The Daily B

Storytelling and Misadventures

February 19, 2018

Climate Change, Two Ways

Another of my flash essays, this one published in Hakai Magazine:   Climate Change, Two Ways Two hundred meters away, a humpback whale breaches. But it’s doing more than breaching—it’s rocketing into the air before it crashes down, creating a thunder that echoes off the surrounding cliffs and...

family standing in woods
February 19, 2018

Homeland Security

I've been working on a series of flash essays (flash = very short, usually under 1,000 words). I love the challenge of trying to tell a complete story within such a tight framework. Each word, each image has to work especially hard. I was honored...

Bronwynn Wagner
February 19, 2018

My kid wrote a book. You should buy 10 copies.

Pet Stories By Bronwynn Wagner with Gina DeMillo Wagner Bronwynn Wagner, age 9, has been creating books for five years. Her most recent series of books, a collection of holiday stories, sold out the same day she released them (she sold them door-to-door in the neighborhood). Thinking...

February 19, 2018

Wood Tile Flooring: After

Many people have asked how our porcelain wood tile floor is holding up a year later. In a word: BEAUTIFULLY. It still looks brand new. Not a single tile has cracked or lost its finish. And, we love every inch of it. The texture has been...

February 19, 2018

Wood Tile Flooring: Renovation Diary

We bought our 1980s split-level house "as is." It was 2010, the bottom of the real estate crash, and we got a great deal. But with it also came a great deal of work: a 30-year-old air conditioner, bad sewer line, unfinished landscaping, plumbing problems...

February 19, 2018

How I created an “American Boy” doll for my son

Note: This post was written in October 2015. At that time, American Girl did not offer any 18-inch boy dolls. In February 2017 they introduced one to their product line. While I'm happy to see that, I'd like to give credit to the courageous startups...