Magnificence in the Mundane

February 23, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Lottery Did Not Change My Life

I believe there are two kinds of luck. You can be lucky in that you land on your feet time and time again despite little effort and even less logic. Or you can possess luck that lets you win things; random contests, the lottery and big money raffles. I am Irish and an eternal optimist, […]

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January 3, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Run Toward the Car: Challenge 2017

The night after Thanksgiving a relative got the call every parent dreads. The call notifying them that their 18-year-old son had been in a serious accident. He was a passenger in a car that slid off a winding road, hit a tree, flipped and burst into flames. The parents were informed that he was alive […]

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December 1, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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