When I Used To Be Someone

Whoa! This column got a huge response. I’ve received more email than I have in a long time. Feel free to comment at the bottom. And please catch my column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Dayton Daily News.   All I really wanted was a manicure. Really, just about a half-hour to myself, a trim of some nasty hangnails and a couple coats of pretty light pink nail polish. “Bubble Bath,” I read on the bottom

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Wishing A Good Friend Well & Faking It

You asked, you got it. Here’s my latest newspaper column. Please catch my column each week in The Atlanta Journal Constitution and The Dayton Daily News. Here’s hoping the ladies won’t mind some extra salty seasoning in the appetizers this weekend, as we gather to wish one of my favorite people in the world, “Goodbye.” For years, my friend, Lori and her husband have had this crazy dream—once their youngest child was out of high school they were up and

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How Can It Be A Year Already?

I’ve never felt time go so fast! July 14, 2012–Three weeks after we got engaged, my fiance’ and I decided it was time to move in together. Since we didn’t want to just “live together, we gathered up or two girls and headed up to a beautiful waterfall outside of Cashiers, NC. My dress? Bought right off the rack on sale at a local department store. It had so many “markdown” stickers on the tag that I couldn’t even see

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Happy “Best Match Ever” Day!

Such a special anniversary to celebrate! Four years ago today I met a little girl who changed my life forever. There I was having a sad, lonely, woe-is-me Sunday night. Feeling sorry for myself being alone and single. After an appropriate amount of pity party time, I thought to myself, “You can feel sorry for yourself or do something about it.” That’s when I remembered one of my best friends, Cyndi, giving me a “talking to” about Big Brothers Big

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July 8, 2013: I’m Back–Really!

Feels like I should have an approved absence note or something for you. I haven’t been away from DarynKagan.com this much since I launched the website in 2006. The note would read something like, “Please excuse Daryn for her absence, but she has been on a belated honeymoon and a family vacation-practically back to back.” It feels like I’ve traveled half-way around the world and back twice in the last month. Probably because I have! First, the trip of a

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