Author Archive for Maureen Stiles

Annual Last-Minute Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! No, really. It is. Even if you had to delete 1,000 pics just to get one usable Christmas card mailed two weeks later than planned. Even if you can’t bake, bring or…

Mileage Check

People say that 50 is the new 30. Or that age is just a number. But all those adages mean nothing when your age smacks you in the face. Like it did the day I went to test drive a…

Mom MaNAGer

An article about mothers nagging their children was all over social media recently. This piece caught my eye because well, I mean, I’m an expert over here. And guess what I found out? There is no research on the effect…

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…