Marin Magazine Home Design: Monthly Column

Cover1HomeRsz-52337d14In January of 2017, I began writing a monthly column on home design for Marin Magazine. This gig marries by two passions, writing and renovating. The assignment: Profile families who have recently moved to Marin or recently completed  an extensive remodeling project. The page design is exponentially better in the print version. But since you’re likely here to  review my writing style, please look past the art direction. Click to peruse the online version of some of my past columns. 



For kids with dysgraphia, bad handwriting is just the tip of the iceberg.

downloadBy Dawn Margolis Denberg

Few people recognize dysgraphia for what it is—an enormous stumbling block to academic success. Microsoft Word certainly doesn’t get it. I type “dysgraphic,” and my word processor flags it as a spelling error.

My son has dysgraphia, but there was a time when I didn’t get it either. Doctors are notorious for their illegible handwriting. If they can sail through school with a chicken scratch scrawl, well then, why worry?

What I didn’t realize is that for kids with dysgraphia, bad handwriting is just the tip of the iceberg.

The bigger issue for my son is the way dysgraphia weakens his ability to think clearly when writing. How it makes him struggle to put his thoughts down on paper.






Tales Untold Presents: Trunk Show

Screenshot 2015-05-14 09.58.17Annie’s got a lot on her mind.

A six-year-old girl with a big mouth and an even bigger heart, Annie isn’t shy about sharing her life lessons.

Mom’s work takes her away from home every week, leaving Annie to rely on her mom’s special childhood keepsakes–stored in an old, mysterious trunk–to guide her through all the things a girl her age needs to learn.

From dealing with the popular crowd to trying new food, follow along as Annie fills you in on the people and events in the world around her. Maybe even in the world around you, too. Click here to here the first episode or download the complete series using the Tales Untold App for $7.

Remodeling Revelations

001_MM_0415noUPC_cropped-b3acd829From high-sheen smoked glass cabinets to coffee bars, we asked the experts to tell us what’s hot.

OUR HOMES DO more than provide shelter. They reflect the needs, personalities and lifestyles of the people who inhabit them. So unless you’ve designed your place from scratch, there’s likely a project or 20 you’re contemplating to make your space more fully your own. To inspire you, we asked local experts for the latest and greatest home renovation trends. Click to read more.

Our Solution to Dyslexia


When I tell other parents that I drive an hour each way to take my son, Henry, to school, most think I’m crazy. But most don’t have a child with a learning disability. If they did, they would realize that an hour drive is a small price to pay to watch a child whose self-esteem was in tatters, not only thrive emotionally but also excel academically.

Most people—educators included—don’t grasp what it means to have a learning disability. Henry’s third grade teacher certainly didn’t. She was quick to tell me that my son was lazy and disengaged.

Click to read more. 

App Improves Math Skills in Kids with Dysgraphia

  Everyone and their mother has an idea for an app. And we all hold out hope that perhaps we’ll be the next SnapChat or Uber. I’d like that as much as the next guy. But when my app quietly debuted in the app store last year, funding from Kleiner Perkins was the last thing on my mind. Click here to read more.

Global Giving

From mobility for South Africans to peace-inducing Frisbee games on the West Bank, these Marin residents are making a difference around the world.


Marin County is a community known for its natural beauty, liberal politics and affluence. But it is also a population deeply committed to philanthropy. When it comes to charitable giving, locals are generous with money, time or both. Some take things a step further. When they see a problem not being adequately championed, they start their own charitable organizations to combat it. Meet five area residents who founded nonprofits intended to better the lives of strangers half a world away. Click here to read more. 

Park City’s New and Improved Canyons Resort

Screen Shot 2013-03-12 at 12.39.50 PMI admit it. Last year, when I received a press invitation to check out the Canyon’s Resort in Park City, I blew it off. As a freelance writer, I cover happenings in the ski industry with some regularity. And, well, I’d never even heard of Canyons. To my knowledge, Deer Valley and Park City Mountain were Utah’s two main draws. However, as the year went on, I began to hear chatter. Terms like “up-and-coming” and “upscale” were bandied about. So this year, when the invite came in, I jumped at the chance. And, much to my delight, there was a great story to be told here.  To read more click here. 

Why Pay Retail? The Murky World of Medical Billing

Screen shot 2013-02-01 at 3.29.56 PMLast year, I had the displeasure of contracting a viral nerve infection. I wouldn’t wish that kind of pain on my worst enemy. (Well, actually, there is this one woman…but that’s another story.) In any case, my doc ordered an MRI of my spine and my brain.

The word MRI struck fear in my heart. No, I’m not claustrophobic. The cost alone made my spine tingle. Past experience told me that two MRIs could easily set me back five to 10 grand. Click to Read More

Why Successful People Unplug—Or Should

Screen shot 2013-02-01 at 3.29.56 PMWhen I take a vacation, I really do try to leave work behind (sometimes I’m even  brave enough to leave my laptop at home). But like most people, I can’t resist the urge to check e-mail. Next thing I know, I find myself pecking long-form answers to work-related questions on my phone. And it’s a downward spiral from there.

Once, I sent a quick text to my editor saying: “Call me, I’m around if you want to discuss.”
Except thanks to autocorrect: the text read: “Call me, I’m aroused if you want to discuss.”   Click to Read More:

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