Ann Romney wipes lipstick off her husband's face after kissing him at a campaign rally in Zanesville, Ohio, Monday, March 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Ann Romney wasn't doing husband Mitt Romney any favors when she told Fox News: "I don't even consider myself wealthy."
"It can be here today and gone tomorrow," she said, in a soundbite that's sure to play into the perception that the millionaire Republican presidential hopeful is out of touch with the average American.
But if you listen to the entire clip, she goes on to make some good points about what really matters in life. "How I measure riches is by the friends I have and the loved ones I have and the people I care about in my life," she explains. "That is where my values are and those are my riches."
Having struggled with both multiple sclerosis and breast cancer has changed her point of view and made her more compassionate, she says. "It has softened my heart and made me realize there are many people suffering in this country, and they are suffering from things that aren't financial -- and some people are suffering from things that are financial, as well -- but those that
Blog Posts by Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Mar 6, 2012 5:07 PM EST
Ann Romney wipes lipstick off her husband's face after kissing him at a campaign rally in Zanesville, Ohio, Monday, March 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)Ann Romney wasn't doing husband Mitt Romney any favors when she told Fox News: "I don't even consider myself wealthy."Read More »from Ann Romney Doesn't Consider Herself Wealthy. What Makes You Feel Rich?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Animal Nation – Tue, Mar 6, 2012 1:01 PM EST
Author Clea Simon with her cat, Musetta.Most pet-lovers know that dogs and cats communicate regularly with their human companions. But what if they could help you solve a mystery? In her latest pet noir, "Cats Can't Shoot," author Clea Simon explores the connections between pets and their owners, weaving a complex murder mystery that appeals even if you're not a die-hard animal lover.Read More »from Author Clea Simon on Murder Mysteries, Cats, and How She Started Writing "Pet Noir"
"In truth, I have always been a storyteller," Simon told Yahoo! Shine:. "From the earliest I can remember, I loved making up stories to amuse people. But in junior high, I was also bitten by the news bug and it quickly became apparent that there was a more clear career path in journalism."
A Long Island native who has lived in and around Cambridge, Massachusetts, since the mid-1980s, Simon spent years as a magazine editor, newspaper editor, and music critic before stepping away from full-time journalism in 1999. By then, she already had one non-fiction book to her credit ("Mad House: Growing up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings") and her
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Mar 5, 2012 3:02 PM EST
Republican leaders in Laurens County, S.C., want candidates to sign 28-point pledge before they can run for office.If you're a Republican who wants to run for office in Laurens County, South Carolina, it's not enough to want to uphold the party's platform. Thanks to a resolution adopted last week, potential GOP candidates will have to submit to an interview and sign a pledge promising, among other things, that they did not have premarital sex and will not watch porn before party officials will decide whether they can be on the ballot.Read More »from South Carolina County Wants Republican Candidates to Sign Purity Pledge
The political purity pledge also requires candidates to disclose whether they've cheated on their spouse. Having done so is a deal-breaker.
"It is essential to try to protect the party's reputation," party chairman Bobby Smith told the Clinton Chronicle. "The party has been pushing for closed primaries. People feel the platform has not been adhered to. We want candidates to believe in and uphold the party's platform."
The Lauren County Republican Party -- whose Facebook slogan is "Not more power to the government. Not more power to the people. More liberty to the
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Fri, Mar 2, 2012 8:12 PM EST
A state senator in Wisconsin says being single causes child abuse and neglect.In Wisconsin, a state senator has introduced a bill aimed at penalizing single mothers by calling their unmarried status a contributing factor in child abuse and neglect.Read More »from Wisconsin Bill Claims Single Moms Cause Child Abuse by Not Being Married
Senate Bill 507, introduced by Republican Senator Glenn Grothman, moves to amend existing state law by "requiring the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board to emphasize nonmarital parenthood as a contributing factor to child abuse and neglect."
The bill would require educational and public awareness campaigns held by the board to emphasize that not being married is abusive and neglectful of children, and to underscore "the role of fathers in the primary prevention of child abuse and neglect."
Saying that people "make fun of old-fashioned families," Grothman -- who has never been married and has no children -- criticized social workers for not agreeing that children should only be raised by two married biological parents, and told a state Senate committee that he hopes the Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention board,
Theodor Seuss Geisel, better-known as Dr. Seuss, shakes hands with Cat in the Hat at the New Orleans Museum of Fine Arts in Louisiana on Feb. 13, 1988. (AP Photo/Burt Steel)Dr. Seuss would have been 108 today, and while people the world over are familiar with his classic children's stories, the author himself has remained a bit of a mystery. Who was the man who made up fantastical creatures like a trouble-making, hat-wearing cat, a fluffy nature lover, and a kind-hearted elephant who crawls up a tree to egg-sit for a flaky, ungrateful bird?Read More »from Who was Dr. Seuss?
Theodor Seuss Geisel Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, on March 2, 1904. He took his middle name (which was also his mother's maiden name) as his pen name -- it's actually pronounced ZOI-ce, not SOO-ce -- and was known to tell people that he was saving his real last name for the Great American Novel he planned to write someday. Instead, he wrote and illustrated more than 60 books as Dr. Seuss, as well as a dozen or so more as "Theo LeSeig" and one as "Rosetta Stone." There have been countless movie and television adaptations of his work.
According to his biography, "Dr. Seuss & Mr. Geisel" by Judith and Neal Morgan
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | At Home – Fri, Mar 2, 2012 2:28 PM EST
Will the new movie about The Lorax be as good as the original book?Fans have been forever divided over screen adaptations of classic Dr. Seuss books. When one of your most-beloved stories gets made into a movie, the film is either an instant family favorite or a terrible travesty, and stories from our childhoods are no exception.
Take, for instance, "The Cat in the Hat," whose misadventures have been made into a television series as well as more than one movie and even a stage play. The cartoon classic is little more than the book itself read aloud and set to music, which is what makes it so awesome:
The TV show on PBS Kids -- "The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That!" -- takes things a step further, spinning new adventures for the crazy cat and his kid friends to follow:
But the 2003 live-action remake starring Mike Myers was roundly panned by critics and parents, many of whom probably grew up loving the classic. Why? Well, for starters, it's kind of creepy.
"How the Grinch Stole Christmas" is another favorite that some feel was ruined by its Read More »from Dr. Seuss Movies: Which Are Better, the Old Versions or the New Ones? (VIDEO)
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Healthy Living – Thu, Mar 1, 2012 4:20 PM EST
Rush Limbaugh may have found the heart of the contraception controversy. (AP Photo/Photo courtesy of Rush Limbaugh)Rush Limbaugh may have inadvertently gotten to the heart of the controversy over contraceptive coverage: It's not about religious freedom. It's that women who want prescription birth control without a co-payment are "sluts" and "prostitutes" who are "having so much sex that they're going broke," he says.Read More »from Rush Limbaugh Explains that Women Want Contraception Coverage Because They're "sluts" (UPDATED)
During his radio show on Wednesday, Rush took to task third-year Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke, who was prevented from testifying before a congressional committee about contraception coverage because Republican Representative Darrell Issa of California decided that she was not qualified to speak on the all-male panel. She later testified at an unofficial hearing of the Democratic Steering and Policy Committee, convened by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
"A Georgetown co-ed told Rep. Nancy Pelosi's hearing that the women in her law school program are having so much sex that they're going broke, so you and I should pay for their birth control," Limbaugh told his radio
The choice you make may depend on whether you're right- or left-handedWe like to think that we make decisions based on our ideas of right and wrong -- and we do, to an extent. But according to recent research, our choices may also be influenced by something as simple as whether we're right or left handed.Read More »from Lefties vs. Righties: How we decide differently
That's because right-handed people are more drawn to things on the right side of a screen or page, while left-handed people look to the left. Cognitive scientist Daniel Casasanto of The New School for Social Research says it's part of the "body-specificity hypothesis" -- the idea that our physical bodies affect the decisions we make and the way we communicate with one another. One of the easiest ways to measure this hypothesis is by looking at whether a person is a righty or a lefty.
[Related: 7 ways to tell what someone is thinking just by looking at their eyes]
"Handedness is a good tool (to use) because it's easily measurable, and our hands our important in how we interact with the physical world," Casasanto explained to MSNBC.
In his study, which
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Wed, Feb 29, 2012 3:59 PM EST
Virginia state Senate Republican leader Thomas Norment, left, puts his head in his hand as he listens to debate on a bill requiring an ultrasound before an abortion in Richmond, Virginia, on Tuesday. The measure passed, 21 to 19. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)With a new version of the controversial ultrasound bill approved by the Virginia Senate and the recently tabled "personhood" bill still in the spotlight, a bipartisan group of activists and politicians this week launched a new state Political Action Committee, the Women's Strike Force, to raise money to support elected officials who are willing to fight for women's reproductive rights.Read More »from New PAC, the Women's Strike Force, Launches in Response to Anti-abortion Bills in Virginia
Outraged by what they say is a legislative assault on women, members of the PAC's leadership team have sounded a call to action. "It is time to push back against this intrusive legislation into our personal lives," former Virginia Delegate Katherine Wadell, an Independent, said when the PAC launched on Monday. "[I] was very active in the Republican Party, and it's upsetting to watch what's happened to the party because we always believed in limited government and individual freedom and the right to privacy. I've watched them move completely away from that to total government intrusion into women's
We're in the thick of tax season, and we're all trying to keep a few extra pennies in our pockets. "Everyone wants to minimize the taxes they pay, but no one wants to end up being prosecuted by the IRS," says Ted Flynn, CEO of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants. If you itemize your deductions, you may be eying that pile of receipts and wondering how much you can deduct without getting in trouble. Well, the good news is that certain medical, job, childcare, and transportation expenses absolutely are deductible -- within reason. "Use your common sense when you're attempting to deduct certain expenses," Flynn advises.
Here are a few deductions that the Tax Court determined wouldn't fly -- and a few that they, surprisingly, allowed.
A private plane
It's rare that you commute anywhere so often that buying your own private plane makes more financial sense than driving your car, but Kiplinger.com reports that a couple who did just that was actually allowed to deduct Read More »from 12 Ridiculous Tax Write Offs