Posts by Caitlin Flynn

10 Steve Carell Moments That Sum Up Why We Love Him

Celebrate Steve Carell’s birthday with these iconic moments from his TV and film career. The year 2005, though not a particularly eventful period in U.S. history, marked one very important development in pop culture. I am, of course, referring to Steve Carell’s rise to fame thanks to stellar performances on both the big screen (who could forget the modern-day classic 40-Year-Old Virgin?) and, of course, the premiere of the U.S. version of The Office. In        …read more

Sharp Objects

HBO's 'Sharp Objects' and the Rise of the Antiheroine

The 'Sharp Objects' miniseries is every bit as disturbing as its source material, and it couldn’t have hit our small screens at a more perfect time. Before Gone Girl skyrocketed to the top of best-seller lists everywhere, Gillian Flynn’s 2006 debut novel Sharp Objects found a niche audience with psychological-thriller aficionados. Twelve years later, it’s come to life on our small screens in an HBO miniseries executive produced by Flynn. Devoted fans of the book        …read more

Malala Yousafzai

27 Malala Yousafzai Quotes to Empower You to Raise Your Voice

On Malala Yousafzai’s 21st birthday, read the young activist’s most inspiring quotes. There aren’t too many recognition days dedicated to college students — but Malala Yousafzai is hardly your average young adult. The UN has designated July 12, which is Yousafzai’s birthday, Malala Day in honor of the young woman who has been a prominent activist for female education since her early teens. Yousafzai’s humanitarian work came at a near-fatal cost. At age 11, inspired by        …read more

PTSD

PTSD Awareness Day: Dispel the Myths and Break Down the Stigma

For PTSD Awareness Day, June 27, we spoke to experts about the causes, symptoms and treatment of the illness that affects millions of people each year. We’ve all heard the platitude that “time heals all wounds,” but the 7.8% of Americans who experience PTSD at some point in their lives are painfully aware this isn’t always the case. The illness, which is characterized by symptoms including flashbacks, intrusive thoughts, nightmares, avoidance and hypervigilance, causes a        …read more

Anne Frank quotes

23 Anne Frank Quotes That Will Inspire You & Break Your Heart

On her birthday, June 12, read the most powerful Anne Frank quotes. On Anne Frank’s 13th birthday, she received a red-and-white-checkered autograph book that she almost immediately began using as a diary. Less than a month later, Frank and her family went into hiding in the “Secret Annex” located in the office building of her father, Otto Frank. His most trusted employees, Victor Kugler, Johannes Kleiman, Miep Gies and Bep Voskuijl, along with Gies’ husband,        …read more

autoimmune diseases

Autoimmune Diseases: Why Millions Go Undiagnosed​ & What to Do about It

Autoimmune diseases are more common than you think, but they’re misunderstood in the medical community. In early 2013 I became chronically exhausted for no apparent reason. I began going to bed right after work and sleeping through the weekends, but my fatigue only worsened. Next came the unexplained fevers and rashes, the extreme dizziness when I was exposed to sunlight, and the joint and muscle pain that was so severe it sometimes left me in        …read more

Puerto Rico recovery efforts

Olympic Gold Medalist Monica Puig Leads Puerto Rico Recovery Efforts

Off the tennis court, Puig is focused on helping Puerto Rico recovery efforts. Tennis player Monica Puig currently resides in Miami, but her heart is in her place of birth: the island of Puerto Rico. At the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Puig became the first athlete to win a gold medal representing Puerto Rico. Just over a year after Puig’s historic win, Hurricane Maria devastated the island and Puig swiftly took action to help those        …read more

World Health Day

How to Make a Difference on World Health Day

Half the world’s population doesn’t have access to health care. Here’s how to help on World Health Day and every day. April 7 is World Health Day, and this year’s cause is access to health care for everyone. According to statistics gathered by the World Health Organization, half the world’s population currently doesn’t have access to health care — and a staggering 100 million people have been forced into poverty due to health care costs.        …read more

literary landmarks

14 Literary Landmarks for Your Bookish U.S. Road Trip

These literary landmarks are the stuff of every bookworm’s dreams. There’s a lot to take into account when you’re planning a vacation, but one thing bookworms never want to miss is the chance to visit a literary landmark (or five…or 14). Even if you’re sticking to a certain state or region, there’s almost always the opportunity to visit at least one place where incredible authors wrote some of their greatest works. If you’re the road-tripping        …read more

A Wrinkle in Time movie

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ Is as Groundbreaking as the Banned Book

‘A Wrinkle in Time’ opens March 9. Here’s why both the book and the feature film are such important milestones. In 1963 Madeleine L’Engle’s classic children’s novel A Wrinkle in Time won the Newbery Medal, the most prestigious prize in children’s literature. The book was adapted to a TV miniseries in 2003, but given the book’s literary and commercial success, it’s surprising that it’s taken nearly six decades to make its way to the big screen.        …read more

Jane Goodall documentary

Inside Jane Goodall’s Tireless Fight to Save the Environment

Jane Goodall explains why she still has hope the environment can be saved, and why we all need to be active participants. Renowned primatologist, anthropologist, activist and feminist icon Dr. Jane Goodall is now 83 years old, but to say that age hasn’t slowed her down would be the understatement of the century. Goodall spends approximately 300 days each year traveling all over the globe, keeping up a steady schedule of speaking engagements that educate        …read more

Johnny Cash songs

Remembering the Man in Black: 12 Best Johnny Cash Songs & Covers

In honor of his birthday February 26, we’ve gathered 12 top Johnny Cash songs and covers for your playlist today. Few artists have had as profound an impact on the music world as Johnny Cash. Although he’s best known for his country music, Cash’s repertoire also included gospel, folk and rock — he even recorded a haunting cover of the Nine Inch Nails song “Hurt” toward the end of his career. Dubbed “The Man in        …read more

World Day of Social Justice

6 Important Causes to Recognize on World Day of Social Justice

On World Day of Social Justice, these human rights issues deserve our attention. The United Nations General Assembly has designated February 20 as World Day of Social Justice. The date is an opportunity to recognize social and economic injustices in the world — and to find ways to help those affected. World Day of Social Justice aims to break down the barriers created by gender, class, race, sexuality and religion to create a world that        …read more

rally driving

Rally Driving Champ Gail Truess: From the Pit Crew to the Podium

She started out working on logistics and mechanics for a rally team, but now Gail Truess is a big deal in the rally driving world. When Cooper Tires invited me to Monterey, California, for a Ride and Drive event, I immediately said yes. When else would I get the opportunity to speed around the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with some of the world’s top-ranked rally drivers? I excitedly told my family and friends about my        …read more

‘The X-Files’ Returns as Pentagon Acknowledges Secret UFO Program

In light of the Pentagon’s UFO investigation program, suddenly ‘The X-Files’ doesn’t seem so far-fetched. In December, I spent a lot of time thinking about UFOs and paranormal activity as I impatiently counted down the days until Fox Mulder and Dana Scully returned to my small screen for season 11 of The X-Files. Then fascinating reports published by The New York Times and Politico confirmed the existence of the AATIP (Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program),        …read more

human decency

12 Times We Set Aside Differences and Showed Human Decency in 2017

Last year, division dominated our newsfeeds. But there was so much human decency to be found. Take a look. The year 2017 was turbulent both in America and abroad. After the most divisive election in modern history, our newsfeeds were dominated by heated (and often hostile) debates about everything from economics to social issues. As the year came to a close, it was easy to feel disheartened because it seemed we were divided beyond repair.        …read more

human trafficking

Human Trafficking: 5 Important Things You Should Know

January 11 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Here’s what you should know and how to help victims. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is the ideal opportunity to educate ourselves on an issue that receives far too little attention. Globally human trafficking is a $150 billion industry. But what many people don’t know is how widespread it is in America. In February 2017 the FBI partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children        …read more

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

5 Reasons We Love Julia Louis-Dreyfus — On Her Birthday & Every Day

From ‘Seinfeld’ to ‘Veep’ to her hilarious acceptance speeches and beyond, we can’t get enough of Julia Louis-Dreyfus. On September 17, 2017, Julia Louis-Dreyfus made Emmy history when she collected her sixth consecutive award for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as the narcissistic, neurotic VP-turned-president on HBO’s Veep. The following day Louis-Dreyfus was diagnosed with breast cancer. Nearly two weeks later she took to social media to share the news with        …read more

bucket list

Wanderlust: 8 Beautiful Spots to Add to Your Bucket List Now

You’ll want to start checking these photogenic locations off your bucket list immediately. For those of us with a serious case of wanderlust, it’s hard to keep track of all the places we want to visit. Traveling to an exotic location, especially one that’s a little off the beaten path, allows us to immerse ourselves in a culture that’s completely different from our own. If you can’t get enough of art museums during your travels,        …read more

paranormal investigators

Paranormal Investigators Reveal Their Most Effective Tools

We asked paranormal investigators about their most trusted tools. “Paranormal investigator” has got to be one of the coolest LinkedIn headlines you’ll find. But amazing job title and winning conversation starter aside, I’ve often wondered what exactly a typical day on the job entails. In particular, what sorts of tools do paranormal investigators use and how do these devices work? I spoke to two experts: Debi Chestnut, paranormal investigator and author of the new book        …read more

SVU

Law & Order: SVU Is More Relevant Than Ever

Season 19 of Law & Order: SVU premieres this September, and the series is timelier than ever. I can’t remember a time when Law & Order: Special Victims Unit wasn’t on the air, but I was still a little taken aback when I saw the headline that SVU had been renewed for season 19, which will premiere on September 27. It wasn’t the renewal that surprised me — it was the fact that a show about        …read more

left-handed people

The Strange History of Society’s View of Left-Handed People

In honor of International Left-Handers Day on August 13, here’s a look at how left-handed people have been treated throughout history. When I was five, the lead librarian repeatedly removed my crayon from my left hand and placed it in my right. I was miffed and a little confused. How’s a girl expected to color with the “wrong” hand? She nervously approached my mom at the end of the day and said, “I think there’s        …read more

iconic duos

Friendship Goals: 7 Iconic Duos in TV History

From Jerry & George to Amy & Tina, we’re celebrating some of TV’s most iconic duos in honor of National Friendship Day. The first Sunday of August is National Friendship Day — so it’s the perfect day to go all out for your platonic other half. The best part of this holiday is there’s no “right” or “wrong” way to celebrate. In addition to giving some extra love to our friends, we’re also taking this        …read more

Nora Ephron

5 Reasons We Miss Nora Ephron

Remembering the humor and wisdom of Nora Ephron, writer/director of Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks’ ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ and Amy Adams and Meryl Streep’s ‘Julie & Julia.’ “She pulled a fast one on us... I guess sometimes you have to wait for someone to leave the room to say how great they are,” Meryl Streep said at Nora Ephron’s memorial service in New York City in 2012. The beloved renaissance woman passed away at the age        …read more