Category: Views

The Money Tree

Preparing to move a child into a college dorm is like driving down the road and throwing perfectly good money out the window. The bills just disappear in the wind, leaving nothing to show for it. One would assume that…

First Person

“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 Phrase That Makes My Kids Better People

Parenting, in a nutshell, is bossing around the people you birthed for 18 years or so. But some days, it felt as if all I did was bark orders at my children. I disliked this one-dimensional approach to life with…

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…