Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

Criminal Behavior

I am a criminal. Phew. I said it. Wow, it’s freeing actually. But before you start looking at me cross-eyed and whispering behind my back, here’s a news flash. You may be a criminal too and not even know it.…

Back and Forth

A few weeks ago, I sort of forgot that I am a responsible, logical and somewhat old person. I had the brilliant idea of waking up at the crack of dawn and driving to the beach alone. An excellent plan…

The Kleenex Chronicles

The guy scooping gelato at the Carmen’s cart is onto me. Damn. The way he is pretending not to stare but totally eyeing me up is a dead giveaway. I am used to it. Sigh. I blink and blink again.…

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…