Guest Blogger: The Gift Of Shifting Into Yes

(Note from Daryn: Guest Blogger Valerie Hartman stops into DarynKagan.com to share her big lesson about shifting into yes. Instead of always thinking something isn’t possible, maybe, just maybe it is.) It started in the spring of 2015.   My daughter casually mentioned a conversation she had recently had with her Dad.  She told me that he wanted to take her to Paris on one of their next scheduled trips (spoiler alert-we are divorced-not the most amicable-but have figured out how

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Tennis Star Rafael Nadal Stops Match So Distraught Mother Can Find Lost Child

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal showed he a superstar human being, as well. Nadal was playing an exhibition doubles match with Simon Solbas against Carlos Moya and John McEnroe in Mallorca when a commotion broke out in the crowd. Everyone could hear a panicked mother’s cries. Somehow, she’d become separated from her young daughter. Yahoo Sports reports that Nadal was about to serve, but instead halted the match so that everyone in the arena could help look for the little girl. Here’s

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Judge Allows Inmate To Meet Baby Son For First Time

An exception, a rare act of compassion for an inmate. A man who happens also to be a new father. This is nothing they teach you in law school. Or how to be a judge. Still, Louisville, Kentucky Judge Amber Wolf calls this “probably one of the best things I’ve ever done.” Judge Wolf pushed aside typical procedures and allowed inmate James Roeder to meet his one-month old son for the first time. WDRB.com reports that both Roeder and his

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How My Mother Shocked Me In One Of Our Final Moments Together

Leave it to my mom to depart this world with an incredible story. A surprise. A mystery. This one unfolded during the early morning hours in her darkened hospital room in the days before she passed a few weeks ago. Just me and her. Oh, how I’m thankful for those stolen private moments available only because the nurses offered me the couch and some blankets to spend the night in my mother’s room. Moments to write down all that she

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Granting My Mother’s Final Wish

I wonder if they know how ridiculous they sound. Those doctors. The ones trying to sell my mother on further treatment. How do you convince a woman months away from her 80th birthday that she should sign up a cacophony of torture? “We can put in a feeding tube for a couple of weeks,” their pitch began. “We’ll send you to a nursing home where you’ll be connected to an IV, sit in diapers, and wait. If you do well

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Olympic Gymnastics Superstar Simone Biles Is Also A Former Foster Child

Gymnast Simone Biles is on the verge of Olympics superstardom as she represents the USA and wows the world with her incredible talent at the Rio Summer Games. She also has an incredible backstory. The Bleacher Report shares that Simone and her siblings were born to a mother who had incredible challenges with drug and alcohol addiction. Things got so bad that authorities in Ohio, where Simone was born, intervened and took the kids away. With the kids in foster

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Swimsuit Supermodel And Superstar Husband Make Shocking Confession

Supermodel Chrissy Teigen shot to international fame by being gorgeous and posing in swimsuits. She has been on the cover of Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit edition and graced those pages many times. Her fame lead her to meet and marry superstar singer John Legend. She recently had their first baby, a little girl named, Luna. Apparently, of all the requirements that go into being an international swimsuit model, being able to swim is not one of them. She tells People Magazine

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Sure Fire Way To Find Out You’re A Terrible Person

We’re having a popularity crisis at our house. What do you expect in house filled with teens? How sweet of you to offer your sincere compassion about our kids. Actually, you can save your concern. For them. They are fine. It’s we parents who are not doing so well. In case you haven’t heard– We are terrible people. Truly. Terrible. One teen this week was not allowed to drive home by herself through a bad neighborhood at 1 am. You

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When You Know Who Your Family Is, Even If You Look Different Than Others

You’ll forgive my cousin. She’s a little weepy today. Her Facebook feed popped up one of those anniversary photos that remind you where you were a year ago. What a photo. What a year. Amanda and her husband, Adam, were in Ethiopia. Meeting their son for the first time. In person, that is. They met him in their hearts years before. So, you might want to make this “What a three years!” Ask anyone who has adopted, Dear Reader. They’ll

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Apple’s Siri Calls Ambulance For Baby And Saves Her Life

A grateful mother in Australia is giving huge props to Siri and her iPhone for helping to save her baby’s life. Stacey Gleason knew her one-year-old daughter, Giana, had been sick, so she was keeping a close eye on her. As she looked at the baby monitor from the other room, she became very concerned, so she dashed in her daughter’s room only to see her turning blue. In her panic, Stacey tells 7News that she dropped her iPhone. What

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