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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As country megastar Trisha Yearwood celebrates the release of her fourth cookbook, Trisha’s Kitchen: Easy Comfort Food for Friends & Family, she can’t help but look back at the chance conversation that changed everything.
Back in 2008, if you were watching the fifth season of Top Chef, it was obvious early on that one of the chef-testants was truly something special. Carla Hall quickly became a fan favorite thanks to her warm personality, sharp wit, and cooking chops, and even though she didn’t win the competition — coming in second with another runner-up contestant — the show catapulted her into the national spotlight.
Even though the Covid-19 pandemic has ensured that most of us are spending more time in our homes, that also means more home-cooked meals than ever before. And, if you’re anything like us, you feel just as burned out about cooking as you do about … well, everything else these days.
During a time of uncertainty, the acclaimed author and baker Dorie Greenspan spent many hours in the kitchen working on her latest project — her new cookbook, Baking With Dorie: Sweet, Salty & Simple — and she had company to assist her. With help from two willing taste testers — her son and her daughter-in-law — she developed recipes for her 14th cookbook.
Back in the 1990s, when the ABC sitcom Sister, Sister was on the air, it was easy to get identical twin sisters Tia and Tamera Mowry mixed up. After all, they were often dressed in matching outfits and coiffed in identical hairstyles, to boot. However, in the three decades since, each sister has forged her own distinct professional path.
For Halle Berry, 1989 was a major turning point both personally and professionally — specifically, her role as Emily Franklin on the ABC series Living Dolls. Not only does the Oscar and Emmy winner consider it her breakthrough role, but it was also a pivotal moment for her health. One day, while taping the show, Berry, then 32, suddenly fell into a coma. Soon after, she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes.