When children play, they often immerse themselves in make-believe worlds of their own creation. Photographer and musician David Niles was inspired to create fantasy montages of his son Nate, now 9, while watching him with his favorite toys. "I was inspired by his imagination and what kind of imaginary worlds he was interested in," he tells Yahoo! Shine. "I wanted to put him into those worlds." When he embarked on the series two years ago, Niles says he was looking at a lot of 19th century photography and wanted to mimic the sepia tones and blurred quality of that era. The photographs were produced with a digital camera and Photoshop and he layered in scanned pages from an 1803 encyclopedia that were stained and buckled to add texture. As for Nate, he's more interested in the activity than the images. "We were in a bookstore one day and I showed him a photography magazine that included his picture," says Niles. "He said, 'Eh, I guess I'm famous' and wandered away." -Sarah B. Weir,Read More »from Dinosaurs, Spaceships, Tornadoes, Oh My! Photographer Creates Fantasy Worlds for Son
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- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Fri, Aug 9, 2013 2:02 PM EDT
Officer Melissa DeFrancesco with baby Oscar
There was an unexpected arrival at Pennsylvania Station in New York City on Wednesday: a baby boy weighing 6 pounds, 12 ounces.
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Ana Aguirre, 32, told the Daily News that she felt fine when she commuted from Centereach on Long Island into Manhattan early Wednesday to go to an appointment. But on her way home, she went into labor. "When I was returning, the pain got much worse," she said. "I had already bought the train ticket and was waiting for the train."
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Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) police officer Melissa DeFrancesco told Yahoo! Shine that at around 9:45 a.m., she and three other officers—Joe Cona, Vinay Hathiramani, and Burt Silva—got a call about a woman in distress. Earlier that morning, an officer had called EMS to aid another passenger, so two paramedics were already in the train station. The officers located Aguirre in the districtRead More »from Baby Born at Penn Station: Express Delivery
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Parenting – Wed, Aug 7, 2013 3:49 PM EDT
Artist Carra Sykes, 25, says she's alway been close to her mother, but her photo series Mother + Daughter has deepened their relationship. "Read More »from Mother + Daughter: Photographer's Project Highlights Special Bond
Have you ever had one of those retail experiences that make you silently scream, "Never again! I don't need anything. Ever!"
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Mine came last August while back-to-school shopping with my daughter in tow. The sound of screeching babies echoed down the aisles. Parents jostled each other for spiral notebooks and ballpoint pens. Ring binders? Forget about it. A hulking man holding a lit cigarette in one hand and pushing his loaded cart with the other had just snapped up the last few—and nobody was going to ask him to share. And the checkout lines? Picture advance ticket sales for a Justin Bieber concert.
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Is there a way to avoid the madness? Short answer: Yes. Analyzing information from its more than 33 million users gathered from Aug. 1 through Sept. 30, 2012, the location-based social networking site FoursquareRead More »from Worst Days for Back-to-School Shopping
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Work + Money – Tue, Aug 6, 2013 3:20 PM EDT
While many guests swipe a little something from their hotel rooms, British comedian and artist David Bussell does the just the opposite. Since 2006, he's been leaving cheeky messages behind in rooms where he's stayed. Some are ominous, others absurd. Mostly they're simply very funny. "When I was a kid I remember my parents redecorated their house and let me draw cartoons on the plaster before they put up fresh paper," he told Yahoo! Shine. "I was fascinated by the idea of the next tenant stripping it off one day and seeing the pictures I'd left them. I also left a fake suicide note under some floorboards as a teenager, but I'm less proud of that." He usually hides the messages behind mirrors and pictures, to be found by the extremely curious. If he leaves notes out in the open, it's always somewhere that can be easily wiped clean or disposed of. "I'm not into the idea of room service having to clean my mess up after me." He says he's left messages in "England, Scotland, Guatemala,Read More »from ‘Hotel Graffiti’ Blogger Leaves Secret, Funny Messages Behind for Other Guests
September issues of women's magazines are usually big and gutsy, and next month's O Magazine is no disappointment: The cover features Oprah in the biggest, baddest afro since Miss Diana Ross rocked the look back in 1968.
"Wow," was all I could say, jaw slightly slack, when the image popped up in my in box Monday morning. Other Shine staffers wondered if the cover was real or a retouched prank. A quick check on Twitter, where the media mogul tweeted, "Love this cover so much, I'm making it my new avatar," confirmed its realness (in more than one sense of the word), and we all agreed it was perhaps her most fabulous hair look ever -- and she's had many.
"For almost 30 years, I've had the luxury of a hairdresser, Andre Walker, who loves all kinds of hair textures and adores everything," Oprah wrote in her monthly "What I Know for Sure" column. "Hence this month's cover; we call the wig I'm wearing Wild Thang!"
The hairpiece weighed 3.5 pounds and O Magazine compared it to the "size of aRead More »from Oprah's 'Wild Thang' Hair
A new study published by the journal Pediatrics warns that sugary beverages are linked to obesity in 4- and 5-year-old children, not just older kids and teens. "I see a lot of families dealing with obesity in my clinic," co-author Rebecca Scharf, MD, told Yahoo! Shine. "Parents associate food with calories and are sometimes surprised that children are getting a lot of calories from beverages."
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As every parent knows, children love eating sweets. In fact, kids are biologically programmed to crave the taste of sugar. Sweet flavors tell the brain to "eat more" (which is one reason why nutritious mother's milk is sweet). Eating more is one thing for a hunter-gatherer scouring the wilderness for sustenance, but for the average sedentary adult or child, it can be a health disaster. Obesity is linked to heart disease, diabetes, stroke, some forms of cancer, and other chronic health problems.
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When is a burger not a burger? Kitchen mad scientists are pushing the limits of this American favorite and coming up with bizarre variations on the classic beef patty on a bun. This weekend, foodie fans of culinary innovation (weirdness?) will line up to try to one of only 100 Ramen Burgers available at Smorgasburg, a food-based flea market in hipster heaven, the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn. Brought to the States by chef Keizo Shimamoto who previously worked in Tokyo, the dish consists of soy-basted ground beef between two fried ramen cakes. What does it taste like? "Imagine chomping into a burger and slurping a bowl of ramen at the same time. I call it 'chlurping,' Shimamoto tells Yahoo! Shine.
So, what does make a burger legit? The meat? The bun? The fixin's? Here are some oddball burger variations currently on offer. You be the judge. [Additional reporting, Lauren Tuck] --Sarah B. Weir, Senior WriterRead More »from Bizarre Burgers that Are Super Trendy
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Pets – Thu, Aug 1, 2013 2:15 PM EDT
When your cat twitches its tail and fixes you with a cold, glassy stare, it means:
A. I want a tickle.
B. Let me out.
C. Could you please die now, so that I can eat your remains.
Kitties are notoriously inscrutable beasts, but now a video posted by Cat Protection, the leading nonprofit organization in the United Kingdom devoted to feline welfare, can help you decode some of your cat's mysterious behaviors.
According to Cat Protection's research, humans display a "worrying lack of knowledge" about the body language of cats, and particularly, their distress signals. Forty-nine percent of cat owners don't know that licking the lips indicates that a cat is stressed, and 38 percent don't understand that flattened ears are a sign that a cat is frightened and needs a place to hide.
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Lance Cpl. Myles Kerr may have lost the Jeff Drenth Memorial 5K footrace in Charlevoix, Michigan, last weekend, but he won the hearts of hundreds of thousands of admirers.
On Saturday, the 19-year-old Marine noticed 9-year-old Boden Fuchs struggling to complete the race. The boy had become separated from his group. According to the Facebook page, Seal of Honor, which posted a photograph of the pair running together, Boden asked Kerr, "Sir, will you please run with me?" Kerr, wearing boots and fatigues, and carrying a full backpack, stuck with the boy, encouraged him to complete the race, and helped him reunite with his party at the end of the course—even though Kerr was dead last in his age group, clocking in at 35:43 minutes (five seconds behind Boden). He came in so much later than his Marine buddies, in fact, that they were concerned he had been injured.
The photo has received more than 200,000 likes and been shared nearly 10,000Read More »from Marine Helps Boy Finish Race, Melts Our Hearts