Maria Stuart

Maria Stuart
Howell, Michigan, USA
February 17
Maria Stuart is an award-winning journalist and freelance writer. She lives in Michigan with her husband, their teenage son, and Ted, the hyper labradoodle who keeps her from sitting at the computer too long. You can check out her website at or Follow @mariastuart on Twitter.


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SEPTEMBER 9, 2013 8:48AM

The Beatles and my boy

beatles_1My 14-year-old kid discovered “Rhapsody in Blue” this summer.

It’s one of my favorite pieces of music, and my dad loved it, too; when my kid fell in love with it at summer arts camp, I wondered whether an affinity for particular pieces of music or styles is inherited.Read full post »

Doctor-Whos-Matt-Smith Like the geeky boys of my youth, my own 14-year-old son loves “Doctor Who,” the British show that is kind of about a 900-year-old time lord who zooms from this year to that, saving people from evil in various forms.

My kid is a living, breathing Doctor Who expert.… Read full post »

There’s a new superman in the world. I bow down to Nik Wallenda, the high-wire artist who prayed his way across a 2-inch steel cable strung across the Little Colorado Gorge near the Grand Canyon on Sunday.

The 34-year-old member of the famous Wallenda high-flying family put one foot in front… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 8, 2013 9:43AM

Snow slows the hands of time

snowblowerBack in the day, back before I lost my “big” job as a newspaper editor, snow days were flies in the ointment of my deadline-driven life. News never takes a holiday, and it was on the days when wintry weather closed schools and daycares that the scramble was on forRead full post »

JANUARY 10, 2013 9:29AM

The angel wore sparkling shoes

10249_MLT A weekend of shock and tears left me tired and sore. The loss of all those souls in Newtown cut deep, shattering any illusion I have about the safety of my own sweet child when I send him out alone into the world each day.

That… Read full post »

veniceI love coffee. Descended from a long line of coffee drinkers, I come by my caffeine addiction quite honestly, and I use it to my advantage. When I finish my work at hand, be it writing a piece or cleaning the bathroom or getting dinner in the oven,/…

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box It's taken me nearly three years to go through the remains of my newspaper career, a successful one that spanned nearly two decades.

My Journalist of the Year clock sits beneath a worktable. I keep another Journalist of the Year award by the front door;… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 29, 2012 6:52PM

He made me a Daydream Believer

Davy Jones As I ice my sore, 50-something knee (which makes me feel kind of old), news of the death of Davy Jones of the Monkees shoots me back in time to when I was a girl, back to when I first fell in love.

The first object of… Read full post »

clint1 Chrysler’s ad, “Halftime in America” starring Clint Eastwood, stood out among this year’s Super Bowl lineup.

Beautifully filmed and powerfully written, it stars one of Hollywood’s most-famous (and, truth be told, most-liberal) Republicans. And its big-tent, we&r… Read full post »

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JANUARY 23, 2012 12:29PM

Connecting via Words With Friends

photoMy father was a terrible speller. A voracious reader with a brilliant mind, he had some incomplete synapse in his brain that kept him from stringing together letters correctly to make words. If he were alive, he’d never, ever understand my affinity for Words With Friends.

ForRead full post »

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OCTOBER 6, 2011 9:58AM

Steve Jobs made the earth move beneath my feet

I think back on the turning points in my life. Among the traditional ones — first car, first job, marriage, baby — I remember my induction into the cult of Mac, and I pay my respects to Steve Jobs.

At the time, I had no idea who Steve Jobs was.Read full post »

Ten years ago …

I had to see my son.

As I stood I the middle of the newsroom Tuesday watching the second hijacked plane slice through the tower of the World Trade Center, I could think of nothing else other than holding close to me that which I… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2011 11:10AM

Another first day of school


I’ve waited for this day — the first day of school — for weeks.

“It’s time for school to start,” I’d tell anyone even remotely interested.

I wanted my mornings back. I wanted my writing time, my cleaning time, my cooking time, my working time to beRead full post »

If I would have known that Sunday’s column in the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus (Howell, Mich.) was my last, I would have written something very, very different. Lesson learned: In this fast-changing day and age, we should treat every conversation we have as if it is our last. WeRead full post »

MariaLuciasmallThe image I use for my avatar is cropped from a strip of pictures taken in the photo booth of the S.S. Kresge dime store in the Eastland Mall in Harper Woods, Mich


I sat on the stool and my sister stood behind me for the photos that cost myRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 7, 2011 8:11AM

'Imported from Detroit' ad rocks Super Bowl


The best Super Bowl ad wasn’t really an ad at all. At its heart, the beautifully filmed “Imported from Detroit” ad featuring Eminem, the Chrysler 200, and some of Detroit’s amazing art and architecture, is a love song for the city in which I was born.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2011 8:22AM

I married a blue-blood

Mary, Queen of Scots-smallWhen I began dating the man who would become my husband, he corrected my spelling of his last name.


“It’s not S-T-E-W-A-R-T,” he said. “It’s S-T-U-A-R-T. The ‘royal’ spelling.”


Without anything more than a gut feeling, my husbRead full post »

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JANUARY 14, 2011 7:52AM

So many guns around town …

bogey“Are you going to ask if they have weapons in the house?”

My 11-year-old son was invited to the most important social event for sixth graders, a sleepover birthday party, and instead of being thrilled his mother is concerned about his safety, he is, instead, embarrassed.

Too bad… Read full post »

The first time I walked into my old bungalow, I stood in the middle of the living room, breathing in light from all four directions. The winter sun streamed in through big, old windows. I knew this was where I was meant to be.

There are five big, oldRead full post »

DECEMBER 23, 2010 11:14AM

Cursing at Christmas: Son of a nutcracker

One of the things I most admire about my 11-year-old son is his vocabulary. He speaks beautifully, using big words correctly. Expressing himself fully and well is not a challenge, and the kid loves, loves, loves to talk.

One of the things that most frustrates my kid about me… Read full post »

It’s been a long week.

Not a bad week, by any stretch of the imagination, but rather a long, hard-worked week.

And so here I sit on the couch, home alone except for Ted the Labradoodle perched on the back of the couch, as if he were a… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 15, 2010 8:13AM

Like holding a tiny universe in your hand

geode photoWe’ve had a mystery rock in our house since my 11-year-old spent a week at my sister’s place Up North in Michigan

It’s not a rock, really, but a geode, an outer shell that’s hiding crystals and mineral formations inside.

The word “geode” comes fromRead full post »

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OCTOBER 13, 2010 5:32AM

Chilean mine rescue: Little boys waiting for their fathers

minerbigEvery night that my husband works, my kid tries to finagle a later bedtime.

“Can’t I just stay up until dad gets home,” he always whines. Seeing his father before he goes to bed is important to Will, and he drives a hard bargain: “I’ll go to bed extra… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 11, 2010 12:58PM

Days like this are a gift to the unemployed

Fall1Days like today are the gods’ gift to the unemployed, for it is on days like this — days rich with light, color and texture — that those of us struggling in the wake of joblessness give thanks.

Days like this don’t come around often, and thatRead full post »

pubic schoolsAnyone who works with words for even a part of their living knows the horror of mistakes ending up in print.

Sure, mistakes can be embarrassing. They can also be funny. And these days, mistakes get sent ’round the Internet, like this one shared by a former journalism professor… Read full post »