The Lucky Charm Who Changed My Life Forever

As lucky charms go, mine is not shy. “Daryn, you should write a column about me,” she strongly suggested this week. Since she is the one who, I believe, changed my life for the best ever, hers is a request I’m sure to fulfill. So here goes. She showed up at one of those low times. One of those, feel sorry for myself, this is never going to get better, I’m on verge of getting bitter, Pity Party for One,

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Is It Weird That I Want A New Best Friend?

Please catch my newspaper column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across Ohio.  Here’s this week’s column: I want to ask her to be my new best friend. I haven’t exactly actually met her yet. There’s that. My teenaged daughter is already freaking out at the idea. There’s that, as well. “It’s stalker, creepy,” she informs me. “What? Dreaming of making someone I’ve not actually met my new BFF?” This conversation is

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How I Wish I Could’ve Helped This Man

Please catch my newspaper column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across Ohio.  Here’s this week’s column: I hate not being able to help. The pull to help seems to come as naturally to me as my 14-year-old dog is drawn to her liver-flavored treats. And yet, there are times when you have to know you can’t. You just can’t. At least Dear Reader out there understands my frustration.  For this one man, a husband, this

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The Day I Wish All Moms Could Have

Please catch my newspaper column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across Ohio.  Here’s this week’s column:     It seems unfair.      Really unfair.      It’s something so wonderful I wish all moms could have it.      And yet, only a small minority of us get to.      My fellow adoptive Moms, this is the column you could’ve written. That Sad Look         You know that sad look some people give when they see someone

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The One Question You Should Never Ask A Pregnant Woman

  You will be so proud of me. I know exactly the question not to ask. Three of my friends are pregnant right now. This is good news, in that new life is on the way. That’s always about hope and what is possible. It’s also good news in that I know each friend is pregnant because she told me. Oh Yeah, That Awkward Moment Sounds so simple, yet aren’t you relieved I didn’t repeat the mistake I shared with

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How Did I Become The Person I Used To Laugh At?

Please catch my newspaper column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across Ohio.  Here’s this week’s column: Not me. Was never going to happen. That was something that happened to plenty of other people that I knew, just not me. Fine, confession, I felt just a touch superior that I didn’t have to go there.      I was so busy feeling better than those other people that I didn’t see it creeping up to grab me.

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Now It’s YOUR Turn: Your 25 Things You Learned By The Time You Turned 50

Please catch my newspaper column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across Ohio.  Here’s this week’s column: Have you ever thrown a party and were overwhelmed by the gifts that keep on coming? That’s what it’s been like over the last few weeks ever since I shared with you, “25 Of The 50 Things I Learned By The Time I Turned 50.” I explained how I only included 25 of the 50 because I wanted you

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Time To Address Festering Issues In My Long Term Relationship

Please catch my newspaper column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across Ohio.  Here’s this week’s column: Dear Valentine’s Day, Let’s face it: things have not been great between you and me. With your special day upon us, I feel no better time to discuss the issues we have had over the years. All that time I was single and you insisted on stocking every grocery store, drug store, flower shop, shopping mall and airport kiosk

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I’m So Glad I Didn’t Wait For Marriage

Please catch my newspaper column each week in the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Dayton Daily News and other newspapers across Ohio.  Here’s this week’s column: I didn’t wait for marriage. Judge me if you want for not holding out. I will simply point the finger at an old boyfriend.  Oh, and my mother.    The Gift* First, my mother who on the occasion of my 40th birthday, sat across from me with my grandmother’s beautiful antique silver tea set on a tray between us.

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25 Of The 50 Things I Learned By The Time I Turned 50

So Brad Pitt, Michelle Obama and I walk into a bar… Well, not really. But we could, if we knew each other. There’s that. And we could, if we three were to celebrate something each of us has done in the last 12 months—turn 50 years old. In honor of my pretend friends’ and my mutual milestone, I offer you, Dear Reader, “25 Of The 50 Things I Learned By Time I Turned 50.” Spoiler Alert: If you have yet

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