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.
How to Take Passover to the Next Level
As one of the most important Jewish holidays, Passover holds a special place in the hearts of Jewish families, who gather every spring for the ritual feast of seder. The holiday celebrates the Jews’ liberation from Egyptian slavery and the sparing, or “passing over,” of their firstborn sons when God sought to punish the land of Egypt.
The customs of Passover, which takes place this year from the evening of...
How to Keep the Faith in Tough Times
No one can deny that we’re living in difficult times. In the United States, the Covid-19 pandemic rocked a country that was already deeply divided along political lines, marred by frequent gun violence and struggling with substance abuse issues on every level of society. That’s not to mention the growing disparity between the rich and the poor as well as the bleak future that many see in store for the planet due to climate change.
These problems seem to affect religious people in two ways: Th...
4 Organizations to Support That Help Conquer Hunger
At this time of year, as most of us sit down to tables full of food, it can be easy to forget that many families aren’t as fortunate. In 2021, 33.8 million people lived in food-insecure homes where there wasn’t enough food for every family member to be healthy, according to the USDA. Many of these individuals live in poverty and don’t know where their next meal is coming from or whether they’ll go to bed with an empty stomach.
Fortunately, there are many nonprofit organizations that ensure th...
‘Outlander’ Star Sam Heughan Pens an Ode to Scotland in ‘Waypoints’
When actor Sam Heughan decided to write a memoir, Waypoints: My Scottish Journey, it wasn’t enough just to reminisce. He needed to revisit. So, the Scottish star of Outlander embarked on an ambitious solo journey, backpacking 100 miles into the country’s Highlands to reflect on the man he’s become — and how he got there.
Saying No Is Hard but Oh So Satisfying, Says Author Natalie Lue
For her entire life, Natalie Lue was used to pleasing other people and putting their interests before hers. No was a dirty word that she wouldn’t use — even while she spent three years silently suffering from sarcoidosis, an immune disease that caused blindness in her eye and severe joint pain. It can also lead to pulmonary heart failure.
Jewelry Mogul Kendra Scott Finds Beauty in the Imperfect
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Just three months after giving birth to her first child, Kendra Scott celebrated another major milestone. Her eponymous jewelry line, a labor of love that she started in a spare bedroom with $500 in 2002, was valued at more than $1 billion in 2016.
She has given more than $50 million to charity through her Kendra Cares program, was a guest on Shark Tank, and founded the Ke...
In ‘Happy-Go-Lucky,’ David Sedaris Ponders Life, Death, and Dental Surgery
David Sedaris’ previous book, Calypso, came out in 2018 — before the world turned upside down. Before we entered a lockdown and he was forced to stop touring and reading to live audiences, one of his favorite things in the world. Before his last living parent, his father, died, leaving him grappling with the ruins of their dysfunctional relationship. So, it’s understandable that his new collection of essays, Happy-Go-Lucky, has a darker edge that’s the polar opposite of its title.
Learn More About the Intricacies of Jewish History With These Nine Books
There are many celebrations to embrace in May, from the onset of warmer weather to Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and the unofficial arrival of summer with Memorial Day. And not to mention, all the graduations in between. But in 2006, at the behest of Jewish groups in Florida, another celebration was added to the mix — President George W. Bush designated May as Jewish American Heritage Month.
Return to ‘The Office’ With Co-Stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey’s New Book
On NBC’s hit workplace comedy The Office, series regulars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey played polar-opposite characters. The former starred as sweet receptionist Pam Beesly, while the latter portrayed the uptight head of accounting, Angela Martin. Describing them as frenemies was a stretch, mainly due to the “friendship” part of that portmanteau.
13 Movies That Capture the Unique Experience of Fatherhood
If you ask the average dad what he wants for Father’s Day, he usually won’t give you a helpful hint for a gift to buy. That’s because, more than likely, he simply wants to spend quality time with you. Getting together and watching a movie — especially one that’s about dads — is a great option for celebrating Father’s Day, coming up on Sunday, June 19.
Bonnie Wright Wants You to Fight Climate Change on Your Terms
When faced with climate change, you might feel small and helpless. After all, what can one person do to make a genuine difference when only a massive, concerted effort can truly turn the tide? Start wherever you feel comfortable — but start now. That’s the message Bonnie Wright shares in her new book, Go Gently: Actionable Steps to Nurture Yourself and the Planet.
Kevin Bludso’s First Cookbook is a Love Letter to Family, Flavor, and Compton
In the never-ending debate about the best type of barbecue in the United States — Carolina, Memphis, Kansas City, and Texas are usually the front-runners — you won’t hear Kevin Bludso, who has made a culinary career with his Texas-style barbecue, sing the praises of the Lone Star State alone.
Dispatches From Home: Catching Up With Rachael Ray
In the Shondaland series Reclaiming Home, you’ll learn that home is more than the place to lay your head at night. It’s a space where families gather, memories form, and a sense of calm begins. From joy-sparking plants to aromas that illicit comfy feelings, the ways in which you can maximize and take ownership of your home are varied. So settle in, and let's look at all the ways we make places and spaces our homes.
Don’t Forget to Eat Your Vegetables, Says Chef Éric Ripert
Slowly but surely, as more people get vaccinated and Covid-19 infection rates drop, the United States is returning to a sense of normalcy — or, perhaps, a new normalcy. In New York, a big indicator of that return was the recent reopening of Le Bernardin, French chef Éric Ripert’s three-Michelin-star restaurant, which is a landmark in Midtown, Manhattan.
Jessica Seinfeld Is a Perfectly Imperfect Vegan, and There’s Nothing Wrong With That
Sometimes, eating vegan can appear black and white. The rules of what you can and cannot eat are hard and fast. But author and philanthropist Jessica Seinfeld sees the gray in eating green.