Magnificence in the Mundane

December 1, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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The Future Is Now

The box sat in the corner unopened for days. Perhaps we knew once opened, the contents of that box would change our lives forever, so it was critical to get the timing just right. For in that carton was a robotic vacuum and all of my happiness. I do sort of hate that I am […]

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October 17, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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The Money Tree

Preparing to move a child into a college dorm is like driving down the highway 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 you would have things—tangible items—after spending all that money but realistically nearly everything either gets […]

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September 1, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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Day 12: “To Siri With Love..”

Dear Siri, I admit, the first time I heard your perfectly modulated, computer enhanced voice, I was mesmerized. I applauded those geniuses at Apple for making us all futuristic like the Jetsons. We pushed that button often, just because we could. But a mere five years later I’m more than a little unmesmerized. Is that […]

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August 29, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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Day 11: Say It Ain’t So (An Olympic Tale)

The kids come down in the morning, collapse on the couch, hit the remote and sigh as they remember the Olympics are over. I know how they feel. See, we are simply Olympic people. Ok, maybe Olympic addicts with an issue that needs to be looked into. The television was on all day for two […]

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August 24, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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Days 9 &10: The Fullness in Goodbye

As we turned out of the parking lot, the empty bins rattled around in the hatch of the car, much like the thoughts rattled around my brain. My mind raced from images of yesterdays when he was still in our midst to worry that I didn’t convey everything when I had the chance and finally […]

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August 23, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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Day 8: Summer Song Road Trip

After 16 hours in the car over two days, I was thanking the genius who invented Satellite Radio. There are like a bazillion songs in the universe and I think we heard each one at least once. I realized that many of this summer’s hits apply to the experience of traveling in the family truckster: […]

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August 22, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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Day 7:  Random Olympic Musings

When you are obsessed with the Olympics and watch an average of 12 hours of coverage a day, you learn a thing or two. Here are my observations: 1. Am I the only one who thinks Ryan Lochte looks like Anderson Cooper now? 2. Whoever paid airfare for Ryan Seacrest should demand a refund. He […]

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August 18, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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Days 5&6: A Letter from a College Freshman to His Family

As a writer, you hope to inspire others through words. As a mother, you hope to inspire your kids to be better people. This one time, I managed to do both. My son wrote this to us before he left after reading my letter to siblings last week. He was hoping it would be shared […]

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August 16, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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Day 4: A Pokemon Go Lingo Guide for Parents

My kids are roaming the streets at night with a gang of friends just like I did back in the day, Their faces illuminated, not by the spark of fireflies, but the glow of their phones and the thrill of capturing Pokemon. If you thought talking to teens was tough before, now we have a […]

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August 15, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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Day 3: A Letter to the College Freshman from Your Younger Siblings

Our house has been abuzz these last few weeks. As the lazy days of summer wind down, the frenzy around your departure gains momentum. The dining room has become the staging area for the big day. A comforter set, over sized pillow, and anything that can be used as stackable storage dwarf the table. It’s […]

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