Hope Solo has been doing all her life. In a revealing new memoir released this week, Solo has shown endurance not only on the field but in life.
Conceived in jail during a conjugal visit, the Washington native's father, Jeffery John Solo, was in and out of prison throughout her childhood. After serving time for embezzlement, the young Hope learned not to trust her father early on.
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"One spring, when I was a Brownie, the Girl Scout Cookie money went missing," the 31-year old athlete writes in in Solo: A Memoir of Hope.
Sometimes it was her father who went missing for periods of time. Then at age seven, a year after her parents' divorce, she was the one who disappeared.
Kidnapped by her father, Hope and her brother Marcus, were forced to hide out in a Seattle hotel, while her mom sent police on a manhunt. The three
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Hope Solo has been doing all her life. In a revealing new memoir released this week, Solo has shown endurance not only on the field but in life.A great goalkeeper can combat the most unexpected and powerful blows all on her own. It's something Olympic soccer star Read More »from Highs and Lows of Olympic Soccer Star Hope Solo
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Team Mom – Thu, Jul 26, 2012 4:37 PM EDT
affordable knock-off debuts for the rest of us. But on Thursday, she cut out the middleman and wore a discount dress right off the sale rack of Hobbs, a mid-priced British department store and label.Not long after Kate Middleton wears a designer dress, an Read More »from Kate Middleton Wears $60 Dress. Too Bad It's Already Sold Out.
The '50s-inspired, knee-length linen "Check Wessex" dress priced at around $60 (slashed by 70 percent!) was her sporting uniform at a pre-Olympics launch of a school program promoting future athletes.
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Joined by Harry and William, Kate played ping pong and kicked around a soccer ball as well as anyone could wearing wedge platform espadrilles. Those Pied a Terre Imperias shoes, by the way, have become a staple of Middleton's wardrobe. And while they're hardly in the Louboutin range, they're still worth more than twice as much as her dress.
Usually it's a McQueen dress for Middleton. Sometimes Reiss or Catherine Walker, a favorite of her husband's late mother.
But this flattering
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Thu, Jul 26, 2012 2:19 PM EDT
The average pregnancy test costs about $10. If you're trying for a child and checking regularly, you need a bigger budget and a thick skin when comes to your local drug store clerk knowing the intimacies of your life. Read More »from $3 Pregnancy Tests Now Available (but Only in Bars)
So the idea of a $3 pregnancy test available in a public bathroom dispenser sounds like a major breakthrough.
Last week the world's first pregnancy test dispenser was installed, not in a drug store, but in a Minnesota bar. Pub 500 in the town of Mankato, appropriated the device as part of campaign launched by the non-profit organization Healthy Brains for Children.
The organization next plans to add 100 more vending machines in bars throughout the state. All will be stamped with the warning "think before you drink."
The goal is to reduce the number of cases of fetal alcohol syndrome, according to founder Jody Crowe, a former school principal. He hopes these machines will help women "test before drinking alcohol rather than waiting until a month or two into the
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 25, 2012 4:43 PM EDT
After Kristen Stewart's bad decision, comes a good one. Just as Us Weekly released photos of her romantic embrace with married Snow White and Huntsman director in their new issue, Rupert Sanders, she released a public apology.Read More »from Kristen Stewart and Rupert Sanders Release Public Apologies for Affair. Stewart's is Better.
"I'm deeply sorry for the hurt and embarrassment I've caused to those close to me and everyone this has affected. This momentary indiscretion has jeopardized the most important thing in my life, the person I love and respect the most, Rob. I love him, I love him, I'm so sorry," Stewart said in a statement.
Compared to the spate of denials and mea culpas from most cheating celebrities which are largely spent lambasting probing media, Stewart's statement was fast, honest and deeply remorseful. Despite being a closed off celebrity known for her perpetual snarl, it was a statement that seemed full of emotion and shame. If anything, it revealed the side of a 22-year-old growing up, owning her very serious mistakes and trying desperately to right them.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Animal Nation – Mon, Jul 23, 2012 7:03 PM EDT
First picture a baby sloth, with a little black Gund-type nose, and paws which are used like human arms to hug things. Got it? The name's Sjakie, born 2 months ago in the Netherlands' Burgers Zoo. In his first days of life, zookeepers heard his teeny sloth squeaks (right now would be a good time to gnaw on stress ball and pretend it's Sjakie) while his mommy was feeding him, and realized he wasn't getting enough milk to sustain his little sloth life.
Providing outside nourishment for Sjakie wasn't the problem. It was his sloth instinct when feeding: "They need to hang on normally to the mother...it's like a reflex," Burgers zoo manager Wineke Schoo told PRI. He wasn't eating without gripping his mother and she wasn't able to give him enough milk to survive.
So it became clear they needed to find something furry, and fast.
"We tried out several
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Jul 23, 2012 3:31 PM EDTTony Robbins explained his fire walking ritual to a captivated audience: "People have gotten first, second and third degree burns . . . Some have had skin grafts and three people have died...None of them attended my seminar."In 1986, motivational speaker
As of Thursday, that's no longer true. During a four-day seminar in San Jose, California entitled "Unleash the Power Within," 21 participants in Robbins' famed "fire walk experience" suffered injuries, including second and third degree burns.
The walk across hot coals has been a staple of the immensely popular self-help guru's mind-over-matter transformation.
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"We have been safely providing this experience for more than three decades," reads a statement released by Robbins' office. "We continue to work with local fire and emergency personnel to ensure this event is always done in the safest way possible."
Thursday's event has brought renewed attention to a practice that can be Read More »from Burning Question: Why Do People Walk Across Hot Coals?
Meryl Streep as Kay in the trailer for Hope Springs.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Parenting – Fri, Jul 20, 2012 3:51 PM EDT
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The Colorado movie theater where a gunmen attacked movie goers during a screening of the new Batman movie. (Photo by Thomas Cooper/Getty Images)The local news footage is chilling. Hoards of people stumble out of the Colorado theater where a gunman opened fire on a packed audience for The Dark Knight Rises. One limping man's shirt is streaked with blood, and a child dressed head-to-toe in as Batman walks behind him, bewildered.
For the victims who witnessed the horrific act, some as young as 6 and even 4-months-old, the trauma is incalculable. But even for kids around the country following the news coverage the incident is devastating.
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"Batman is supposed to be their protector," child trauma expert and psychologist Dr. Francine Shapiro tells Yahoo! Shine. "With any type of tragedy spread over news, a child's own feelings of fear emerge, but parents need to take the 'hero stance' to restore their children's sense of security."
The first step is monitoring how much access kids have to the news story. "I wouldn't make a big deal about it -I would subtly limit their amount of TV or
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Jul 19, 2012 8:24 PM EDT
(Getty images)When you've got 10 minutes on the phone with Jon Hamm, the living, breathing contemporary of Humphrey Bogart, you probably shouldn't waste time asking him about Tom Cruise's divorce. But let's just say you did, because I did.Read More »from Jon Hamm on Suri Cruise and Other People's Kids: Exclusive Interview
"I'm on team Suri," Hamm says diplomatically. "I just really hope that kid gets taken care of."
He's also on team Louis CK: "I've always deferred to Louis CK on comedy matters."
Team Lena Dunham: "I watched the entire series of Girls...She's an incredible talent."
And team Everybody Relax About 50 Shades of Grey: "I have not read it but it seems like every five years there's a version of it that comes out."
Make no mistake, Jon Hamm isn't threatened by Christian Grey. He could play that character in his sleep. On Thursday he was nominated for two Emmys; one for playing MadMen's brooding, effortlessly smooth Don Draper and another for playing just the opposite on 30 Rock, as Liz Lemon's dim-witted love interest.
In Friends with Kids, out on DVD this week, he
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Thu, Jul 19, 2012 5:05 PM EDT
sexted with porn stars and constituents, lost his job and possibly his career, all while his wife was pregnant. So why did Huma Abedin stay with Anthony Weiner? That's the obvious question hurled at every woman who has ever stayed with a scandalized politician.He Read More »from Anthony Weiner's Spouse Huma Abedin: Better Kind of 'Good Wife'
But does it really matter? Love, loyalty,and a six-month-old son could all be legitimate reasons. More interesting is how Abedin has chosen to move forward in her marriage--by taking charge.
"It took a lot of work to get to where we are today, but I want people to know we're a normal family," Abedin tells People magazine in her first interview since the scandal broke.
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The magazine's latest issue, out Friday, is likely to focus more on the couple's restored family life than Weiner's history of unsavory texts and subsequent cover-ups. If it's a strategic attempt to get her husband's career back on track, it's a clever one.
"Anthony has spent every day since trying to be the best dad