The Persian New Year, Nowruz, is a celebration of spring, renewal, and rebirth.The Vernal Equinox falls on March 20th this year -- its earliest arrival in more than a century -- and with it people the world over will celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year that also heralds the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.
Pronounced "no-rooz," the holiday has its roots in Zoroastrianism, a pre-Islamic monotheistic religion which focuses on the triumph of good over evil and the connection between human beings and nature. It's been celebrated for thousands of years as a time of renewal and rebirth in many countries, including India, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkey, and parts of Canada, China, the Balkans, and the United States.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Mon, Mar 19, 2012 6:23 PM EDT
The Persian New Year, Nowruz, is a celebration of spring, renewal, and rebirth.The Vernal Equinox falls on March 20th this year -- its earliest arrival in more than a century -- and with it people the world over will celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year that also heralds the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere.Read More »from Happy Nowruz! the Persian New Year Celebrates Spring, Renewal, and Rebirth
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Mar 19, 2012 2:22 PM EDT
Jane Maas, author of Jane Maas is often called a real-life Peggy Olsen. Like Olsen's character on AMC's "Mad Men," who worked her way through the ranks to become an advertising executive, Maas left the secretarial pool and joined Ogilvy & Mather as a copywriter in 1964, later becoming a creative director at the advertising agency. Her new book, "Mad Women: The Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond" offers an insider's look at what really went on during the "Mad Men" era.Read More »from "Mad Men" in Real Life: Jane Maas on What Madison Avenue was like for a Woman in the 1960s
PHOTOS: "Mad Men" era advertisements
"My priorities are job first, husband second, children third," she writes in her book. "It's the only way for a woman to survive in the advertising business. And in the marriage business."
"Mad Men" (the fifth season starts on March 25) is pretty accurate, she told CBS News. "Except whatever they're doing on the show, we did more."
"There was more sex, there was more drinking, and women were treated even worse," she said.
She gives plenty of examples in her book.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Mar 16, 2012 8:10 PM EDT
A new study says moving home as an adult is more acceptable than it used to be.Just a few years ago, having to move back in with your parents in your 20s or 30s was considered by many to be a sure sign of failure. But now, it's become much more acceptable: A new study shows that 29 percent of young adults age 25 to 34 have returned to their parents' empty nest at some point -- and the vast majority of them say that they're happy about their living arrangements.Read More »from Study: More Young Adults Are OK About Having to Move Back in with Their Parents
Those who do end up back home to save money aren't expecting a free ride, either. According to the Pew Research report, nearly half (48 percent) of those surveyed say they pay rent and 89 percent say they help out with household expenses.
But while about a quarter of the 2,048 people surveyed said that their relationship with their parents has taken a turn for the worse, nearly the same amount (24 percent ) say it's actually been good, and 48 percent say the close quarters haven't made a difference.
The survey's findings are about the same regardless of age, gender, or race. "Among those ages 18 to 34,
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Fri, Mar 16, 2012 7:27 PM EDT
A Wisconsin lawmaker says women should stay in abusive marriages.In Wisconsin -- yes, the same state where lawmakers have introduced a bill penalizing single mothers for being unmarried -- a Republican state representative has come out against divorce for any reason -- even domestic abuse.Read More »from Wisconsin Lawmaker Says Women Should Stay in Abusive Marriages
Instead of leaving an abusive situation, women should try to remember the things they love about their husbands, Representative Don Pridemore said. "If they can re-find those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help," he told a local news station.
Pridemore -- who, coincidentally, is a co-sponsor of Republican state Senator Glenn Grothman's "being single causes child abuse" bill as well as a controversial voter ID bill that was ruled unconstitutional earlier this week -- also said that while he thinks women are capable of caring for a family "in certain situations," fathers are the only ones who provide structure and discipline. If they don't grow up with married biological parents, Pridemore says, "kids tend to go astray."
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, Mar 16, 2012 5:19 PM EDT
Padma Lakshmi attends the Endometriosis Foundation of America's 4th annual Blossom Ball at The New York Public Library on March 15, 2012 in New York City. (Photo: Larry Busacca/Getty Images) "Top Chef" host and former model Padma Lakshmi says that she "didn't lose anything" by settling out of court with venture capitalist Adam Dell, who was suing her for full custody of their toddler daughter, Krishna.Read More »from Padma Lakshmi on Her Recent Custody Battle: "I Didn't Lose Anything"
"[Krishna] just turned 2 years old and she's a beautiful, healthy, happy baby, and I didn't lose anything." she told "Extra." " There was nothing to lose -- she's a delight and joy."
Lakshmi, 41, and Dell, 42, settled out of court, The New York Post reported. In addition to hashing out an agreement about custody and visitation rights, the settlement includes formally changing Krishna's last name from Lakshmi to Lakshmi-Dell.
"Padma basically said it was fine to add his name, but she retains all decision-making power, which is really what matters most to her," a source close to Lakshmi told People magazine. "She makes all the decisions on education, health, everything."
"It's been very difficult for her," the source added. "She's happy that its over, that it was settled
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Fri, Mar 16, 2012 1:37 PM EDT
The cast of the original The reboot of "21 Jump Street" hits theaters this weekend, and the comedy about a couple of bumbling, underachieving cops is getting rave reviews. But fans of the old TV show, which aired on Fox from 1987 to 1991, might remember the Jump Street crew a bit differently. There was nothing bumbling about the original undercover team, who focused on drama in a What-If-John-Hughes-Did-"CSI" kind of way.Read More »from "21 Jump Street": Which is Better, the New Movie or the Old TV Show? (WATCH)
PHOTOS: Johnny Depp's far-out fashion
Steven Williams, now a cast member of the TV series "Supernatural," played the no-nonsense captain on the Fox series. Peter DeLuise, the son of actor Dom DeLuise, was the undercover jock; now he works as a TV director. Holly Robinson became Holly Robinson Peete, the actress and autism advocate, but back then we were amazed by her carefully sculpted hair. Baby-faced martial arts expert Dustin Nguyen now has a couple of movies in post-production. And brooding and intense Johnny Depp is still, well, brooding and intense and insanely famous. All five are
Arizona, Kansas Debate Bills that Would Allow Doctors to Withhold Critical Information from Pregnant PatientsBy Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Mar 15, 2012 10:12 PM EDT
IBills in Arizona and Kansas would allow doctors to withhold information from pregnant patients.n Arizona, Republican senators have passed a bill that would allow doctors to withhold important medical information from their pregnant patients. The legislation is aimed at reducing so-called "wrongful birth" lawsuits by making it legal for doctors not to tell a pregnant patient that she, or her baby, is facing a potentially life-threatening issue.Read More »from Arizona, Kansas Debate Bills that Would Allow Doctors to Withhold Critical Information from Pregnant Patients
Another "wrongful birth" bill under consideration in Kansas, though, takes the things even farther: In order to prevent women from choosing to end a pregnancy if the fetus has life-threatening medical issues, the Kansas bill allows doctors to lie outright if they discover during routine screenings that a pregnant patient has a medical condition that could affect her or her unborn child, The Daily Beast reports.
Whatever happened to "First, do no harm"?
The Arizona bill (SB 1359), which would protect doctors if they accidentally neglect to warn patients about potential birth defects, is sponsored by Republican state Senator Nancy
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Mar 15, 2012 2:49 PM EDT
cervical cancer screening guidelines released this week recommend that most women get a pap smear every three years instead of every year, and that women younger than 21 not get tested at all, even if they're sexually active or at risk for Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection.New Read More »from No More Annual Pap Smears? What You Need to Know About the New Cervical Cancer Screening Guidelines
The reasoning is that treating young women for HPV infections can cause problems that lead to infertility later on. In spite of the push to vaccinate young girls and boys against HPV, experts agree that most HPV infections clear up on their own, and the ones that don't can take as long as a decade to develop into cervical cancer, which leaves plenty of time for screening and treatment later in life.
"Screening tests can unintentionally cause significant harm," the United States Preventive Services Task Force wrote in their guidelines, which were published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine. "False-positive test results can lead to overdiagnosis; misdiagnosis; and the potential for unnecessary
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Mar 14, 2012 10:50 PM EDT
Nobel Peace Prize winner Leyman Gbowee talks with publisher Tina Brown at the third annual Women in the World summit. (Photo: Marc Bryan-Brown/The Daily Beast)At the Daily Beast's third annual Women in the World summit last weekend, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leyman Gbowee addressed the controversy about women's health, contraception, and abortion in the United States, asking, "Where are the angry American women?"Read More »from Nobel Peace Prize Winner Leyman Gbowee Asks: "Where Are the Angry American Women?"
"It's time for women to stop being politely angry," she told the crowd. "Why are these women not angry and beating men left and right?"
"I've been watching the men talk about your reproductive issue, and wondering why are these women not angry and beating men left and right?" she told host Tina Brown. "It's time for women to stop being politely angry."
"If someone talk about your reproductive rights… something they have no idea about, you should be able to deal with them," she added. "You only qualify if you've gone through the process-you understand what the process is."
Even the Swedish Chef loves pie! And maybe pi, too.March 14 is Pi Day, a day to celebrate math, puns, and pastry as smarties around the world lift their forks in appreciation of one of the most perfect desserts. So what if the American Pie Council designated January 23rd as National Pie Day and cherry pie gets it's own celebration on February 20th? When it comes to luscious fruit-filled goodness, we'll take a second or even a third helping.
The Greek letter "Pi" is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. The number -- which is 3.14 followed by a long string of digits -- is what's known as "an irrational and transcendental number," which means that it "will continue indefinitely without repeating," according to the experts at PiDay.org. In celebration of the irrational and transcendental, here are a few of Shine's favorite pie recipes.
- Grandma Brunet's Blue Ribbon Apple Pie
- No-bake Raspberry Glace Cheesecake Pie
- The Best Sweet Potato Pie
- Wasy Blackberry Pie