- Elise Solé, Shine Staff | Secrets to Your Success | Thu, Jan 17, 2013 5:46 PM EST | CommentsThe death of "Dear Abby" columnist Pauline Friedman Phillips (a.k.a., Abigail Van Buren) at age 94 after a long battle with Alzheimer's Disease is sad news. Famous for not shying away from controversy and dispensing advice on life topics such as cheating hubbies and rude neighbors in sassy one-liners, she was a mainstay in the morning news, syndicated in hundreds of newspapers around the world since 1956. Here are eight things that tickled us about Pauline.
She was competitive: Although she and her twin sister Esther (Eppie) were close growing up—they dressed alike and both wrote gossip columns for their high school and college newspapers—when Pauline discovered Eppie got a gig writing a column called "Ask Ann Landers", Pauline arranged a secret interview with an editor at the San Francisco Chronicle and scored her own advice column, subsequently triggering a eight year-long rift between her and Eppie.
She had a bit of an ego: She started her career as an advice columnist because she...Read More »
- Secrets To Your Success | Secrets to Your Success | Thu, Jan 17, 2013 5:36 PM EST | Comments
Fashion designer and Shabby Apple founder Athelia Woolley took a risk, even though her parents discouraged her. They told her she would never own a business, but in 2006, she started Shabby Apple in her parents' home. A year later, Athelia's mom gave her an iron pig with wings for her birthday. "She said, 'Well, I figured when pigs fly you would own a business,'" laughs Athelia.
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She grew up dancing in Salt Lake City, Utah, and after college, Athelia moved to London to study dance at a conservatory, in hopes of being in a contemporary dance company. Unfortunately, health problems quickly got in the way.
Athelia began feeling exhausted, and on her way to school one day, she couldn't get up the stairs to the subway. She says she knew then that something was seriously wrong. Athelia was diagnosed with Addison's disease, a disorder in which the body's adrenal glands fail. It was made worse by intense exercise, and sadly, At...Read More »
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success | Thu, Jan 31, 2013 6:17 PM EST | CommentsAllana Maiden was 6 years old when her mother, Debbie Barrett, was diagnosed with breast cancer. She grew up watching her mother struggle with the aftermath of chemotherapy and a mastectomy, and saw that even years later, bra shopping was still a disheartening ordeal.
Allana Maiden (right) and her mother, Debbie Barrett. (Photo: Courtesy of Allana Maiden)
So, inspired by her mother's strength, Maiden started a petition on Change.org, asking Victoria's Secret to make a special "Survivors" bra for women who have beaten breast cancer.
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"Mastectomy bras are currently treated as more of a medical device," Maiden, now 27, told Yahoo! Shine. "Their purpose is to hold the prosthesis in place and nothing more. But women like to buy bras and panties that make them feel feminine and pretty. If there's anyone that deserves this pretty feeling, it's breast cancer survivors."
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Her mom has been cancer-free for 21 years now, but Maiden says that Barrett still has to drive more than an ...Read More »
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Secrets to Your Success | Tue, Jan 15, 2013 1:22 PM EST | CommentsChelsea Clinton is returning to Washington—this time in a leadership role. The former first daughter has been named the Honorary Chair of the 2013 National Day of Service and will headline a summit on the National Mall on Saturday to launch President Barack Obama's second inauguration.
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"There is no more fitting way to mark a presidential inauguration than a day of service," Clinton said in a statement sent to Yahoo! Shine. "Coming together as a country to strengthen our communities has always been part of the American spirit. I am deeply grateful that President Obama and his administration have put service at the center of the Inauguration weekend and I am proud to be part of a nation-wide service effort, honoring the service and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and building a brighter future for all of us."
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The high-profile role is a good fit for Clinton, who retreated from view after ...Read More »