When Your Life Doesn’t Fit Inside A Hallmark Card

I took the trip again this year. Because I forgot. What a big waste of time it is. Yet, each year, I feel compelled to go. The event is big and must be marked. And so, I make the trip. Down the card aisle at the local drug store. I pick up countless cards. Not a single one fits. Where is the card you give your daughter commemorating the anniversary of your adoption? Where is the card that says meeting

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How A Stranger Taught Me Secret To Truly Helping A Sick Friend

I stole an hour of a remarkable woman’s time this week. For Barbara, time surely is a precious commodity. For all of us, truly. Barbara just knows it better than most of us. I would think she had better things to do than spend time talking to me, a stranger. See, Barbara is fighting for her life. Literally. This is the third time cancer has come knocking at her door. Breast cancer at 32. Again at 45. This time is

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The Secret My Dog Has Known About Me For 16 Years

If you love your dog, you might enjoy my new book, “Hope Possible: A Network News Anchor’s Thoughts On Losing Her Job, Finding Love, A New Career, And My Dog, Always My Dog.” It includes a number of essays about loving your dog. I’m thinking about my dog. Always, my dog. And the heavy load. Such a heavy load. The thoughts come each day as we wrap up our morning walk. It’s the only walk DarlaDog feels the need for these days.

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How A Stranger Explained I’m Terrible…At Everything…You, Too?

If you like this story, please check out my new book, “Hope Possible: A Network News Anchor’s Thoughts On Losing Her Job, Finding Love, A New Career, And My Dog, Always My Dog.” I was found out this week. Word is out. I’m terrible at my job. All of them. Turns out. The notice came from you. Well, one of you. A reader took time to send me an email telling me she hates my column. There’s nothing worth reading

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Why My Ex-Boyfriend Said I Could Tell This Formerly Wonderful Story

As break-ups go, this was one of my yuckier. The details still so clear, all these years later. We met soon after I moved to Atlanta to work for CNN. He also had just moved to the city to do a one-year surgical fellowship. I was so sure he was The One. A year into dating, he came to be sure that I wasn’t his. The big clue being his accepting a job on the other side of the country.

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Daryn’s New Book, “Hope Possible!” Is Here!

I’m so excited that my new book, “Hope Possible” is here! The full title is, “Hope Possible: A Network News Anchor’s Thoughts On Losing A Job, Finding Love, A New Career, And My Dog, Always My Dog.” Here’s a peek at what it says on the back cover: From your TV screen, Daryn Kagan looked like she had her dream job.   As a news anchor for CNN, she had a front row seat to the world’s biggest breaking news

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Patient, Kind Target Cashier Blows Away Frustrated Customer

How many of life’s necessities have your passed by your local Target cashier? One woman got something she didn’t even know she needed this week. An instant lesson in patience and kindness. Even better, her little girl was there to see the whole thing unfold. Sarah Own Bigler shares on Facebook a situation I can totally relate to. And I bet you can, too. Her husband is home sick. She’s picked up her two little kids from school. Everyone’s tired.

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The Shocking Thing I Discovered In My Teen’s Secret, Hidden Letter

I didn’t mean to snoop. I swear. I wasn’t looking to stumble across my teen’s secret letter. A letter bubbling over with emotion. With a broken heart. With defiance. She will stand by her man. “I have yet to hear a legitimate gripe about him,” she wails. “I’m not going to stop seeing him no matter what you say.” Oh my. And to think I was just hunting around in the basement hoping to find an old photo of my

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Got The Best Gift; Why I Need To Give It Back

This is a “Thank You” note to my friend, Clare. Clare, who has delivered the best gift this holiday season. A gift for me. A gift for you. Clare, which rhymes with “Share.” Clare who’s life has changed forever. That’s what she’s sharing. And boy, has she shared. Shared with her friends and Facebook community the hugest shock of her life. That routine mammogram, the one she got just because she should, it showed a lump. A lump she hadn’t

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Why I’m Thinking Of Going Back To An Old Relationship

I’m thinking about getting back into an old relationship. One that took too much time. Brought on too many tears. One I decided I needed to leave. I’m talking about my relationship with the question, “Why?” Perhaps, you’ve been overly involved with “Why?” as well, Dear Reader? “Why?” usually extended its beckoning finger at those times when life hasn’t turned out the way I wanted it to. The way I was so sure it should. Why didn’t the guy I

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