With age comes wisdom-and miniskirts, pom poms, and some rad stunts. The Sun City Poms are a cheerleading squad comprised of ladies of a certain age-if you are under 55 don't even bother trying out. They were established in 1979 at the massive Sun City retirement community in Arizona and now perform 50 shows a year including at the Fiesta Bowl. British photographer Todd Antony crossed paths with them while working on a landscape project of the American West and was smitten. "They were effervescent and fun," Antony tells Yahoo Shine, "while also being very professional about getting their poses correct." The Poms do pyramids, high kicks, pinwheels (where three teammates flip another), and other risky stunts. Shooting one training session, Antony said he was nervous when one woman got stuck ¾ way into her split, "it seemed no one in the group was particularly concerned by this and looked on for some time as she got into to position where she could actually stand up again." Antony willRead More »from Sun City Poms: Retirement Mecca's Golden Girl Cheeleaders
Blog Posts by Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Tue, Sep 24, 2013 1:50 PM EDT
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Love + Sex – Mon, Sep 23, 2013 2:10 PM EDT
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Love + Sex – Fri, Sep 20, 2013 3:34 PM EDT
Remember how "Sex and the City" went from being a bubbly girl-on-the-town all jazzed up by her big dreams and bigger libido to a moth-eaten drag queen slumped over the piano in a hooker bar in Reno? As the seasons progressed and the four leading ladies had less weird sex, less legitimate angst, and more outrageously priced clothing, the show lost its edge — and its devoted audience (hey, Lena Dunham, are you listening?). By the time series ended in 2004 after six seasons, and the movies were wheeled out years later, the plot, the characters, and the fun were as watered down as a blue margarita at an airport Chili’s. There are rumors of another "Golden Girls" — oops — "Sex and the City" reunion, but for now, we’ll just enjoy laughing with a new Twitter account @SATC3quel instead of at a new movie itself.Read More »from 'Sex and the City Three' Twitter Makes Us Laugh (Unlike the Movies)
When is spanking considered physical abuse? A Virginia judge has ruled that Felisha Kimble-Tanks, an Annandale dentist, crossed the line when she left bruises on her 6-year-old daughter's thigh after disciplining her with a belt. The mom is now banned from spanking for two years.
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The girl's father, from whom Kimble-Tanks is separated, discovered the bruises in January and filed a complaint with the Stafford County Sheriff's Office. According to the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star, he also said that despite the incident, she was a good mother. Defense lawyer Mark Murphy pointed out to Yahoo Shine that the father made no move to get physical custody of the girl even though it would have been within his rights. He also noted that "the department of social services took no steps to remove the girl from her mother's home."
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Prosecutor Tara Mooney initially chargedRead More »from Judge Slaps Mom With 2-Year Spanking Ban
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Healthy Living – Thu, Sep 19, 2013 2:57 PM EDTWhen Ted Bartling, a rocket scientist from Utah, decided to donate a kidney to a stranger, he knew he'd potentially be saving one person's life. What he didn't know was that he'd be saving three people's lives.
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Bartling's incredible sacrifice, or "gift" as he calls it, set in motion a chain of events at Salt Lake City's University Hospital and Primary Children's Medical Center that forever linked six people and allowed three, including a 2-year-old boy, to receive successful kidney transplants late last week. On Thursday, Dr. Jeffrey Campsen, who performed surgery on the donors, told Yahoo Shine that all three recipients and their donors are thriving and have headed home or will be discharged within the next couple of days.
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"For at least 15 years, donating a kidney had been on my mind as something I could do to help somebody live a normal life like mine," Bartling, 51, told YahooRead More »from Man's Kidney Donation Is 'Missing Link' for Three Transplants
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Love + Sex – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 5:27 PM EDT
Dolly does PlayboyThe big news about Playboy isn't that Kate Moss is confirmed as its 60th anniversary full-frontal cover model (been there, seen those), but that their annual college party school guide was devoted to promoting consensual sex. Just kidding.
On Tuesday, a group of college students backed by the anti-rape advocacy group FORCE commandeered the URL partywithplayboy.com and turned it into a site that looks astoundingly like Playboy.com. The page's lead story? Playboy's Top Ten Party Commandments. Some of their sound advice included:
- Rape is only a good time for a rapists.
- Use your mouth. Consent is verbal.
- [Do] Not take advantage of a sloshed person. Drunk is not consent.
Even the old swinger himself chimed in. In a faux interview, Hugh Hefner said, "The anti-rape and consent movement bubbling up in America is important and I support it. It's good for women. It's good for men. It's good for sex."Feminists rejoiced and the guide and interview immediately went viral, lighting up the Read More »from Note to Hef: Playboy Should Publish Faked Anti-Rape Guide
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Shine Food – Wed, Sep 18, 2013 1:35 PM EDTMcDonald's currently offers 43 different types of sandwiches and blogger Nick Chipman has tasted every one of them — in one humongous creation he calls the McEverything.
Chipman says he's dreamed of ordering this fast food monster since he first launched his blog, DudeFoods, a few years ago, but he was worried about annoying the employees. "I felt like if I went to into McDonald's and ordered every single sandwich, they would hate me," he tells Yahoo Shine.
But sometimes, like Sir Edmund Hillary, Neil Armstrong, or Geronimo, a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
On Monday, Chipman gathered his courage — and his appetite — and marched into the franchise on the corner of 66th Street and North Avenue in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, to place his megaorder. He strategically arrived at about 10 a.m., just after the morning rush and well before the noon crowd would come pouring in. Not only would the staff be in a lull, but both breakfastRead More »from McDonald's 'McEverything': Man Creates Monster Sandwich From All 43 Varieties (and Survives)
What are contents of the average handbag? For most women the answer is: a wallet, a cellphone, lipstick, keys — and hundreds of thousands of E. coli and other harmful bacteria.
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A recent U.K. study revealed that about a third of those surveyed admitted that they never clean their purses, briefcases, or gym bags. It also reports that 100 percent of bags swabbed and lab tested were contaminated with harmful bacteria like E. coli, which can cause severe diarrhea and vomiting, and fecal streptococcus, which is associated with pneumonia and bacterial meningitis.
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This data backs up previous research that discovered that the number of bacteria on some purse handles rivals what can be found in a toilet bowl. Other studies have detected bacteria that can trigger skin infections and viruses that cause cold and flu on handbags.
"I don't want to make people paranoid, but yes,Read More »from Dirty Purses: Is Your Bag Making You Sick?
- Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer | Beauty – Mon, Sep 16, 2013 2:37 PM EDT
The Miss America contest became relevant again on Sunday with the selection of Nina Davuluri, a smart, outspoken 24 year-old and the pageant's first winner of Indian decent — until Internet thugs tried to blast it back to the Stone Age.
Within moments of Davuluri being crowned the pageant's winner, racist comments flooded Twitter and revealed an ugly, ignorant streak that apparently is still a part of our national psyche.
"If you're #Miss America you should have to be American," tweeted one user.
"WHEN WILL A WHITE WOMAN WIN #MISSAMERICA? Ever??!!" asked another.
Some associated Davuluri with the 9/11 terrorist bombings :
"9/11 was 4 days ago and she gets miss America?" asked one.
Another commented, "More like Miss Terrorist #MissAmerica."
What's ironic — and distressing — about the vile comments about our new Miss America, is that Davuluri actually epitomizes the American dream. She was born in Syracuse, New York, to immigrant parents and graduated from the University of Michigan withRead More »from Miss America Responds to Racism, Makes Pageant Cool Again
Rakhima Ganieva from Tashkent, Uzbekistan, appears to have everything it takes to be a perfect Miss World contestant: She's a college-bound 18-year-old with brown wavy hair and dewy, dark eyes. She loves travel, tennis, and playing the piano. And she's no airhead. "When I have some free time," she writes in her Miss World introduction, "I like to read a good book … My favorite writers are Chekhov, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy." She's also her country's first contestant to participate in the pageant. The catch is, officials from Uzbekistan deny sending her and say they have no clue who she is.
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EurasiaNet, a news service that covers Central Asia and the Caucuses, reports that the Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry and the national committee on women have claimed they had no information on Ganieva's entrance into the Miss World pageant, which kicked off in Indonesia on September 8. Furthermore, they denied there was ever a Miss Uzbekistan contestRead More »from The Mysterious Miss Uzbekistan: Who's That Girl?