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Daryn Kagan is the creator and host of DarynKagan.com, an inspirational online community that features a daily Web cast of stories thatshow the World What is Possible.' DarynKagan.com has become a daily destination for thousands of Internet users who seek news stories that inspire. Launched in November 2006, the Atlanta Journal Constitution described DarynKagan.com asa lively gathering spot,' while the Boston Globe noted DarynKagan.com isbucking the media tide,' with itsemphasis on stories that illustrate the triumph of the human spirit.

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Power is in the dirt, after all

6:50 PM Thursday, May. 31, 2012

Will Allen gets the joke. Here's a man born with seeds of change inside of him. From his earliest memories growing up on a farm outside Washington, D.C., his life was about change. He needed to get up and out from a lifestyle his sharecropping parents endured. "I didn't like the work I had to do in the fields when I was a kid,"...
Think you don't belong? Don't let anyone else know that

7:28 PM Thursday, May. 17, 2012

"That's so funny," the voice on the other end of the phone line said. The voice was Deborah Norville. You probably know her as the successful TV broadcaster, onetime co-host of The Today Show and now longtime anchor of Inside Edition. I know her as someone who came up a few years before me in the TV news business and a woman who...
Fat Mississippi legislators target of personal trainer LaCoste

7:16 PM Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2012

Here's a fun way to bring a dinner party to a grinding halt. Invite Paul LaCoste. He'll start talking about his passion - cutting government fat. Whuh-oh. Now, hold on. Before you worry about which side of the political aisle this guy leans toward, let me clarify. Paul's talking about cutting government fat - literally. Getting overweight...
Digital designer does one scary thing daily for year

7:09 PM Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2012

Greg Tung was scared. Make that scared and tired. And tired of being scared. You wouldn't know it to look at him. He had quite the nice life. Good-looking single guy in his mid-30s living in Los Angeles working as a digital ad designer at a major TV network. "I was living an OK life. I would go to work, come home. It was comfortable...
World War II veteran finds his purpose in Boca Raton helping other vets

9:48 PM Tuesday, Mar. 06, 2012

Lucky. It's a word you hear a lot when you talk to Irwin Stovroff. "I'm so lucky." "I'm such a lucky guy." "I can't believe how lucky I am to be in the right place at the right time." He says stuff like that a lot. Which is pretty remarkable when you look at all that has happened to him in his 89 years. His plane...
Wheelchair user refuses to let chair restrict her life

5:19 PM Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012

I met my friend, Lori Sneed, the way so many of her friends have made her acquaintance - by almost getting run over by her and her motorized wheelchair. She was a flash and a force zooming down the hallways of CNN, where she answered phones for Public Information. She talked to the wound-up viewers who call to complain about coverage or to...
Daryn Kagan: Getting ready for big change all along ... just didn’t recognize it
 “Did you ever see it coming?” That’s what a lot of people ask me about losing my anchor job at CNN. For the longest time my immediate response was, “Not at all.” But as time has passed and the next chapter of my life has taken shape, I can look back on that time like an archeologist digs through a disaster site...

1:01 PM Friday, Jan. 14, 2011

“Did you ever see it coming?” That’s what a lot of people ask me about losing my anchor job at CNN. For the longest time my immediate response was, “Not at all.” But as time has passed and the next chapter of my life has taken shape, I can look back on that time like an archeologist digs through a disaster site...
Meet our new Charm columnist, Daryn Kagan
 "Why don't you stop by after you get off the air?" read the e-mail from my big boss at CNN. I thought he wanted to tell me what a great job I had done on breaking news that day. For the record, I had. Osama bin Laden had released a threatening tape, and our team had done a rocking great job delivering the news to CNN's worldwide...

6:03 PM Wednesday, Jan. 05, 2011

"Why don't you stop by after you get off the air?" read the e-mail from my big boss at CNN. I thought he wanted to tell me what a great job I had done on breaking news that day. For the record, I had. Osama bin Laden had released a threatening tape, and our team had done a rocking great job delivering the news to CNN's worldwide...
Daryn Kagan: Friends take leap of faith when you can't
 Sometimes our biggest job as a friend is simply to believe, to dare, to take the leap of faith when the person we love so much has run out of every ounce of hope. There are few people on earth who wanted to be a mom more than my college roommate and dearest friend, Heidi. And yet few people had a harder time making a baby. Thermometers, Clomid...

4:43 PM Wednesday, Jan. 05, 2011

Sometimes our biggest job as a friend is simply to believe, to dare, to take the leap of faith when the person we love so much has run out of every ounce of hope. There are few people on earth who wanted to be a mom more than my college roommate and dearest friend, Heidi. And yet few people had a harder time making a baby. Thermometers, Clomid...
Father uses comedy to help son fight brain cancer

8:01 PM Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012

Len Austrevich is laughing. When you hear his story, you'll probably ask yourself, "How and why?" I did. His only son, Miles, is 19 and battling his fourth recurrence of brain cancer. When I talked to Len the other day, he recounted the nightmare of the past 31/2 years. It started with his son complaining of blurred vision and headaches...
Wheelchair-bound athlete vows to turn tire tracks to footprints

6:22 PM Tuesday, Jan. 03, 2012

I have such a warm place in my heart right now for the readers of Sports Illustrated magazine. (Whether you're a sports fan or not, stay with me here.) For the first time ever, the editors of the magazine asked readers, "Who would you like to see on the cover of our year-end issue?" Did they pick an over-hyped quarterback? No. Did...