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.
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...
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.
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.
For many of us fully immersed in the digital age, it's hard to imagine a world before the advent of the internet, cloud storage, and smartphones.
Experts have found that in addition to making our lives more convenient, but there's a negative side to technology — it can be addicting and it can hurt our communication skills.
Extended screen time can result in health ramifications like insomnia, eyestrain, and increased anxiety and depression.
A renewed conversation about the pseudo-scientific technique of gay conversion therapy seems to be emerging nationwide, thanks to the upcoming premieres of two high-profile films on the subject.
MyFitnessPal, along with healthy diet and exercise, helped author Chelsea Greenwood lose weight. The app helps her stay accountable by tracking calories and her weekly workouts. Here's how MyFitnessPal app helped her lose 28 pounds in four months.
They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Even though science doesn't fully back up that claim - and many people do just fine skipping it altogether - it still pays to eat smart first thing in the morning. To know which dishes to avoid, we rounded up the worst foods to eat first thing in the morning.
If you suffer from a mental illness like depression or anxiety, know that you're not alone: In a given year, about one in five US adults — or 43.8 million — experiences mental illness, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. But there is hope — and help.
A 2017 study by researchers from Brown University and the University of California examined the experienced of 60 meditation practitioners. It revealed that meditation can cause surprising negative side effects, affecting participants' emotions, sensory perception, social interaction, sense of self, and more.
This miracle drug was the only thing that cleared up my severe acne — and now it's available to everyone
Differin Gel recently became available over-the-counter after being prescription-only for years.
It's tough for Hollywood producers to resist adding sex scenes to movies (well, those geared toward adults, at least). Because, for the most part, audiences enjoy the idea of beautiful people having an intimate moment - one in which everything goes perfectly smoothly.