Daryn Kagan

Daryn Kagan is the creator and host ofDarynKagan.com, an online community that features a daily Web cast of inspirational stories that show what is possible. The former CNN anchor and news reporter is the author ofWhat's Possible! 50 True Stories of People Who Dared To Dream They Could Make a Difference.'

Latest from Daryn Kagan

When you really don’t know a friend’s whole story

Posted: 12 hours ago

And here, I thought I knew the whole story. Which makes me laugh now. You, too, probably. I imagine from time to time, you fall into the same trap. Casually following someone on Facebook. They look like they have everything. Especially, the thing you think you’re missing in your life. In this case, incredible career success. This woman...
COMMENTARY: Is it possible to donate too much stuff?

Posted: 7 days ago

I realize now that nothing, no one, was safe. Not in the path of the crazed madwoman — who happened to be me. I shared last week how, after years of procrastinating, Husband and I finally attacked, emptied, donated the contents of a storage shed we’d been renting for more than five years. The task was every bit as unfun and unpleasant...
Why my family Christmas card is fake news

Posted: 21 days ago

It’s pathetic, really. Sure, it looks pleasant enough. This year’s family holiday card. I managed to herd all four family members. Everyone combed their hair. Put on a clean sweater. There we are gathered around the Christmas tree, smiling our bright smiles. I could almost post “#winning.” Except for one thing I need...
DARYN KAGAN: Figuring out if you can do it yourself

Posted: 28 days ago

A better mother would’ve come running. You could make the case. The scream, after all, was rather blood curdling. From the other room. I, however, did not flinch. “Come quick!” one of our girls pleaded. “Please!” I didn’t move a muscle. I know the scream. It was The Bug Scream. “Please come kill this...
DARYN KAGAN: The new crush who moved into my neighborhood

5:00 AM Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

There’s a new crush in my neighborhood. I walk by just about every day. Sure, I make it about stretching out my dog’s walk an extra block. But really, who am I kidding? It’s to get a glimpse. An extra look. To check if they are as attractive in a different time of daylight. They are. Not that my crush knows I’m alive...
To spouse or not to spouse? That’s the class reunion question

4:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

This was not in the book. Not in the book about marriage — the one with 276 questions you and your intended should ask each other before you say, “I do.” So you really know each other. Your true wishes and desires. How you go about things. Almost like you’ve known each other all your lives — instead of the months...
When things aren’t working out like they should

4:00 AM Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

“There she is.” The young woman from the back seat of my rental car pointed out the window. “That’s her again,” my daughter agreed. And with that I begin to share the moment I didn’t expect to get on a recent visit to see Daughter at college. It’s been six weeks since she launched. Since she started...
Life lesson found in a bowl of candy

4:00 AM Wednesday, Sep. 20, 2017

We can’t avoid this any longer, you and me. While this tends not to be a space for divisive issues, I need to call this out. There’s no avoiding it. I know you’ve seen it, had an involuntary reaction. Frankly, I know mine. There’s no middle ground. So, let’s have it. I want to know where you stand on candy corn...
When one goodbye is not enough

4:00 AM Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017

I delivered the extra goodbye this week. It was my honor and my responsibility. Like thousands of parents around the country, my husband and I dropped our daughter off at college for the first time. I’ll confess there were plenty of early cries in the week preceding, And on the drive up. “These are happy tears,” I assured...
Daryn Kagan: Baby bird preps to leave the nest

4:00 AM Wednesday, Jul. 05, 2017

Greetings from a trip that has one question ringing in my brain. “Whose idea was this, anyway?” While you’re on a beach or a lake or enjoying a picnic in a park, Dear Reader, I’m hours from home with my daughter experiencing something they call “freshman college orientation.” Apparently, this is now a thing...
DARYN KAGAN: About the wish that never came true

4:00 AM Wednesday, Jun. 28, 2017

My daughter spotted it first, as kids are apt to do — though she probably didn’t realize exactly what she was seeing, or just how enormous it was. This is the story of how innocently standing in line at our favorite burrito joint, with nothing more than guacamole and a margarita on my brain, there it was — my unanswered...