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“My goodness how the time has flown. How did it get so late so soon?” —Dr. Seuss Somehow, amid the deafening crescendo of the cicadas, the summer is behind us. Personally, I’m with the good Doctor on this one. Where…

The Kon of KonMari

Last January we celebrated 16 years in our house, the home we built from the ground up, selecting finishes and amenities we were sure would last a lifetime. I mean, it seemed so big then, like we would never fill…

Breaking Point

Did you have a good spring break? Do a little traveling and recharge your batteries? Great. Great. Good for you. I know you were worried, so I will allay your fears. The Stiles held down the fort while you were…

Your Views

Kentlands Kingfish I’m a 17-year Kentlands resident. Both of my kids, now 17 and 19, were members of the Kingfish, one for several seasons and one for over a decade as a swimmer and coach in training. The Kingfish community…

Angels on Venus and Mars

I don’t know how things go in your house, but here at Chez Stiles there is an American Gladiator-style battle for the remote every night. The struggle to find balance between BRAVO and ESPN is real, people. This tug-of-war was…

Love Practically

Almost 20 years in, the idea of romance has shifted in our marriage. Don’t get me wrong, I still fully expect to be swept off my feet. I mean, let’s face it, I am so worthy. However, the way I…

I’ve Got You Under My Skin(s)

My dad was the best armchair quarterback who ever lived. As a kid, I was sure they could hear him on the sidelines as he barked orders at the television, bellowing keen analysis at the top of his lungs from…

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…