My specialties include general lifestyle, arts and culture, profiles, beauty, shelter/design, business and wellness. Note that some articles were written under my pseudonym, Pauline Estrem.
In 2020, it’s easy to feel like we’re living in a dystopian tale, and many of us are in survival mode. We naturally look to food, water, safety, clean air, masks, jobs, and healthcare for sustenance. But we also look to stories to keep us going. We at Shondaland understand the power of storytelling because that’s what we do. We also know the power of a good book. Now more than ever, we realize their importance to help us feel connected and comforted during trying times. With that in mind, we ...
Like most business owners, Alix Peabody, CEO and founder of Bev, a canned wine company in Los Angeles, was anxious when the pandemic hit. Her direct-to-consumer vino had just started selling in Target and grocery stores, and she worried that momentum would come to a screeching halt.
It’s been 20 years since the movie Erin Brockovich hit theaters, telling the true story of an inexperienced legal clerk and single mom who helped residents of Hinkley, California, win a $333 million class-action lawsuit against the Pacific Gas and Electric Company in 1996 for contaminating area groundwater. Julia Roberts won an Oscar for her portrayal of the titular character, and Brockovich became a household name.
No, Emma Donoghue doesn’t have a crystal ball. The best-selling author didn’t see COVID-19 coming when she decided to write her new novel, The Pull of the Stars, which is set amid the 1918 flu pandemic. But after reading an article two years about the devastating disease, which killed over 50 million worldwide, Donoghue’s interest was piqued. Given her penchant for historical fiction (The Wonder, Frog Music, Slammerkin), it seemed like an intriguing backdrop for a story.
In our series What It’s Like, we talk with people from a wide range of backgrounds to learn how their lives have changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. For our latest installment, we spoke with Megan Lane, a freelance writer in Wading River, New York. In addition to depression, generalized anxiety disorder, anorexia nervosa, and ADHD, the 30-year-old has been diagnosed with agoraphobia.
Agoraphobia is often simply defined as a fear of leaving home. In reality, it’s an anxiety disorder that...
To say the past year has been a roller coaster for Chef Dominique Crenn is a gross understatement. It’s been filled with lows, like her breast cancer diagnosis and the pandemic that has decimated the restaurant industry, as well as highs, like her engagement to actress Maria Bello and her forthcoming memoir. The French-born, San Francisco-based restaurateur's new book, Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters, explores her journey from being an adopted girl in France to the first female chef in ...
Excited whispers and the click of camera shutters told me we were getting close.
Sure enough, across expansive golden fields, I spotted the monument in the distance, looming above the horizon like a fortress.
Despite our group’s anticipation, I imagined that the early pilgrims who trekked to France’s Mont-Saint-Michel, a tidal island crowned by a medieval monastery, felt our excitement tenfold. After all, many had walked miles to reach this, one of the top pilgrimage sites in Christendom, bra...
"13 Reasons Why" Actor Bex Taylor-Klaus on the Show's Third Season, Auditioning as a Non-Binary Actor, and More
Trigger Warning: This post contains language about sexual assault and suicidal ideation that some readers may find disturbing.
During season 1 of the Netflix drama 13 Reasons Why, the scene showing Hannah Baker's death by suicide sparked controversy among viewers, critics, and mental health professionals for its graphic portrayal. Among those detractors was actor Bex Taylor-Klaus, who stars in season 3 of the series.
“When I heard they were going to be changing what was depicted in season 1, ...
While Facebook may no longer be the most relevant social media platform, with young users quitting it in droves, it has become more and more important in the work of law enforcement. For one detective in Delray Beach, Florida—part of the “rehab capital of America” and a major hub of the opioid epidemic—Facebook has been essential in the fight against corrupt operators in the area’s drug rehabilitation industry.
Actress Marcia Gay Harden’s memoir takes on her mother’s Alzheimer’s: 'I do for my mother what she can no longer do. I remember.'
Marcia Gay Harden is known for being an Oscar and Tony winning actress and a mainstay on primetime TV. But before she was celebrated for her craft, before she became a mother, before she got her MFA or her first role, she was Beverly’s daughter.
Virginia’s Tuesday election – with Democrats taking full control of state government for the first time in 26 years – not only has implications for the 2020 presidential election but may tip the scales in a fight that’s been waged for nearly a century: ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). This amendment, written in 1923 and languishing in the halls of government on and off since, declares sex discrimination a federal crime when it comes to divorce, property, employment, and other...
13 Reasons Why season 3 debuted on Netflix on August 23 and there were plenty of questions to be answered following the close of the second season. The series, adapted from the book by Jay Asher, follows a group of students at Liberty High School.
If you search the hashtag #BoPo — short for body positivity — on Instagram, you’ll find nearly 670,000 posts by individuals of all shapes and sizes celebrating their bodies.