Magnificence in the Mundane

April 19, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Real Housewives of Potomac 2 Episode 3: Potomac Sort of

This week’s episode has been brought to you by Google Maps. The RHOP are on the move people… Baltimore, Virginia and a road trip to Alabama all giving me jet lag. At least no one is pretending this show has anything to do with Potomac, so there’s that whole silver lining thing happening, First stop […]

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April 11, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Real Housewives of Potomac 2 Episode 2: Tea It Up

It’s really sweet of BRAVO to title each week’s Housewives episode. It will come in handy when historians look back at how shallow and easily entertained people were back in the day. But realistically, they could just call every episode, “Another Public Brawl,” and never have to brainstorm over catchy titles again. The bonus is […]

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April 4, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

The Real Housewives of Potomac 2 Recap 1: Rapping, Snapping and Scrapping

The Real Housewives of Potomac (RHOP) franchise was pissing people off even before its triumphant return Sunday night. The teasers and promos were all about ‘The Mac’ for weeks. Hey, I’ve got a memo for the creative clowns at BRAVO:  Do not mix up Potomac with a fast food order.  That is not how we […]

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March 20, 2017 | Maureen Stiles

Sooner or Later

They say that opposites attract and I guess my marriage is living proof of that. While we share the same fundamental values, our approach to everyday life is a serious study in contrast.  My neat husband tolerates my love of piles and I overlook his need for an organized plan when flying by the seat […]

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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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