- 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 mariastuart.com or TheLivingstonPost.com. Follow @mariastuart on Twitter.
MY RECENT POSTS
- The Beatles and my boy
September 09, 2013 08:47AM
- So glad I accepted The
Doctor's house call
August 02, 2013 03:43PM
- I am acrophobe, hear me scream
(for Nik Wallenda)
June 24, 2013 07:45PM
- Snow slows the hands of time
February 08, 2013 09:43AM
- The angel wore sparkling shoes
January 09, 2013 06:27PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “RIP. Your distinct and
powerful voice will be
August 05, 2013 07:44AM
- “Countdown to the
announcement of the new
Doctor! 2 pm Sunday
August 04, 2013 12:58AM
- “Sheila - Just found out
they're announcing the new
BBC America on
August 02, 2013 04:02PM
- “@shebasilisk - Don't be
sorry! I was so enjoying all
January 10, 2013 02:24PM
- “Kathy - I'm betting you
smile every time you look at
August 15, 2012 08:56PM
Maria Stuart's Links
There isn’t enough room to keep a lot of CDs in my car, so I rotate them in and out. My musical whims are like Michigan’s mercurial weather: they change from moment to moment, mood to mood.
When I was purging my household for my annual… Read full post »
I planted sunflower seeds along my backyard fence a few years ago, hoping for a bounty of the flowers that always make me smile.
As time passed, I forgot I had ever planted the seeds.… Read full post »
How a gift from long ago got my son his dream dog
My in-laws never gave each other lavish gifts. But after my father-in-law, Don, was nearing the end of his battle with lung cancer, he enlisted my help with a birthday gift for my mother-in-law.… Read full post »
These past few days have been mostly dedicated to getting ready
for my yard sale, the culmination of the purge of my household.
Surrounded by stacks of things to be tagged and sold, I had to take
time out to file for unemployment.
I’ve been laid off from my newspaper job since… Read full post »
1. Who was your FIRST prom date?
Did the “alternate” prom thing – getting drunk by the pier on Lake St. Clair with other like-minded classmates. The cops came and shooed us all away, but not until they shone a spotlight on one of the guys taking a leak off the pier.
2.… Read full post »
Teeth bared, snarling, our new puppy lunged for my face. I was trying to keep her from nipping my kid when she set her sights on me instead. BAM! My right eye bounced, flashing white, like it was whapped by a baseball. My upper lip stung. My… Read full post »
I’ve given thanks every day this summer that I am
unemployed. Rather than trudging off to my stressful old newspaper
job every day, I instead get to be witness to the summer in which
my son, Will, happily transitions to the “double
digits,” as he calls them.
Today, my little boy turn… Read full post »
It was during a conversation with my son a couple years ago that I realized he had absolutely no idea what it was I did for a living.
I don’t remember a lot of music that had such the
pervasive, uniting, boogying effect on everyone in the world
— everyone — like Michael Jackson’s
There were other albums popular back in the 1980s that came close to touching the mass boogie… Read full post »
One night I went to sleep a fifth-grader with tiny bumps
on my chest and woke up the next morning with breasts rivaling
those of tennis star Simona Halep. I exaggerate just a bit, of
course, but it’s more truth than fiction.
Simona Halep has folks talking because of her plans… Read full post »
It’s been a week since motorists and passersby competed with armored truck crews and police for money that landed like litter along the I-75/Chrysler freeway in Detroit.
It was about 8:30 a.m. on June 11 when a Loomis armored car transporting an unknown amount of cash… Read full post »
Hearts broke across Detroit Friday night as the Pittsburgh
Penguins outplayed the Red Wings to win the holy grail of
hockey— the coveted Stanley Cup.
After a long, grueling hockey season, it came down to the final seconds of the final game of the Stanley Cup championship season, which saw a rema… Read full post »
Southeast Michigan is in a hockey daze, and we’re hoping
that when Friday’s final game in the Stanley Cup series is
over, we’ll be able to savor a sweet hockey hangover.
I know, I know. For most of you, watching a game played on ice in the middle of June seems weirdly… Read full post »
I thought I'd share photos of my clematis. The abundant rain in Michgian this year has helped them to bloom like they've rarely bloomed before.
Hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I do!
Be sure to concentrate on the clematis, not the front porch in desperate need of painting.… Read full post »
I know I am making too much of this Stanley Cup series, but I can’t help myself. The re-match that has the champion Detroit Red Wings defending against the powerful Pittsburgh Penguins holds allegorical fascination for me.
In my heart, this series has nothing to do with hockey an… Read full post »
It didn’t take former USA Today editor and reporter Jim Hopkins to tell 42,000 Gannett Co. employees that newspaper life as they knew it was undergoing a dramatic and fundamental change.
The Detroit Red Wings are heading to the Stanley Cup finals! The team won 2-1 in overtime after a great game Wednesday against the Chicago Blackhawks.Michigan in general — and Detroit in particular — needed this bit of good news. Take a minute to send some good vibes in Detroit's…
I was living in my parents’ basement, waitressing, attending college part-time, flat broke and in need of transportation. My parents, desperate to get me on the road out of their basement, offered to take the room and board I had paid them over the summer to buy me a car. My… Read full post »
Those of us in southeast Michigan desperate for a hint of light
inside our economic black hole instead got a sweaty, bloody,
body-checked, red-jerseyed sign from above.
Call it destiny. Call it just desserts. Or call it what it was — an odd little move with big results. The Detroit Red… Read full post »
When a small hole first appeared in the wall of the first-floor bathroom of my old bungalow around Mother’s Day a year ago, I was curious. For about a week, I silently watched as the hole grew from the size of a pen tip to about the size of a thumb.… Read full post »
All I could think about last week was Saturday night. My husband and I had a big date planned — dinner and a movie —to celebrate our 23rd wedding anniversary. Our 9-year-old son would spend the night at his grandmother’s; after all, who knows how late we’d be out or what… Read full post »
There is no better testament to the real estate mantra of “location, location, location,” than Livingston County, Michigan. The once-rural community is the crossroads of two major freeways. It’s also the bull’s-eye between the Motor City and Michigan’s capital of Lansing… Read full post »
When I first saw the new Burger King commercial for its 99-cent
kiddie meal, I was horrifed that my 9-year-old son was sitting
My little boy, the one who can’t get to sleep without a stuffed animal and a light on in his room, watches intently as gyrating women dance… Read full post »
It’s been a week since my job as managing editor of
Michigan’s newest daily newspaper was
“eliminated” for economic reasons.
I pondered the milestone as I brushed my teeth this morning. When I looked into the mirror, my heart skipped a beat and I shrieked.
Albert Einstein was l… Read full post »
In a wonderfully unanimous decision on Friday, the Iowa Supreme
Court struck down the state’s law banning same-sex marriage
Iowa, the state famous for corn and the kicking off of the presidential primary season every four years, is the first state in America’s heartla… Read full post »