Maureen Stiles is a freelance writer based in the Maryland suburbs, just outside Washington DC. She is mother and short order cook to three relentlessly starving sons, wife to a husband endlessly patient with her endless piles. Her lifeline, however, is the dog; the only male in the house who really understands her. Her blog and column focus on bringing humor to the every day challenges of parenting, driving a suburban full of smelly boys and their friends, letting go of the idea of perfection and the harsh realities of middle age. You can read her monthly column a towncourier.com and find her at her blog, Magnificence in the Mundane.