Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

First Person

Chopped The best thing about this whole writing gig is the ability to work from home. What’s even better is that I don’t bother feigning any sort of professionalism by toiling away in my home office. Nope, I wander all…

First Person: The Sky Is the Limit

Remember the solar eclipse back in August? We all put on glasses we hoped wouldn’t scorch our retinas and stared right into the sun. We weren’t sure about the science of it all, but we looked anyway. Then, we went…

Let the Flag Uncurl

Welp, the Winter Olympics are a wrap. I don’t know about you, but this one was sort of weird for me. The time difference made for more human interest reporting than live action. I am fully aware now that Hoda…

First Person: Stormy Weather

People assume that writers have the right words for any occasion. That theory may hold true if you give me ample time to craft something. However, there are times when I have been known to stumble all over myself. Wakes…

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,…