Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

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…

Canine Confidential

At 4 a.m. when our dog, Murphy, inexplicably hops up and runs to the top of the stairs with his head cocked to one side and his tail straight as an arrow in the air, I want him to talk…

Graduating Seniors Soar Into Adulthood

Photo | Phil Fabrizio

Quince Orchard High School seniors gathered at Kentlands Mansion for photos on May 23 before departing for the prom held at the Bethesda Hyatt.

High school graduation, and all of its accompanying events, finds seniors on the precipice of their adult lives. With one flip of a tassel, graduates step into the unknown, whether this is heading to college, a job or the military.…

Questionable Behavior

There are times when I need to just run into the store—any store—pick up something and get in and get out. This is usually after I didn’t see the Sign-Up Genius reminder involving food that is due somewhere in an…