning interest. Well,…

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:…