Gabriella Mayer

Freelancer Writer/Editor/Social Media Guru

United States

I’m a freelance writer, editor, and social media enthusiast who got a BA in Comparative Literature and a Creative Writing MFA from New York University. This portfolio is a compilation of articles and book reviews I’ve written both for magazines, newspapers, social media, book review sites, and in my free time. If you’d like to contact me or have a look at my resumé/CV, you can send me an email at [email protected].



Cathexis Northwest Press
Metal As Two Objects; Great Grandma Hermine...; Warren

By: Gabriella Mayer Metal As Two Objects Great Grandma Hermine When Selling Her Husband's Childhood Home in 1953 Time to sell Ediger-- sell my home, Her husband said to her; more a summarization than resignation. He didn't want to admit Johannesburg was a new home for them.

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Arden Logic
Marketing and Advertising Services For All | Arden Logic

Other marketing companies want you to be at a certain level of success before they will even engage with you. At Arden, we want to grow with your company. Alongside the main services we provide, we can also guide you on other advertising strategies that will support your growth.

Can You Spot the Octopus? Instagram Reel | TED Talks

Posted for TED Conference's Instagram profile Incredible, isn't it? 🦑 Turns out, the skin and brains of these 8-legged creatures (along with those of squid, cuttlefish and other cephalopods!) are more complicated and wonderful than we thought, says marine biologist Roger Hanlon. For example, did you know that octopuses are *really* good at decision-making? So good that they can make more than 100 decisions about how to camouflage themselves in a short, 2-hour search for food?! 🤯 And that's...

Angela Lee Duckworth Instagram Reel | TED Talks

Posted for TED Conference's Instagram profile What TED Talk do you remember most? Over the next few weeks, we'll be sharing some of the most popular TED Talks of *all* time as part of a special Throwback Thursday series. First up? We're sharing this gem from psychologist Angela Lee Duckworth about what makes people successful. Her research shows that more than your IQ, social intelligence, physical health or talent — grit is the biggest predictor of whether you will reach your goals. "We...

101 Women in Business Conference Post

Tickets for the 2nd annual 101 Women in Business Conference are available today! This 3-day event will include panel discussions, educational sessions, and more. Don’t miss out – grab tickets now through the link in our bio!

How Boredom Helps You Do Your Best Thinking

TED Facebook page "By doing nothing, you are actually being your most productive and creative self. It might feel weird and uncomfortable at first, but boredom truly can lead to brilliance." Watch Manoush Zomorodi's full talk here:

Catapult Creative Media Inc.
PPC Agency Anaheim | Compete Nationally, Get Results

Anaheim is a charter city within the Los Angeles Metropolitan area and is the most populous city in Orange County and the 10th-most populous in California. While it originally started as an agricultural community that was most known for wine, it is now closely associated with the Disneyland Resort, Knott's Berry Farm, the Anaheim Ducks hockey team, and the Los Angeles Angels baseball team.

Gloria Chan Packer Instagram Reel | TED Talks

Posted on TED Conference's Instagram profile Tired of people saying your co-workers are “like a family”? 🤢 While the intentions behind this sentiment might be good — it is detrimental to your physical and mental health, says mental wellness educator Gloria Chan Packer (@recalibratemind). Many companies use the phase, “We’re like family,” to create a strong sense of culture and cultivate feelings of belonging among its employees. But instead, this “cool catchphrase” has blurred the lines of...

5 tips to declutter your home — and life | TED Talks

Carousel Need help finding the motivation to declutter your home? 📦 📦 We feel you — cleaning can be stressful! It can be tough to get rid of that old T-shirt you no longer wear, to sort through the piles stacked in the corner or to finally hang that piece of art on your wall. Yet when we have too much “stuff” in the home, it can have a serious impact on our physical *and* mental health. "Not only does stress make us feel out of control and unsettled,” explains McGill University...

Catapult Creative Media Inc.
PPC Agency Albuquerque | Compete Nationally, Get Results

Albuquerque is the largest city in New Mexico and the 32nd largest in the United States. It has a thriving population of 564,559 and is a principal city of the Albuquerque metropolitan area, which has almost a million residents alone. Albuquerque has a long, rich history with residents who've been able to trace their ancestries for thousands of years.

Alford Safe and Lock
5 Reasons Why A High-Quality Locksmith is a Good Investment

Many people think they can fix any lock themselves. Fixing locks, however, can be difficult, especially if you don't have the right tools for the job. Save yourself the headache of fixing it yourself and call a high-quality locksmith to do it for you.

Catapult Creative Media Inc.
PPC Agency Birmingham | Compete Nationally, Get Results

With a population of 209,880, Birmingham has a primary role within Alabama as its 2nd most populous city and as a principal city of the Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Area, which has a population of 1.1 million people. Founded in 1871 during the Reconstruction era, Birmingham emerged as a major industrial center and hub for mining, the iron and steel industry, and railroads.

Catapult Creative Media Inc.
PPC Agency Akron | Compete Nationally, Get Results

Akron is the fifth-largest city in Ohio with a population of 197,597, located just fifty miles from Cleveland. Within the Greater Akron area, Akron is a primary center of business and has been designated as "the City of Invention."

Clear Restoration
How Does Weather Affect Mold Growth? | CLEAR Restoration

While mold growth is a common occurrence for many homeowners in Louisiana and around the country, there are certain times of the year when there's a higher chance for the weather to affect mold growth. It's important that homeowners take note of when the mold is growing in their homes.

Catapult Creative Media Inc.
PPC Agency Altamonte Springs | Compete Nationally, Get Results

Altamonte Springs is a suburban city near Orlando and part of Seminole County, Florida. It has a population of 46,231 while the population in the Orlando Metropolitan Area contains over 2 million people. It's also home to a branch of the Seminole State College of Florida and is just a few miles away from the University of Central Florida and Rollins College.

Coastal Truck Driving School
The Different Types of CDLs | Coastal Truck Driving School

If you're interested in driving trucks for companies as a new career path, you may think that the driver's license you got when you were 16 is enough to take the wheel - but that's not the case! You cannot start your truck driving career without getting a commercial driver's license (CDL).

Catapult Creative Media Inc.
PPC Agency Boise | Compete Nationally, Get Results

Boise is the state capital of Idaho and is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. With a population of over 240,000, it is a part of the Treasure Valley area, which has five counties and the state's three largest cities inside it.

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Clear Restoration
Common Places to Find Mold Growth in Home | CLEAR Restoration

Mold is a common substance that many homeowners dread finding around their homes. In fact, a study provided by the National Center for Biotechnology Information has shown that 47% of homes in the U.S. experience mold problems. The conditions that allow mold to grow are high temperatures and high humidity.

Clear Restoration
How To Protect Your Roof From Water Damage | CLEAR Restoration

Many homeowners don't spot that parts of their roof have suffered from water damage until it's already affected their home's interior. From rainwater to trees and debris that can leave openings for water to seep through, leaving your roof vulnerable to leaks is a grave mistake.

Central Plumbing
Replace or Repair Your Water Heater? | Central Plumbing

On one hand, replacing your water heater is a good option to consider if you want a newer model that saves you money on your water bills. Yet, for many people worried about costs, the question of whether a water heater can be easily repaired versus needing to be replaced can weigh heavily.

Alford Safe and Lock
How to Store Money in a Safe | Alford Safe & Lock

According to the New York Times, there are almost 25 million safe deposit boxes at banks used in the United States. While many of us grew up assuming banks were the best places to store our hard-earned cash, that's slowly turning out not to be the case.

Clear Restoration
Prevent Water Damage In Winter | CLEAR Restoration

Water damage can happen despite seasonal weather changes. But winter means cold or freezing temperatures, which brings an increased risk of plumbing issues that can affect your home or business. Read below to learn more about how to prevent water damage in winter.

Central Plumbing
4 Ways to Get Energy-Efficient Plumbing | Central Plumbing

When you bought your home, you were likely content that it had all the best working appliances and plumbing systems you would need to be comfortable in your home. Yet as your home's plumbing system ages, it is likely to slow down and consume more energy to keep it functional, thus making it less efficient.

Central Plumbing
5 Signs You Have A Hidden Plumbing Problem | Central Plumbing

When there are major plumbing problems, it's obvious that a plumber must be called. But what if a symptom of a plumbing issue is not obvious? Brushing off a small or hidden plumbing problem can do more harm than good and let the issue at hand get worse.

Central Plumbing
Common Apartment Plumbing Problems Renters See | Central Plumbing

There are many advantages to living in an apartment building, especially if you're saving money to buy yourself a home. But the plumbing in apartments can also be tricky for renters to deal with since you have no control over how the previous tenants treated the plumbing system.

Coastal Truck Driving School
What is ELDT? | Coastal Truck Driving School

ELDT training will comprise classroom (theory) education and skills training. Students will learn approximately thirty subjects within the classroom portion of the training and must score a minimum of eighty percent on a theory assessment to meet minimum program requirements.

Coastal Truck Driving School
How To Pick the Right Trucking Company | Pick One That Fits You

You have your CDL in hand, have graduated from a truck driving school, and are ready to get started on your first job in your exciting new career as a truck driver. Getting a great job as a truck driver means you can experience independence, stability, the chance to travel, and get paid for a stable career!

Alford Safe and Lock
Can You Make A Key Without The Original? | Alford Safe & Lock

It's happened to many homeowners. You can't find your keys and even the spare is gone. I f your keys are nowhere to be found, don't panic! A licensed locksmith can help make you a new key without the original key. You may be asking if it's even possible if a locksmith can make a key without the original.


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SEO Content Writing Lifestyle
What Is an Out-Of-Court Settlement?

In the United States, over a million lawsuits every year get filed in local, state, and federal courts. Many people file them to pursue the full means of justice for the situation at hand. What usually happens, though, is the cases end with the parties settling out of court.

The Ultimate Anniversary Ketubah Text Guide

What a Ketubah Is and the Significance of the Jewish Wedding Contract Ketubah Designs That You'll Love for Your Wedding 7 Tips for Choosing a Ketubah Design for Your Wedding The Interfaith Ketubah and How It Has Affected Today's Marriages 7 Modern Papercut Ketubah Ideas for Your Upcoming Wedding 5

How to Make Animated Gifs: A Fangirl's Ultimate Guide

If you're a dedicated fan of a beloved music artist, TV show, or movie, animated GIFs are one of the ways to display that love online. And no, it is not pronounced as "jif". Whether you are showing off your GIF-making skills on Tumblr or texting them to your friends, knowing how to create animated GIFs is a valuable skill that is easy to learn.

What Are Washi Paper Sheets For? - AllTopStartups

Many Japanese products have become popular overseas for many reasons, and one such example of this is washi paper. While you may not have heard of this paper type before, that has not stopped people from using it for their projects and getting ingrained in modern Japanese culture.

food chain magazine
7 of the Best Types of Tuna Sushi - food chain magazine

Whether it is in the form of sushi or sashimi, you can't argue that tuna doesn't have a big place in the world of sushi. Tuna is one of the most popular species of fish to be used inside sushi, with over half of all sushi lovers preferring to order it over salmon and [...]

Developmental Pediatrics
Getting Your Toddler's Autism Diagnosis In Texas -

According to the Texas Autism Council, 1.54% of children receive an autism diagnosis in Texas every year. This is in comparison to the 1 in 54 children diagnosed yearly in the United States. Once there is a suggestion that a child may have autism or another form of autism spectrum disorder, it is vital to seek help.

Brand Portrait: Escentric Molecules

Minimalist yet innovative: what Escentric Molecules tries to do with its distinctive aromas in each bottle. That each scent is so diverse and complex in its structure that it can be worn alone is just proof of their genius. Since its founding in 2006, the brand has used its unique fragrances and essences to bring something different from aroma-molecules. When using an Escentric Molecules perfume in your day-to-day life, you travel on a unique adventure through scent, space, and...

Advanced Women's Health: How to Protect Healthcare for Women

According to the CDC , about fifteen percent of women aged 18 or above are in fair or poor health in the United States. While some of these ailments may come from more general injuries and illnesses, women are often in need of women's health specialists who can aid with obstetrics and gynecology topics.

American Beauty Supply
Nail Supplies: How To Store Them & Avoid Damaging Them

People spend an astonishing two billion dollars on nail products for their manicures and pedicures. Part of that expense comes from the number of nail supplies that requires nail storage at home. It’s fine to place a few nail polish bottles into a drawer, but if you have a larger collection, it may be time to consider buying nail storage. How do you store nail supplies carefully where they don’t take too much space? What are some dip powder storage ideas that can avoid any powder...

Turbie Twist
5 Hair Accessory Trends We Should Leave in 2020

2020 was a year that led to fewer opportunities to get outside and show off our cute hair pieces. It was a year that led to bad hair days and little chance to show off our cute 'do's outside during the pandemic. Let's be clear: there is nothing inherently wrong with any of these hair accessories.

The Painting Company San Diego
Best Home Office Color Schemes | The Painting Company San Diego

In 2020, gray was chosen as the most popular color to paint walls with. It's easy to see why. Gray is considered a very modern color that brings sophistication and works well with a productive workspace. In terms of finding the right colors, using a cold shade of gray can make it easy for your mind to wander.

Roma Designer Jewelry (RDJ, LLC)
Sterling Silver: Curate a Unique Jewelry Collection on a Budget

Sterling Silver: Curate a Unique Jewelry Collection on a Budget Sterling silver is an affordable alternative to other precious metals because it looks stunning and lasts, ensuring your jewelry will look great for years. Keyword(s): sterling, sterling silver, budget There are plenty of myths surrounding sterling, with p

Unit Appliances
Smart Hacks To Keep Your Dishwasher Working Properly

You may desire to wash your dishes every night so you can have sparkling new dishes in the morning. The problem with this is that if you do not have a lot of silverware or dishes inside, you use more water than necessary and shorten your dishwasher timeline.

Press Release Example Format: Getting You Started

You have a company announcement or a new collaboration or product you are selling. One of the best ways to get that information out there is to send out a press release. But what is a press release? For those who don't know, a press release is a document sent out by public relations departments or companies to media outlets.

Comma | Music for Gaming: Choosing Royalty Free Music for Twitch

For years now, the video gaming industry has been growing thanks to the prevalence of video game streamers who live stream old, new, and upcoming video games for websites like Twitch. Twitch is currently one of the most popular video game streaming websites, with 220,000 affiliate streamers and 27,000 partnered streamers gaining a large audience through the site alone.

Florida Independent 🌈
How To Use Lights In Your Mini Dioramas 🔦 Florida Independent

When you are looking for creative art ideas, one of the projects that can be particularly fascinating to work on is a diorama. For those who don't know about them, dioramas are three-dimensional exhibits or displays that can be any size and left open or encased in glass.

7 Impressive Benefits of Podcasts for Businesses

While podcasts are not a new topic or means of brand exposure, it's a format that is gaining popularity. After all, Edison Research says that one-third of Americans ages 25 to 54 listen to podcasts monthly. This shows a major growth potential for businesses that want to reach people with a podcast.

Internet Vibes
Exploring Beautiful America: What is Minnesota Known For?

Minnesota is not just the St. Paul-Minneapolis metropolitan area. While some might consider Minnesota to be one of the least popular states, US News & World Report actually called Minnesota the third best state in the country - and there are plenty of reasons why!

Flower City Flavor Company
Is Hot Sauce Vegan? A Comprehensive Look (2020)

With the prevalence of vegan diets growing in popularity, especially among 26% of millennials , the choices of plant-based and vegan foods are now commonplace. Despite this, many people who partake in a vegan diet are at first not sure which condiments they can and cannot eat.

The Washington Post - National Jobs
How to Become a Nurse: Your Quick-Start Career Guide

As of 2019, there are an estimated 2.86 million registered nurses in the United States alone. Working in a nursing career is interesting and rewarding. This is because it is a job that will always be necessary and make a difference to hundreds of lives throughout their working life.

7 Disturbing Statistics and Issues on Social Media Privacy

In terms of continuous data breaches at major companies and scandals involving firms like Cambridge Analytica, it can appear as if there is no place to hide when it comes to protecting your social media and social media privacy settings.

5 Reasons Why A Modern Ketubah Is Perfect for Your Interfaith Wedding

What a Ketubah Is and the Significance of the Jewish Wedding Contract Ketubah Designs That You'll Love for Your Wedding 7 Tips for Choosing a Ketubah Design for Your Wedding The Interfaith Ketubah and How It Has Affected Today's Marriages 7 Modern Papercut Ketubah Ideas for Your Upcoming Wedding 5 Reasons Why A Modern Ketubah Is Perfect for Your Interfaith Wedding If you are an interfaith couple and one person was traditionally raised Jewish, signing a modern ketubah is likely to be one of...

Trending Us
How to Wear Brown Dress Shoes With Absolute Style " Trending Us

twitter facebook linkedin whatsappWhen looking for a good color alternative to black dress shoes and the outfit you are wearing does not call for it, wearing dress shoes in brown works just as well. Brown dress shoes are a staple for any ...

San Francisco Chronicle-SFGATE: Lifestyle
The 6 Best Florida Beaches to Visit This Winter

Aside from being one of the best places to retire, Florida beaches are the pride and joy of the Sunshine State. Florida beaches are as beautiful and diverse as they are continuous. After all, Florida does have the longest coastline in the contiguous United States, with 1,197 miles in total.

The Future of Digital Privacy

oogle and Facebook have been big players in the digital space for many years now. So much so that they account for over 60% of digital advertising spending in the United States alone. That is quite the amount of ads that are delivered to millions of people daily!

The Center for Health and Wellbeing
What Is a Thyroid Screening and Why Is It Important?

About 20 million people in the United States have some form of thyroid disease. Thyroid disease can cause a number of health issues, such as intolerance to heat or cold, unexplained weight gain or weight loss, and a racing heartbeat. From hypothyroidism and thyroid cancer to Hashimoto's disease, any

Brushin' on Belmont
7 Teeth Whitening Tips Straight From a Dentist

A person's smile is one of the first parts of a face that people see. Because of this, many people want to make sure that a smile that will stop people in their tracks. Eighty percent of Americans aged 18 to 49 want to have whiter teeth and find out the best teeth whitening methods to do so.

How to Introduce Your Baby to a Pet - Nutura

The birth of a newborn baby is a beautiful and exciting time for a couple. Now that you've given birth, prepared the nursery, and come up with a name, it's time to bring your baby home. Yet, one aspect of bringing a baby home that is not often talked about is doing a pet introduction.

The Benefits of Adapted Books for Autistic Kids

Especially when you have children with autism, it is important to take all the steps that will help them succeed and learn new skills, even if they have to do it differently from other neurotypical children. Supporting kids with autism or other learning disabilities will make their ability to learn more accessible.

New Haven Register
7 Things to Consider When Planning a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

You just got engaged? Mazal tov! Now that you are beginning to plan a wedding, where do you start? Jewish wedding traditions play a large role in the typical Jewish wedding ceremony, making them different than Christian or non-Jewish weddings. Because of this, there are some aspects that you may want to think about in advance.

Mood Swings in Women: Great Coping Mechanisms and Strategies

We all have bad days and experience situations that can change our mood for the rest of the day. Both men and women experience mood swings, but there are certain circumstances that lead them to have more mood swings than men. If experienced frequently, it can affect your relationships, careers, and even physical and mental health.

Bitcoin Casinos Vs Ethereum: Which Crypto Casino is Right for You?

Gambling in casinos these days has grown more diverse in terms of payment, which is thanks to the rise of crypto casinos, where you gamble with cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum. Over the years, both cryptocurrencies have given online gamblers new ways to store their winnings.

Turbie Twist
Split up With Your Split Ends: The Best Ways to Fix Your Frayed Hair

Split ends are one of the most common forms of damage to hair and it can really make any hairstyle you try into a bad hair day. But what causes split ends? Split ends, for those who don't know, is when the hair shaft splits or frays along the hair's ends or the entire hair follicle.

Stelle World
An Essential Guide to Jazz Dance: It's So Much More Than Jazz Hands

Outside a dance studio, people may know jazz dance from the term "jazz hands" and the motion accompanying it. What they might not know is what exactly is jazz dance? How do you do it? Jazz is as experimental and jubilant as the music it comes from.

Easy & Fast Recipes
7 HCG Diet Recipes You Need to Try

After the first two days of the diet eating high-fat foods like eggs and avocado, it's time to start eating 500 calories a day. Maybe this is the first time you've heard of the HCG diet and you want to try something new to lose those extra pounds?

Entrepreneurship In A Box
Pay Less Taxes! Tips to Reduce Your Tax Burden

When filing your taxes as tax season comes around, the last thing anyone wants to see is the unexpected surprise of a large tax bill. Yet, keep in mind that taxes for 2020 may increase. This is because of the temporary pause on withholding payroll taxes through President Trump's executive order.

Bonnie Roberts Realty
3 Main Factors To Consider When Hiring a Realtor | Bonnie Roberts Realty

When preparing to sell your home, whether it's the first time or third time, you want to know that the realty team you hire will make the home-buying process easy and simple. You may receive recommendations on a certain realtor from friends and family, and that can be great.

A Guide to Targeting Homeowners with Facebook Advertising | USA Home Listings

When potential homeowners tire of traditional listing sites, they still want to look for real estate listings that can give information on the homes they want simply and quickly. And now they can stop obsessing over sites that rhyme with pillow and browse potential homes from their personal newsfeed.

Beyond The Magazine
A Checklist for Sanitizing your Restaurant

Keeping your sanitized kitchen open for business during stay-at-home orders is essential as restaurants are estimated to lose around $240 billion by the end of 2020. While sanitizing a restaurant is always important, during the unprecedented times surrounding COVID-19, cleaning a restaurant, maintaining food regulations, and keeping your employees and guests safe is more important than ever.

New York Time Post
How to Make an Online Portfolio in Just a Few Minutes - New York Time Post

You want a special place online where you can display your skills, knowledge about any specialties, and personality to any potential clients or employers. If you don't want to stick to a LinkedIn profile, or you are a designer or other creative person, an online portfolio is the best way to do so.

Top 5 Jobs You Can Get With a GED

If, because of financial or life situations, you will not be able to go to college or finish high school, there is still an option to finish your education and put you on a good path for the rest of your life.

Hugo Coffee Roasters
Hugo's Origin Story and Mission

Hugo Coffee has become such a wonderfully large community. Our origin story will surprise you since it's actually a love story -- for coffee and dogs. Founder and CEO Claudia McMullin is all about dogs and love for animals, having rescued dogs since she was in her 20s.
When it's Okay to Self-Diagnose Your Illness -

"Is it a cold or the flu? Is it simple or something more serious?" These are the thoughts that usually come in mind once we feel ourselves getting sick. There are some cases where patients know their situations better than their doctors.

Mike Gingerich
How Much Do Yoga Instructors Earn Today? - Mike Gingerich

The thousands of years old tradition of yoga is skyrocketing in popularity around the world, with 20.4 million people participating in yoga in 2012. Today, yoga is present in many forms of life, such as hospitals, schools, and workplaces, especially in the United States where a growing percentage of Americans say they plan to try it at least once a year.

In NewsWeekly
What Is Consumer Fraud? Comprehensive Guide - In NewsWeekly

From identity theft and misleading statements to fake offers and pyramid schemes, many people are unaware or unsure of what is consumer fraud. While difficult to identify, if you get caught up in any consumer fraud types, it can be your worst nightmare that can affect you for a long time.

How to Recruit Efficiently

Finding the best people to work at your company can take time if you don't know where to start or need to revamp. With the right efficient recruitment methods, keeping new talent at your company will be very easy. Take a look at this guide on how to improve recruiting efficiency for your business.

5 Common Campfire Cooking Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

( -- August 25, 2020) -- Picture it: you're camping out in the woods and have volunteered to cook a meal for your group. You have the food and materials you need and feel ready to start. The problem? You've never cooked over a campfire before.

News Articles

My Jewish Learning
Where to Do Tashlich in New York During the Coronavirus Pandemic | My Jewish Learning

Tashlich is one High Holidays ritual that can remain mostly unchanged during the pandemic. The High Holidays ritual of tashlich involves visiting a body of water and throwing bread in it to symbolically cast away their sins from the previous year. Fortunately, for Jews celebrating the High Holidays in 2020, tashlich is one ritual that can remain mostly unchanged.

My Jewish Learning
Where to Hear the Shofar in New York in 2020 | My Jewish Learning

To hear the shofar (a ram's horn) during Rosh Hashana and at the end of Yom Kippur services is one of the most important High Holidays traditions. The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting all aspects of Jewish life, including how Jews will hear the shofar during this High Holidays season.

The Palm Beach Post
Coronavirus Florida: Palm Beach Synagogue holds bar mitzvah via Zoom

Jordan Amster, 13, and his family had planned to celebrate his bar mitzvah with his extended family in Israel.But as the coronavirus spread and restrictions were placed on travel, the family knew they had to find an alternative way to celebrate."We had plans long before to go to Israel since we have family there," said Jordan's father, Danny Amster.

Palm Beach Daily News
Race of Hope raises $400K for depression research

The 2nd annual Hope for Depression Research Foundation's Race of Hope was held at Royal Poinciana Plaza Saturday. For a few moments, it looked like as though rain would reappear for a second year at the Hope for Depression Research Foundation's Race of Hope.

Palm Beach Daily News
Coronavirus Florida: Ann Norton kicks off webinar series on Wednesday

The Ann Norton Sculpture will present the first of a three-part series on wellness via Zoom. The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is closed until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic, but beginning Wednesday it will offer one of its planned speaker series via Zoom.

Palm Beach Daily News
Coronavirus Florida: Palm Beachers boost United Way, Community Foundation efforts

Within two weeks of launching each emergency fund for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the Town of Palm Beach United Way has raised $400,000 while the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties has raised over $1 million for the cause.The Town of Palm Beach United Way's COVID-19 Emergency Fund assists residents with short-term needs such as food and health care, and long-term needs resulting from unexpected layoffs and loss of income.The latest $50,000 matching

Palm Beach Daily News
From museum wall to table

The Center for Creative Education asked local designers to create table pieces for their "Education Meets the Arts" Spring Gala March 5, 2020 at the Norton Museum of Art. For its "Education Meets the Arts" Spring Gala on Thursday at the Norton Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Education commissioned local designers to create a "tablescape" inspired by the museum's permanent collection.

Palm Beach Daily News
Animals dressed to impress at 27th Worth Avenue Pet Parade

Costumed pets and their owners took part in the Worth Avenue Pet Parade and Contest on Via Amore Saturday March 14, 2020 They say that smiles are the best kind of medicine, and the 27th annual Worth Avenue Pet Parade and Contest, which took place Saturday morning, was chock-full of them.

Fr'd'ric Fekkai Salon closing after 15 years in Palm Beach

After 15 years at The Brazilian Court, the Fr'd'ric Fekkai Salon is leaving Palm Beach. Starting Friday, the facility will open as The Brazilian Court Salon. "The parties have agreed to end their relationship, but [The Brazilian Court] will continue in the luxury salon business with all of the staff remaining," said Richard Schlesinger of Copperline Partners, which owns the hotel.

The Palm Beach Post
Frédéric Fekkai Salon closing after 15 years in Palm Beach

The Frdric Fekkai Salon will end its Palm Beach run at the Brazilian Court Hotel, but hotel officials say the facility will be renamed the Brazilian Court Salon. After 15 years at The Brazilian Court, the Frdric Fekkai Salon is leaving Palm Beach. Starting Friday, the facility will open as The Brazilian Court Salon.

Palm Beach Daily News
Nantucket mainstay opening location soon in Palm Beach

For those who miss having their New England seafood during the winter, a Nantucket, Mass., mainstay is on its way to Palm Beach.Named for the latitudinal location of the original restaurant, LoLa 41 Global Bistro & Sushi Bar will be opening its second restaurant later this month or early January.

Palm Beach Daily News
New mini-movie festival showcases fresh voices

Amateur filmmakers from South Florida will be front and center at the Palm Beach International Mini Movie and Film Festival, which will be held Monday at the Norton Museum of Art.The festival will exhibit short films and longer documentaries dedicated to art, nature and science.The goal of the festival, according to its press release, is to "encourage young filmmakers around the world to express their ideas and show their creativity through the art of filmmaking while giving them access

Magazine Articles

Boca Raton Observer
Hello, Living Coral!

Brighten up with decor in Pantone's Color of the Year.
Peace, Love And Chicken Tenders

After a successful launch at Disney Springs last year, Food Network personality and restaurateur Guy Fieri and Planet Hollywood restaurateur Robert Earl are bringing their Chicken Guy! concept to Aventura Mall. "I know the good people of Miami love the real deal because some of my favorite 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' joints are in the area," Fieri noted in a press release.

Boca Raton Observer
Tick Tock

Time is on your side with stylish men's watches.
An Egg-Cellent Choice

Yolk, which has enjoyed a cult-like following in Chicago, features eggs in ways that give new meaning to sunny-side up. "At Yolk, we push the envelope with new and creative breakfasts, specialty juices and our own private label premium coffee," notes the eatery's website.
Join The Bubble Tea-Volution

Welcome Bubbleology, the new spot for boba tea and bubble waffles that has taken up residence in The Shops at University Park. The chain, which originated in the United Kingdom and expanded across Europe, the United States and the Middle East, prides itself on making sure each freshly made bubble tea and bubble waffle is customized to customer preference.

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Now, That's Italian!

The iconic Il Mulino, known for its fine Italian dining, has opened a Boca Raton locale, swiftly becoming a hot spot for diners craving its authentic Abruzzo-inspired cuisine. "We are excited to launch our first Il Mulino New York restaurant in the heart of Boca Raton," said Brian Galligan, president of Il Mulino New York, in a press release.
Mamma Mia!

Helmed by Chef Cosimo Cassano, formerly of Michelin-starred Bacco Osteria in Puglia, Italy, the Collins Avenue venue features menu items typically found in small villages along the Italian coastline. Amare means "to love" in Italian - and there's plenty to love about this gem: fresh, seasonal ingredients; a dining room with azure, white and coral hues to reflect the Bay of Naples; hand-carved ceramic tiles from Naples; and service extraordinaire.
Fresh Twist

The Fort Lauderdale restaurant - which opened in 2006 and moved to its current locale in 2012 - has revamped its menu, introducing its "Italian comfort with a twist" concept. Created by Giovanni Rocchio, owner and chef, the reboot is the first since the eatery opened seven years ago and focuses on Italian classics with Chef Rocchio's whimsical touch.
New Kid On The Block

So you can expect a similar crowd at the club's new sister venue, Myn-Tu, a restaurant-slash-lounge open for dinner Thursday through Saturday until 2 a.m. The 2,500-square-foot space has dining for 80 - who no doubt will be mesmerized by the stylish décor, like LED-infused mirrors on the ceiling and walls, an open kitchen, black marble dining tables and white leather booths.
Den Of Modern Delights

"Mandrake will be both an escape from the ordinary and a unique setting unseen on South Beach," according to a press release. "Walking into the 5,000-square-foot space through turquoise-colored front doors with antique Chinese door knockers brings the sensation of stepping into a covert underground hideaway of an Asian restaurant in a bustling metropolis."
Nautical Charm

Located inside the Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa, the 115-seat venue echoes its beachfront locale via decor like rigging accents, historical fishing photos and nautical artifacts. AND Fish Kitchen + Bar offers up a wide variety of seafood options and mainland favorites, all inspired by the city's casual coastal charm and world-class fishing.
Food For The Soul

You can thank Root & Bone, which recently unveiled its South Miami location of the acclaimed New York City concept known for Southern hospitality, charm and bold flavors. The cuisine is soul-nurturing, conscientiously sourced and farm-fresh thanks to celebrity chefs Jeff McInnis and Janine Booth, who pay homage to the recipes and traditions of rural America.
Shop Smarter, Live Longer

But the chain's president and CEO, Frank Scorpiniti, also wants shoppers to know what they won't find there - harmful chemicals and ingredients, such as added hormones, GMOs, bleached or bromated flour, artificial fats, trans-fats, antibiotics, artificial colors and high-fructose corn syrup.
Say Hai

That quote from Confucius figures prominently on Hai House's website. But the new Palm Beach restaurant no doubt wants to change that adage. Helmed by award-winning Chef James Strine, the Worth Avenue eatery features authentic Asian cuisine in a refined setting.
Cultural Remix

Originally founded in 2001 by friends and surfers Diego Herrera and Diego de la Puente in Lima, Peru, Osaka will debut its first U.S. location in the coming months. The concept was inspired by the duo's Peruvian roots, travels in Europe and Asia, and passion for the ocean.
Brews, Bites And Beats

The East Boca venue, spanning 9,000 square feet, serves up craft beer, chef- driven cuisine and live music all under one roof. It's helmed by entrepreneur Mike Goodwin; brewmsater Corey Wilson; and Executive Chef Tara Abrams, formerly of JEY Hospitality.
Let's Taco 'Bout It

The restaurant's house-made, street-style tacos and burritos are created for all taste buds, with selections for meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans and even those with gluten allergies.
Hidden Gem

"At Paradiso, you will find traditional Italian cuisine with a modern interpretation. This blend of innovation and deep respect for the old traditional Italian recipes are expressed in these distinctive dishes," he writes on the eatery's website. "The quality of my cuisine is achieved through incorporating the finest ingredients, with an emphasis on premium fresh and organic products.
Fresh Catch

Seafood is the thing at Loch Bar, a classic seafood tavern whose flagship is located in Baltimore. The 200-seat, 5,500-square-foot restaurant serves up plenty of delights fresh from the ocean, including 14 varieties of oysters, crab legs, ceviche and poke.
New Kid On The Block

Want to try it out yourself? Visit the new Seek + Find in Coral Gables. Run by owner Kevin Gouchee and Chef Frank Imbarlina, the venue combines mixology, gastronomy, art and music in an industrial setting evoking Manhattan or Brooklyn.
Toast To The Past

Head to Loews Miami Beach Hotel, where you can relive the golden age of cocktails - with a twist. The Bellhop Bar, a whimsical pop-up bar in the lobby of the hotel, "unpacks" daily from 5-7 p.m. But don't expect the typical bar setup.
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Therapy Will Always Be Necessary - Even If You Don't Need It Right Now

I grew up with the notion it was not socially acceptable to speak about mental health or therapy. If you did, you risked someone you knew hearing about it. And if, god forbid, they did, then they would judge your family and shun you. That was hard to hear because I needed someone to talk to.

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4 Simple Tricks For Keeping A Clean Bathroom

The best method to keep a clean bathroom is to do it routinely. Whether easy to clean stainless steel sinks or vitreous china, cleaning can still be a bit of a hassle.

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7 Items You Should Avoid Placing In Bathroom Storage

Bathrooms are commonly used for the storage of necessary items that are good to keep close at hand. However, simply because you can, doesn't always mean you should. In fact, there are several items that are regularly stored in bathrooms that really shouldn't be.


It's been too long since we've last seen each other. Some may say that we are different people now then who we were when we were younger and that we were perhaps only meant to stay together during our childhood. Despite all of this, I could never forget you and I will never stop being your vina.


Between the overpriced tuition, meal plans, and activities and fun that comes with college life, it's all too easy to spend way too much money during your college years. But, the magic that comes with all four of the years doesn't need to come with that high price tag.


When summer starts, all you want to do is soak up the sun, but once summer is nearing the end and humidity hits, you start wishing for cooler weather. The longer summer goes on, the harder it is to think of something to do while you’re battling the heat. Most of the time, it seems as though you’re scrambling to the nearest AC...

Her Culture
On Being Between a Chubby and Plus-Sized Person

by Gabriella Mayer Staring at my phone, an open browser on a page talking about Ashley Graham bathing suits It's the luscious taste of the first Pumpkin Spice Lattes of Fall.

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What's with the Separate Seating in Orthodox Synagogues?

by Gabriella Mayer Looking at most Jewish denominations throughout the United States, it seems easy to say that women's roles in synagogues are slowly but surely increasing. As the woman's role moves from household duties to maintaining a successful career, so has the option for women to become ra


You made it, my fellow vinas. After living in the dorms and enduring countless nights in the library feeling completely sleep-deprived, you finally made it out alive and graduated from college! Your parents were crying at the ceremony and you celebrated with all of your friends. You deserved every second of the celebration.

Book Reviews

Parkland: Birth of a Movement |

Dave Cullen unfolds the story of Parkland through the voices of key participants whose diverse personalities and outlooks comprise every facet of their grassroots #neveragain movement.

Cult X |

When Toru Narazaki's girlfriend, Ryoko Tachibana, disappears, he tries to track her down, despite the warnings of the private detective he's hired to find her. Ryoko's past is shrouded in mystery, but the one concrete clue to her whereabouts is a previous address in the heart of Tokyo.

Varina |

Her marriage prospects limited, teenage Varina Howell agrees to wed the much-older widower Jefferson Davis, with whom she expects the secure life of a Mississippi landowner. Davis instead pursues a career in politics and is eventually appointed president of the Confederacy, placing Varina at the white-hot center of one of the darkest moments in American history --- culpable regardless of her intentions.

Closer Than You Know |

One Tuesday evening, Melanie Barrick goes to pick up her son, Alex, from childcare only to discover he's been removed by Social Services. Her nightmare mushrooms when she arrives home to learn her house has been raided by sheriff's deputies, who have found enough cocaine to send Melanie to prison for years.

Beautiful Days: Stories |

In BEAUTIFUL DAYS, Joyce Carol Oates explores the most secret, intimate and unacknowledged interior lives of characters not unlike ourselves, who assert their independence in acts of bold and often irrevocable defiance. In "Big Burnt," a cunningly manipulative university professor exploits a too-trusting woman in a way she never could have anticipated.

We'll Sleep When We're Old |

Oscar Martello, president of a film production company, is a self-made man. Despite his humble origins, he has managed to achieve unbelievable fame and success. Andrea Serrano, his best friend, is a scriptwriter who explores the themes of love and murder in his work.

Poetry Will Save Your Life: A Memoir

For Jill Bialosky, certain poems stand out like signposts at pivotal moments in a life: the death of a father, adolescence, first love, leaving home, the suicide of a sister, marriage, the birth of a child, the day in New York City the Twin Towers fell.

Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years

In 1994, Nelson Mandela became the first president of democratic South Africa. Five years later, he stood down. In that time, he and his government wrought the most extraordinary transformation, turning a nation riven by centuries of colonialism and apartheid into a fully functioning democracy in which all South Africa's citizens, black and white, were equal before the law.

The Golden House |

On the day of Barack Obama's inauguration, an enigmatic billionaire from foreign shores takes up residence in the architectural jewel of "the Gardens," a cloistered community in New York's Greenwich Village. Along with his improbable name, untraceable accent, and unmistakable whiff of danger, Nero Golden has brought along his three adult sons.

After Anatevka: A Novel Inspired by "Fiddler on the Roof"

The world knows well the tale of Tevye, the beloved Jewish dairyman from the shtetl Anatevka of Tsarist Russia. Tevye, his wife Golde and their five daughters dealt with the outside influences that were encroaching upon their humble lives. But what happened to those remarkable characters after the curtain fell?