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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1. I am a food snob. I believe in eating low on the food chain. I don’t eat fast food. I buy as local as I can, and as organic as possible. I don’t drink pop. I do, on the other hand, enjoy my coffee. A lot.

2. For a time,Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2010 1:48PM

Where do all the jobless people go?

There was a time in my life when I got every job I wanted, every single one. From scooping ice cream to waitressing to office work to writing, if I wanted the job, I got it.

I thought myself kind of special, talented for sure. It feltRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2010 7:39AM

The first day of the rest of his life


I admit it: I shed a teeny, tiny tear this morning as my only child rode his bike out of the backyard on his way to the new adventure in his life: middle school.

This morning, he actually told me he “appreciated” the breakfast I made… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 1, 2010 12:29PM

Grieving the loss of two 4-year-old boys

dominick-calhoun-02jpg-780d78450e5e3436_largePolice say 4-year-old Dominick Calhoun was tortured to death by his mother’s boyfriend in the spring. 

At the end of March, Dominick’s 25-year-old mother moved with him and his 8-year-old brother into the apartment of her boyfriend, a 24-year-old ex-con who was a couple moRead full post »

I sat outside with a cup of coffee last week, soak
ing in the early summer sun and pondering the greater meaning of the not-so-perfect perfect baseball game pitched by Detroit Tiger Armando Galarraga. For those of you unfamiliar with the baseball call heard ’round the world, Galarraga&rsquRead full post »

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MAY 18, 2010 8:54AM

Life after Newspapers: Groove is in the biscotti


Cranberry orange biscotti



I lost my newspaper job a little over a year ago. It was a job I loved, but a job that could, at times, leave my psyche stressed and my shoulders sore. Cradling a phone on one shoulder and hunching over a computer on deadline wreaks havocRead full post »

I had my first (and only) child at an age at which my contemporaries with children were shooing theirs from the nest. I was asked, “Are you happy?” more times than I care to remember.

Oh, happy I was. Fueled by hormones, the likes of which I neverRead full post »

As I watched the snow falling outside, my thoughts turned to big snowstorms of the past. I remembered the winter I was pregnant with my son, when it snowed a few inches every day for three weeks straight. We all moved slowly through the kind of hard, dreary winter days… Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2010 9:40PM

Gold haiku

Wound round, twisted, rolled,
Handed down, a story told.
Deep desire, sweet gold.

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JANUARY 18, 2010 6:57AM

If only my dad could see King’s dream come to life in Obama

My dad is out there, somewhere.
My dad is out there somewhere in the crowd.
As I watched the 2008 election returns, my thoughts naturally turned to my father, who died two years earlier.

“If only my dad could be here to see this,” I told my husbandRead full post »

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JANUARY 14, 2010 9:14AM

Growing up in the time of Viagra

viagra“Da, da, da, da-da, da-da-da,” my 10-year-old son sang the other night as he played with his Legos on the dining room table. His singing was a counterweight to detailed work, a pleasant way to add a constructive distraction to the task of building a tiny rebel spaceship out of… Read full post »

JANUARY 7, 2010 9:38AM

Who let the nog out?

Many things make my 10-year-old son squeamish: Scary movies, carnival rides, dog poop that needs picking up in the backyard.

eggnogHe has a new one now, courtesy of me: Nog, which is likely additional proof of the parental depravity that caused Santa to bring me 12/… Read full post »

DECEMBER 24, 2009 9:46AM

Blue: The blue notes of Christmas

I got a blue note today.

True blue; not gray

“Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” it said, though my eyes are green. “My love is blue. I must have you. What do you say?”

It was from this guy, Harold Melvin.

His eyes like blue moons.Read full post »

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DECEMBER 23, 2009 10:22AM

Oh, tidings of crankiness and oy

When the new year dawns, it will be nine months since I lost my job.

Nine months.

I’m moving forward, really and truly. I put one foot in front of the other every morning, and I shuffle through my days. I am busy, busier than I ever felt whenRead full post »

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DECEMBER 2, 2009 9:09AM

Afghanistan, war and 10-year-old boys

On the night before President Obama’s speech at West Point, my 10-year-old son, Will, padded downstairs long after he should have been asleep.

“What’s the matter,” I asked as he sat beside me on the couch.

“I keep having bad dreams,” he said. “I dreaRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 19, 2009 2:04PM

‘Hit the Bitch’: Has an anti-violence campaign gone too far?

It’s hard to believe anyone would think an online game in which you must hit a woman repeatedly until she’s lying on the floor, bloodied and in tears, is a good way to teach that violence is wrong.

But that’s theRead full post »

NOVEMBER 17, 2009 9:11AM

How I lost my job and over 20 pounds

Losing your job opens your eyes in many ways: you consider your place and future in the employment universe; you realize that it doesn’t matter how well or hard you work; and you finally understand how fiscally irresponsible and greedy corporate America is.

Finding yourself unexpectedly and… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 11, 2009 3:04PM

Springsteen robbed of spot on NPR's 50 Great Voices list

images-3Bruce Springsteen got snubbed. So did Bonnie Raitt, Elvis Costello, Elton John, Patti Smith, Nancy Wilson, Helen O'Connell, Tom Petty and Grace Slick.

These amazing artists didn't make the final list of nominees for National Public Radio's project to explore what listeners and music experts… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 10, 2009 9:55AM

Keeping migraines off the menu

After scrubbing up like a surgeon and donning an old apron to protect his clothes, my 10-year-old son is ready for action. He’s pounded the chicken and beaten the eggs and he’s ignited the gas stove with a little help from me.

He’s ready to cook.

Me? I’m enjoyingRead full post »

In life, there are always winners and losers. I don’t know why that is, only that it is. For someone to win the lottery, a lot of someone elses — always including me, it seems — have to lose. For sharks to stay alive, they’ve got to eat smaller fish orRead full post »

OCTOBER 31, 2009 9:13PM

The name’s Tut, King Tut



 “Born  in Michigonia.

Moved to Babylonia! King Tut!”

As a follow up to my last post, I thought you might enjoy seeing the result of my last-minute costume making.… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 29, 2009 10:23AM

Lessons of Halloweens past

Will, then 2, follows his Poppy on Halloween Night, 2001.I sat at the dining room table, stitching together the King Tut toga I had promised my kid for Halloween, when I burst into tears.

We bought the Egyptian pharaoh hat at the King Tut exhibit in Indianapolis this summer on one condition: that it be Will's Halloween… Read full post »

OCTOBER 25, 2009 11:52AM

Soupy Sales, Alice Cooper and a bug

Having lunch with Soupy Sales every day was a way of life for kids my age growing up in the Detroit area. There's not a one of us who hasn't stopped to remember him oh, so fondly as we learned of his death. And in remembering Soupy, we feel nostalgic for… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 19, 2009 11:04AM

Life after newspapers: My new job

I found myself having to explain to my son the difference between being “fired” and being “laid off” after I lost my job on April Fools Day. (Some corporate overlord has an ironic sense of humor, eh?)

“You get fired for doing a bad job,” I told him. “Don&rsqRead full post »

On Sept. 27, the Detroit Lions won a game after a nearly two-year losing streak.

On Sept. 28, the newspaper that “eliminated” my job for budget reasons reported that it spent nearly $500,000 on upgrades to beef up color reproduction at its printing plant — a storyRead full post »