World War II as a fighter pilot—and what she was left with was a brand-new 1941 Ford Super Deluxe convertible, which she had picked out as a stylish parting gift. She drove her $1,100 baby-blue car for nearly a decade before having to sell it for something more practical.
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But on Monday, just a couple of months shy of her 100th birthday, Wall received a nostalgic present: one last, long-awaited ride in the car, with the autumn wind in her now snow-white hair.
“It was wonderful,” Wall, 99, tells Yahoo Shine from her West Bridgewater nursing home. “It was only a short ride, but it was wonderful.”
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Wall recalls that she and her husband, who died 21 years ago, sold the car in the 1950s for a couple thousand dollars in order to buy a Volkswagen bus, which they
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Mon, Oct 21, 2013 5:05 PM EDT
World War II as a fighter pilot—and what she was left with was a brand-new 1941 Ford Super Deluxe convertible, which she had picked out as a stylish parting gift. She drove her $1,100 baby-blue car for nearly a decade before having to sell it for something more practical.Helen Wall of Massachusetts was in her 20s when her husband Wally was shipped off to Read More »from 100-Year-Old's Birthday Gift: A Spin in Her ’41 Ford
- rape case has been growing louder by the day. And while some of it has been hopeful — the reopening of the case, the second victim coming forward, vigilante group Anonymous mobilizing online support — much of it, predictably, has come from slut-shaming victim blamers.The din over the Maryville, Missouri,
“Nobody forced her to drink,” chided a slick-haired criminal defense attorney during a guest stint on Fox News Thursday. “What did she expect to happen at 1 a.m. in the morning, after sneaking out?”
But on Friday, a single voice rang out strong and clear enough to silence all the noise, at least momentarily: that of alleged victim Daisy Coleman, 15, who shared an astonishingly brave first-person essay about her ordeal with online magazine xoJane:
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“Since this happened, I've been in hospitals too many times to count. I've found it impossible to love at times. I've gained and lost friends. I no longer dance or compete in pageants. I'm different now, and I can't ever go back to the person
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Fri, Oct 18, 2013 2:53 PM EDT
grandmother of eight (and great-grandmother of two), going back to school has been more like a life-affirming dream.For some adults, the idea of suddenly being back in a classroom, with facts to retain and tests to take, is the stuff of recurring nightmares. But for one 82-year-old Kansas
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Since enrolling in classes at MidAmerica Nazarene University in Olathe, Kansas, this year as a way to refocus her life after the death of her husband of 59 years, Frances Wood has become something of a campus celebrity. She’s struck up friendships with people more than six decades her junior and was just named honorary homecoming queen by her fellow students. "That was fun!" she told Yahoo Shine. And she’s been learning plenty about finance and history along the way.
Wood says she broke the ice with classmates early by handing out business cards with her contact info — and the name “Granny Franny.”Read More »from Why 'Granny Franny' Is the Most Popular Gal on Campus
“My grandson calls me that, and I
Today came the sad but perhaps inevitable news that “Glee” would end after Season 6, which made me, for one, want to grab my hair, jump onto my desk and launch into yet another over-the-top version of, like, “Glory Days” or "I Dreamed a Dream" or something. But coworkers and readers alike can breathe a sigh of relief, as I've instead channeled my oncoming grief into a roundup of some of the show’s best celebrity-guest stars. Constructive, right?
Britney Spears: Killer matchup with Brittany!
John Stamos: The perfect prop for Brittany’s Britney fantasy scene.
Kristin Chenoweth: An amazing nostalgia scene-setter.
Lindsay Lohan: Self-deprecation at its best.
Olivia Newton-John: Genius “Physical” duet with Sue Sylvester.
Ricky Martin: Hot for teacher.
Sarah Jessica Parker: Kurt’s dream boss in the big city!
Demi Lovato: Santana’s new lesbian love interest. Love it.
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Healthy Living – Thu, Oct 17, 2013 2:31 PM EDT
“Supernatural” star Misha Collins is revered by a cultish following for everything from his puckish good looks to his tendency to engage with online fans and mess with minds through his annual scavenger hunt, GISHWHES. But now one devotee has turned the tables on Collins, joking with him in a stunt that came full circle on Wednesday, when the celeb received change that included a dollar bill with his name scrawled on it. He wondered aloud about it, on Twitter, right away:
The 21-year-old fan behind the prank, Hanna Kahl of New Jersey, identified as Nina on her Twitter and Tumblr accounts, had the funny idea a year ago. “I want to take a dollar bill and write ‘are you Misha Collins’ on it and maybe one day it’ll end up in his hands and he’d be the one mind-f****d for once,” she wrote on Tumblr in Read More »from Personalized Dollar Bill Lands in 'Supernatural' Star's Hands
Also, can someone please explain? I received this as change. You do realize its illegal to deface currency, right? pic.twitter.com/u91VAHJpZ7— Misha Collins (@mishacollins) October 16, 2013
deny it, but no matter: The mere suggestion that a woman is dating a younger man is hot fodder, and news outlets were all over it with a not-too-subtle soundtrack of snickers.So the latest rumor about 27-year-old Lindsay Lohan is that she and 19-year-old model Liam Dean are an item. Her rep was quick to Read More »from Older Women, Younger Men: What's the Big Deal?
“Lindsay Lohan addicted to younger men?” asked Page Six, as others got straight to the point with “Lindsay Lohan Likes Younger Men.” Twitter teases included, “Is Lindsay Lohan Dating a Minor? “Lindsay Lohan has a New Boy Toy!” and “Lindsay Lohan is Dating a 19-Year-Old.”
Sigh. When will the younger-man-older-woman thing cease being freakish and startling? Men dating younger women are scoundrels and tigers, and portrayed as either heroes or simply normal, virile guys. But women with younger men get “cougar” jokes — teased for wanting to be with someone emotionally immature, and belittled for being in a relationship that couldn’t possibly be about anything but being on the prowl for sex,
- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Parenting – Wed, Oct 16, 2013 3:54 PM EDT
gender-stereotyped girls’ getup to hit shelves for Halloween. “It’s not just the default pink for girls thing, or the default skirt for girls, or how this costume looks nothing like Spider-Girl’s costume, but that this is an official Marvel product and they have the comic heroine on the front so you can see just how wrong it is,” writes Tumblr user Ami Angelwings, who spotted the little number at Walmart recently. “Like, if your child likes Spider-Girl and wants to dress up as her, wouldn’t they be really disappointed at this costume?”A Marvel Spider-Girl costume — consisting of a silver mask and a pink polyester dress with a spider on its chest — is just the latest Read More »from Is Your Child's Halloween Costume Sending the Wrong Message?
Great question, Ami, as the real Spider-Girl looks just like Spiderman, only curvier. While some kids, of course, might really want a pink Spider-Girl dress, the problem, experts tell Yahoo Shine, is that this costume and countless others like it — including the pink Batgirl tutu, the police girl uniform that’s skirted, an
fostered several special-needs infants. On Tuesday, she and husband Paul announced, through their family blog, that they had finalized their adoption of Angie, a 2-year-old who was born drug-exposed and clubfooted, whom they had fostered on and off since she was 1.Kelly Nixon Mayr of Colorado has birthed five children, adopted one troubled teen and Read More »from Why This Huge Colorado Family Is So Special
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Now they are preparing for their next adoption—of Rita, an 8-year-old Eastern European orphan with arthrogryposis (a rare syndrome causing unbendable joints) and a case of post-traumatic stress disorder.
But Nixon Mayr, 45, who speaks about her close-knit brood with equal parts passion and humor, insists that she and her husband are not extraordinary.
“I yell at my kids, and I think one might have had Goldfish for breakfast the other day,” she tells Yahoo Shine with a laugh. “The only thing we are is willing.”
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- Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff | Love + Sex – Tue, Oct 15, 2013 3:05 PM EDT
tweeted an embarrassing photo of her open-mouthed sleeping sweetheart, Irish golf champ Rory McIlroy, back in September. And now said pic is raising a major ruckus.Caroline Wozniacki is teaching us all a good lesson in oversharing — especially when it comes to a private moment with your significant other. The Danish tennis star
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It's even led to reports that the famous pair have split, although she denies it. Speaking with Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet on Monday, she said, “I’m so tired of the rumors. They occur every time Rory and I are apart a few days or do not write on Twitter. There is nothing in it, and from now on I just think that I will keep my private life private. It is so annoying that the media and the so-called sources constantly spread the rumors. They write just what they want."
At the heart of all the reports is the photo of McIlroy, shared with Wozniacki’s half-million-plus Twitter followers in September:
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fitness enthusiast and mother of three is defending a controversial photo of herself that has prompted a cavalcade of Facebook critics to accuse her of fat shaming women.A California Read More »from Hot Mom Defends Herself Against Facebook Haters
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In the photo, seen at left, 32-year-old Maria Kang poses in a workout bra and matching micro shorts — revealing an incredibly toned figure with washboard abs — while surrounded by her three young sons, now 1, 3 and 4. Floating above her head is the question, “What’s your excuse?” The picture has gone viral, with more than 16 million views on Facebook, and has generated more than 12,000 comments. And while much of the input has been of the supportive “you go, girl” variety, plenty of it has been made up of angry, offended personal attacks on the photo subject, calling her everything from “obnoxious” and “fake” to a bad mom and a bully.
But Kang, in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Shine, says that making other women feel bad about themselves is