Magnificence in the Mundane

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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August 16, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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

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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August 11, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

Daily Grind of August: Ice, Ice Baby (Credit Vanilla Ice)

This is the kind of text you get when the refrigerator is broken. Although, the smell of feet has never fazed my kids until it got in the way of a good snack. With three teen boys, a non-functioning fridge is a disaster on par with the Great Crash of ’29.  You might recoup your […]

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August 10, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

Daily Grind of August: All I Ever Wanted (Credit the Go-Go’s)

Back in the day, I had kids crawling all over me by 7 am even on vacation. No matter what time I put them to bed. No matter what tactics I used to tire them out, they popped up with the sun. And the more alcohol I had, the earlier they arose. It was science […]

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August 4, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

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 kids so much that I vowed to change the way I interacted with them. And […]

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July 8, 2016 | Maureen Stiles

Road Trippin’

It was the perfect plan. In fact, I used the word “seamless” to recap the first leg of my journey to the University of South Carolina (USC) for new student orientation with my son, Mac. So, really, I jinxed myself right there. If this was a movie, the ominous music would signal I had sealed […]

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