What to Do When the Story Doesn’t Have a Happy Ending

Feb. 6, 2020 by

This is sad. I’ll tell you that from the start, so you won’t get your hopes up and think maybe it works out. It doesn’t. Lots of people have tried to help. Friends. Coworkers. Neighbors. Strangers. From the start, they

Bully score – 1; Freedom of Speech – 0

Jan. 29, 2020 by

I gave in to a bully. Standing up to bullies seems like an important thing to do, and I’m conflicted a little that I rolled over and complied. Yelling at the Bully Let me explain. If you read my post

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Sometimes Being Broken is the Gift

Jan. 22, 2020 by

2019 found me broken, crying in front of strangers, losing my temper with the plumber, and being told not to hear the test results alone. Ironically, my word for 2019 was GIFT. To Be Better and Stronger I chose that

Why Indecisive People Never Make It to the Top

Apr. 30, 2019 by

(Today’s blog post includes a short story with a twist and some insight on why I never made it to the top.) I let someone else decide my course. I knew it was happening as it played out, but I

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The Art of Asking for Help in a World of the Strong

Mar. 27, 2019 by

It’s hard to accept help when you’re too competitive, proud, concerned, or insecure to take it. My husband and I have this little arrangement. He does the dishes on Monday and Tuesday nights, and I do them on Wednesday and

Developing a Boundary – The Code for a Life Fully Lived

Feb. 23, 2019 by

Being able to set a boundary can be the difference between a life well lived and a life not lived. There’s this thing in software development where the developer writes the code in such a way that it prevents the

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Deep Water – A Short Story about Loving Yourself

Feb. 15, 2019 by

Tears splashed onto the fingerprints covering Jolie’s iphone. “What have I done?” The phone shook in her trembling hand as reality washed across her. “What was I thinking?” Bing. A Trevor text. “What in the world are you thinking? Delete

Look Up and Be Still – Hope for the Busy One

Feb. 7, 2019 by

My daughter loves scenic views. If we go to a new city, she’s always on the lookout for a great view from up high. The Empire State Building, the Eiffel Tower, Gellért Hill (Budapest). So it came as no surprise

When Feeling Insecure Leads to a Sweet Gift

Jan. 30, 2019 by

It had been a long week, and I wanted to cry or hide or both. I didn’t though. The task before me was clear. I couldn’t just ignore it. People who back out of things at the last minute urk

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Bruised, Beaten, and Better Off – Living with Community

Jan. 24, 2019 by

Things I learned from my Word for 2018 – Community Last year, when I landed on “community” as my word-of-the-year, I had been trying to push myself to be more social. You see, I’m happy to stay home and not