Former California Goveror Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, in Los Angeles on February 18, 2011. The couple just announced that they are separating after 25 years of marriage. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/FilmMagic/Getty Images) When Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that they were separating after 25 years of marriage, some wondered if politics had anything to do with it-not just because the two are firmly planted on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but because of the complications that come with being the wife of a famous politician.
Michelle Obama put her legal career on hold to support her husband in his efforts, and has been candid about the compromises she made in her personal and family life in order to be first lady. Hillary Rodham Clinton put her own political aspirations on hold-some might say unsuccessfully-while her husband rose through the political ranks. The stresses of political life led Betty Ford and Kitty Dukakis down the road to addiction. Would it be a surprise if politics were the home wrecker here?
Shriver is no stranger to life in the political limelight: Her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded the Special Olympics and was the sister of former U.S.
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- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Tue, May 10, 2011 7:40 PM EDT
Former California Goveror Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, in Los Angeles on February 18, 2011. The couple just announced that they are separating after 25 years of marriage. (Photo by Chelsea Lauren/FilmMagic/Getty Images) When Maria Shriver and Arnold Schwarzenegger announced today that they were separating after 25 years of marriage, some wondered if politics had anything to do with it-not just because the two are firmly planted on opposite sides of the political spectrum, but because of the complications that come with being the wife of a famous politician.Read More »from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver split: Were politics to blame?
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, May 10, 2011 3:55 AM EDT
New research shows that the childhood autism rate may be much higher than previously thought-1 in 38, up from 1 in 110-but it doesn't necessarily mean that autism is on the rise.Read More »from Childhood autism rate may be as high as 1 in 38, study finds
The latest study, published Monday in The American Journal of Psychiatry, followed children in a middle-class South Korean city for six years and found that 2.6 percent of children age 7 to 12 in the city of Goyang had some form of Autism Spectrum Disorder.
"That is two-and-a-half times what the estimated prevalence is in the United States," one of the study's authors, Roy Richard Grinker, a professor of anthropology at George Washington University, told NPR. "Two-thirds of the children with autism that we ended up identifying were in mainstream schools, unrecognized, untreated."
According to the National Institutes of Health, "Autism is a complex developmental disability that causes problems with social interaction and communication. Symptoms usually start before age three and can cause delays or problems
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, May 6, 2011 9:53 PM EDT
Most of us know how to read between the lines when we're looking through real estate listings-"cozy" is usually code for small, "antique" often means that the home needs work. But when it comes to job hunting, there are codes to crack in those listings as well.
There's a difference between "familiar" vs. "proficient" and "required" vs. "desired," points out Maria Stein, director of career services at Northeastern University. You need to figure out what the employer really wants before you can decide whether you should apply for the job-and that can be tough when you don't know the jargon. Here's a guide to decoding job listings.
- If you have command of a skill, software, or task, it means that you are very experienced with it-so much so that you could teach it to someone else.
- When an ability, education level, or skill is desired, the company is looking for something in particular, but may be willing to consider a candidate who does not have it, especially if the candidate is
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, May 5, 2011 7:27 PM EDT
Royal bridesmaid Eliza Lopes, 3, holds a bright pink wiggle worm in the official royal family photograph taken after Prince William married Kate Middleton last week. (Photo: Hugo Burnand/Clarence House-WPA Pool/Getty Images)While Prince William's goddaughter Grace van Cutsem stole the show with her famous frown on the balcony of Buckingham Palace last week, another tiny royal bridesmaid, 3-year-old Eliza Lopes, had a little help getting ready for her closeup.Read More »from An extra guest in the royal wedding photos: A neon-pink toy "wiggly worm"
In the official family photograph from Prince William and Kate Middleton's lavish royal wedding, the little girl can be seen clutching a fuzzy, neon-pink "wiggly worm."
It stands out in stark contrast to her white silk dress but, according to her grandmother, Duchess of Cornwall (a.k.a. Camilla Parker Bowles), people have only just noticed it-and it's too late to do the photos over.
"Did you see the wiggly worm? That was the funniest thing," she told the Daily Mail. "I can't believe no one has spotted it."
The toy was a gift from her step-uncle, Prince Harry, who gave it to her when she was startled by the roar of the crowd during the carriage ride after the wedding. The scared toddler saw it and started to laugh-and then refused to give it back.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Love + Sex – Thu, May 5, 2011 12:52 AM EDT
Actress Sandra Bullock and her husband Jesse James arrive at the 2010 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted after the Oscars on March 7, 2010. Bullock won an award for best actress that night; James confessed he was cheating on her soon after. (Photo: Jordan Strauss/WireImage)Last year, when Jesse James of the motorcycle dream shop (and former reality-TV show) West Coast Choppers, confessed that he'd had an affair, celebrity watchers wanted to know: "How could anyone cheat on a superstar like Sandra Bullock?"Read More »from Jesse James: How I told Sandra Bullock I cheated on her
And then: "How did he tell her about it?"
Now, he's sharing the humiliating moment in his new memoir, "American Outlaw."
"I admitted the affair," he writes. "I told her the hard details. I let her know that I had never loved this woman, that I had never cared for her at all."
James, 42, says Bullock's publicist called to warn him that "tattoo model" Michelle "Bombshell" McGee had talked to the tabloids about their relationship. He decided to come clean to his wife of almost six years, actress and all-American favorite Sandra Bullock, 46.
"The feeling of shame and sadness that washed over me as Sandy began to cry was almost beyond measure," he writes in his book. "I didn't touch her. I sat frozen in my chair, watching, as Sandy's small body shook
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, May 3, 2011 7:11 PM EDT
Gary Weddle has finally shaved the beard he started growing on 9/11. Photo: Screengrab from KXLY-TV.Like so many of us, when the World Trade Center fell on September 11, 2001, Gary Weddle, a teacher at Ephrata Middle School in Washington state, was crushed.Read More »from Teacher who vowed to grow beard to remember 9/11 finally shaves it off
"Watching those towers come down, it was quite obvious that we were losing a lot of civilians," he told his local TV station, KXLY-TV. He decided that he would not shave again until Osama bin Laden was brought to justice. But he never thought he'd wear that beard for so long.
"I figured six months," he said. At the start of each school year, he would explain to his students that the long, scraggly beard was a reminder of the attacks and would tell them about his vow.
Ten years later, the grey-streaked beard-which grew down to the middle of his chest-is finally gone. He shaved it off Sunday night as friends and family members watched, and while President Obama confirmed that bin Laden had been killed.
"I spent my first five minutes crying and then I couldn't get it off fast enough," Weddle, 50, told the Capital Press.
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Parenting – Tue, May 3, 2011 6:38 PM EDT
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If you can't stop gazing into your new sweetheart's eyes, or if a smouldering look leaves you weak in the knees, there's a scientific reason for it-and it might not be what you'd expect.Read More »from The scientific secret to gorgeous eyes
A recent study by researchers at the University of California at Irvine, published in the journal "Evolutionary Psychology," found that the darker your limbal ring-the border between the colored part of your eye (the iris) and the white part (the sclera)-the more attractive you are to others.
The researchers showed volunteers 80 pairs of male and female faces, each of which were the same except for the eyes; one face had very dark limbal rings, and the other had none. The participants had to choose which faces were more attractive and by how much. The results? "For male and female observers, both male and female faces with a dark and distinct limbal ring are rated as more attractive than otherwise identical faces with no limbal ring," the researchers wrote. The results were the same regardless of
Who is that little girl frowning during the big kiss? Read on. (AP Photo)Why didn't Prince William watch his bride walk down the aisle? Who was that little girl covering her ears and frowning while the newlyweds kissed on the balcony? Where can I get those gorgeous earrings Kate wore to her wedding? The last remaining mysteries of the royal wedding are solved, right here at Shine.Read More »from Royal wedding mysteries, solved
Who was that adorable little girl frowning and covering her ears on the balcony during the big kiss? That's Prince William's goddaughter, 3-year-old Grace van Cutsem, who was one of the official bridesmaids (there are no "flower girl" roles in traditional British weddings, so children are often included as bridesmaids or pages). She is the daughter of Lady Rose Astor and Hugh van Cutsem, and great-great-great-granddaughter of William Waldorf Astor, a New York-born lawyer and politician who later became a member of the British Aristocracy. (The Waldorf Hotel was one of his pet projects.) Little Grace was also pouting for part of the carriage ride; apparently, the crowd of adoring
While we're focusing on our flower beds and on spring cleaning our homes, our cars are just sitting out there, crusty with dirt (and, for some of us, kid-related detritus). Chicago Healers practitioner Andie Pearson suggests that instead of just spring cleaning your car, you can feng shui it to reduce your stress levels while you're on the road. Here are some of her tips:
- Clean and clear: Before leaving on a long drive, completely clean out the vehicle. Dispose of all trash, magazines, receipts, etc. Vacuum the carpets and clean the windows to allow a clear view of your life's path. Take out the supplies you don't need (so long, winter!) and stock up on the things you do.
- Go with the flow: If you're prone to road rage, hang a round, faceted crystal from a blue ribbon on your rear-view mirror. This will add water energy to your car, making it easier to cope with frustrations like traffic, poorly marked roads and reckless drivers. (If you aren't able to find a crystal, use