Magnificence in the Mundane

August 22, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Summer 2017: Car Conversations

I, like many mothers I know, spend a large portion of every day in my car. I often wonder what my big, old Yukon would say if it could talk. We spend a lot of time together, so it knows me pretty well. As I was waiting for smelly people to get in the car […]

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August 21, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Summer 2017: ANTagonized

This is the text I got Saturday while on a date with my husband… “There are ants all over the counter. I got rid of them though with vinegar.” While I applauded the effort, I was skeptical that the ants had been eviscerated. This was not our first pest rodeo. Despite the fact that we […]

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August 21, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Summer 2017: To Sweden with Love

To the outside world, Sweden is the coolest place on earth. Of course, I am basing this assessment simply on my new IKEA catalog and the singing group ABBA, but they both present pretty compelling cases. My new shiny book is filled with horrible names for beautiful things that I just know would make me […]

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August 18, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Summer 2017: Now We’re Cooking

With college departure T-one week, I am creating a cook book for my oldest to take with him. I am still not 100% sure he will actually follow through and cook two meals a day in his apartment. But, if he gives up midway through the first semester, I’ll be damned if the reason will […]

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August 10, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Summer 2017: Parental Rewind

I basically make a living talking about motherhood and all the trials and tribulations that come with it. I think we would all admit—it ain’t easy. In retrospect, I have no idea how my mother did it! Modern day parents can take advantage of a lot of handy gadgets unavailable to the generation before us. […]

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July 7, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Real Housewives of Potomac 2: Season Finale

I hope you are getting your fix of fireworks somewhere, because there was nothing to ooh and aah over on the season finale of The Real Housewives of Potomac. Last week, we left the 20854 still reeling from the debut of the overdue, over budget yet underwhelming champagne room.  And the way the ladies grilled […]

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June 26, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

DOGtv Might Just be for the Birds

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 I received a survey about DOGtv that simply could not be ignored. Yes people, […]

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June 22, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Real Housewives of Potomac 2: Episode 11 Bust a Move

Whether moving out, moving up, moving on or moving in for the kill– it was a busy week in Potomac. Well technically, the episode began in Bermuda where we left Karen last week snarling off camera with language usually reserved for a Compton street fight. Bulletin: The etiquette police have left the building Karen’s tirade […]

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June 16, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Real Housewives of Potomac 2: Episodes 9 & 10 Have Baggage Will Travel

Thinking I was a slacker for skipping last week’s recap? Well, shame on you and bite your tongue. Last week was basically one big buildup for this week’s Bermuda trip, so I was hoarding my snarky summary for a recap two-fer. The Potomac ladies are tired, ya’ll. They are all running from something and hoping […]

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June 2, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Real Housewives of Potomac 2 Episode 8 If You Wannabe

What would happen if we made the RHOP and the Spice Girls twinsies for just one episode? BFFs F-O-R-E-V-E-R that’s what! I mean the most famous Spice Girl song “Wannebe” pretty much sums up the ladies of the 20854 in general. More importantly, a girl has to entertain herself somehow while reviewing a very slow […]

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