S. Stiles

S. Stiles

S. Stiles is a freelance writer. She holds a Ph.D. in English and has previously worked as a college professor. She can be contacted via email at sstiles.author@gmail.com

Autism or Encephalitis?
My Son’s Misdiagnosis and Our Family’s Season in Hell

Autism or Encephalitis? My Son’s Misdiagnosis and Our Family’s Season in Hell

One night in August 2021, at around 2am, my husband and I were awakened by the sound of laughter coming from our son’s bedroom down the hall. I went in to check on him. Our five-year-old, “Leo,” was awake and running around the room in circles, plowing into toys

S. Stiles
S. Stiles
18 min read
Science / Tech
Desperation and the Quest for Control: The Dangers of Alternative Medicine

Desperation and the Quest for Control: The Dangers of Alternative Medicine

I am a skeptic and a curmudgeon, so I was surprised when a friend of 30 years asked if she could add me to her “Reiki Grid.” A Reiki Grid, I soon discovered, is a pattern made with crystals, allowing a Reiki practitioner to send “healing energy” to individuals whose

S. Stiles
S. Stiles
15 min read
Health