The Daily B

Storytelling and Misadventures

September 28, 2023

Terrible, Thanks for Asking

Don't You Want Somebody to Take Care of You?   I had the honor of telling my story on American Public Media's award-winning podcast, Terrible, Thanks for Asking with Nora McInerny. In the episode titled, "Don't You Want Somebody to Take Care of You?" I talk about...

Europe with kids
September 28, 2023

10 Things I learned traveling abroad with kids

Thanks to my job as a writer, I've visited some amazing places around the world. I've run a half marathon in China. I've glacier trekked in the Alps. I've backpacked in New Zealand. I've kite surfed in Vietnam. But when it came time to take...

September 28, 2023

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
September 28, 2023

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
September 28, 2023

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...

September 28, 2023

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...