Blog Posts by Piper Weiss, Shine Staff

  • Survivors of Teen Suicide Attempts on Prevention: It's Not Always About Bullying

    Kevin Hines returns to the Golden Gate Bridge. (Robert Durell/TPNKevin Hines was 19 when he decided to take his own life. That morning, he told his father he was heading to school and instead took a local bus to the Golden Gate Bridge. At around 10 a.m., he catapulted over the railing and jumped.

    "I don't believe anyone wants to die by suicide. What really happens is you come to a point in your mental instability where you feel you have no more options," Kevin tells Yahoo! Shine. "When I was on the bridge I was crying desperately and wanted to survive, but the voices in my head telling me to jump became louder. I firmly believe there is a big difference between wanting to die and needing to get rid of pain."

    Kevin, now 32, is one of an estimated 33 survivors of suicide attempts on the Golden Gate Bridge. Now a prevention specialist and metal health advocate, he believes there's more to teen suicide prevention than just bullying awareness.

    "There is no direct correlation between bullying and suicide," says Hines. "There are only people

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  • Craigslist Adoptions: How Hopeful Parents Are Turning to the Website to Start Families (A Shine Exclusive)

    Tracey and Dan Citron always wanted to have a baby. After six unsuccessful cycles on infertility medication, they decided to forgo IVF treatments in favor of adopting a child instead. In 2009, they settled on a Lutheran-based adoption agency near their home in Eagan, Minnesota, and enrolled in classes on a path to get their home-study approval in order to adopt. By 2010, they were "approved" and ready to make a match, when they realized they had a lot more work to do.

    "Our agency was a big advocate of outreach, since most of their domestic open adoption matches occurred that way, and it seemed to be the trend," Tracey told Yahoo! Shine. After attending a seminar hosted by the agency that taught parents how to market themselves effectively, the Citrons were fired up.

    The couple printed postcards and business cards promoting their adoption search, which they would hand out to everyone they met "When we paid waitresses, we'd stick a postcard with our tip," Tracey, a 37-year-old

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  • Baskin-Robbins' Turkey Cake: Delicious or Disturbing?

    Turkey CakeIt's a Thanksgiving turkey best served cold. Baskin-Robbins is bringing back the Turkey Cake, a glazed confection first introduced in 1976.

    The seventies weren't exactly a heyday for desserts. See Jell-O salads for proof. But the Turkey Cake—glazed in caramel and stuffed with ice cream—has its share of loyalists.

    On first inspection, the limited edition dessert looks like it could be another gelatinous recipe garnished with cabbage leaves, or even a lacquered version of a turkey dinner in a dusty old diner menu. But looks can be deceiving.

    The cake, which serves up to 10 people and costs $32.99, can be customized with one or two Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavors, before it's glazed in a sweet caramel shell. The shell, by the way came in 2008, when the turkey cake was re-introduced. With the modern incarnation, even the drumstick tips are edible—they're actually sugar cones.

    Turkey legIf you're not prepared to be that guy that brought that cake to Thanksgiving dinner, you can still

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  • Bride Weds in Bedsheet Gown at Hospital Before Delivering Her Baby. Now That's a Wedding.

    Newlyweds Michael Bof and Cynthia Reese. (Photos:Mark Riggs/Akron General) Newlyweds Michael Bof and Cynthia Reese. (Photos:Mark Riggs/Akron General) Last week, an Ohio hospital transformed into a full-service wedding hall for a pregnant patient's special day. Nurses became wedding planners, patients provided bridal accessories, and the gift shop catered the whole affair. Just hours later, the bride became a patient again when the staff delivered her baby.

    It wasn't every bride's fantasy venue, but for Cynthia Reese it was perfect.

    "Everything went so well with the wedding, that the baby wanted to come see it too," joked the exhausted new mom during a phone interview with Yahoo! Shine.

    Reese, 27, was seven months pregnant last Monday when her water broke.

    "I was mopping up the floor at work when it happened," says the Aeropostale sales assistant. "It was really terrifying."

    She immediately checked in to Akron General Medical Center for fetal monitoring as doctors tried to slow down her contractions. She was put on bed rest and checked into the hospital for the duration of her pregnancy. The biggest concern for

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  • Blogger Blames Holly Petraeus' Hair for Sex Scandal: The Worst Take on Anything Ever

    (Getty Images)There are so many questions that need to be answered in this whole Petraeus scandal. There's the hard news question: "Why didn't we know about this sooner? And the tabloid question: "Were the Whistleblower and the Biographer both in love with Petraeus?" And the human interest question: "Why do women love in men in power?" And the rhetorical question: "Wait, that guy is a womanizer?"

    And then there's the question that nobody, save for one blogger, would ever think to ask: "Did General Petraeus stray because of his wife's hair?"

    A writer called "Blonde Bombshell," who is smartly remaining anonymous, posted a "thinkpiece" about the scandal today. It required multiple readings to verify it wasn't satire, and still I'm still not 100 percent.

    You have to go deep into the internet mines to find Blonde Bombshell's words of wisdom. I had entered in a search engine "Petraeus" and "Hair"--two terms I will never put together again--when I found on this story on page three of the search

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  • $18 Chocolate Bar: Shine Tries "Good & Evil" Gourmet Candy by World's Top Chefs

    The best bar of chocolate in the world? Good & Evil isn't just any candy bar. It's the most anticipated bar of chocolate in years, and the brainchild of a trifecta of top chefs. It's also $18.

    Is any candy, even the filet mignon of candy, worth that price? We tried it and found outbut more on that later.

    On Friday, Christopher Curtin, chocolatier and owner of Éclat Chocolate, released Good & Evil, a bar he created with culinary-rock-stars-turned-TV-stars Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert. Availble for order at Eclat's website and select specialty stores around the country, the bar has been the subject of speculation on foodie sites for weeks. What ingredients will make it both good and evil? Habanero chilies? Chunks of sea salt? Zaatar and rhubarb?

    None of the above. It's simply 72% percent cacao dark chocolate speckled with white and purple cacao nibs. Of course, that cacao is some of the rarest and most flavorful in the world.

    11 chocolate myths debunked

    The story goes that Ripert and Curtin traveled to

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  • Who is George Clooney's Sister? 12 Facts About Adelia Zeidler

    Adelia Zeidler (Photo by Coleman-Rayner)Wait George Clooney has a sister? Meet Adelia Zeidler, older sibling to the sexiest man alive. Where has she been and why haven't we seen her on any celebrity sibling US weekly spreads?

    By all accounts, she's been busy raising a family in Kentucky, working in payroll and accounting and trying to avoid questions like, "How do you feel about your brother being the sexiest man alive?"
    But for some reason this week, the 52-year-old stepped into the spotlight to answer candid questions about her brother in an in-depth interview with the New York Daily News. But what begins as a gossip story ripe for pick-up ("George Clooney's sister says he's not gay!") evolves into a profile of a unique lady with a very un-Hollywood lifestyle.

    George Clooney's most famous relative

    Adelia, or "Ada" as her friends know her, lives in Augusta County, Kentucky a few blocks from her parents. She's held jobs at chain stores, raised two children, lost a husband. She's in the white pages. She calls Read More »from Who is George Clooney's Sister? 12 Facts About Adelia Zeidler
  • "50 Shades of Grey" Baby Clothes: Now, It's Gone Way Too Far

    So maybe "50 Shades of Grey" didn't spark a baby boom as expected; it has inspired some very disturbing baby clothes. Onesies and baby tees stitched with quotes like "My mommy pretends Christian Grey is my daddy" are cropping up on the web retail site Etsy.com, and skeeving the pants off of grown-ups. An eagle-eyed blogger at Buzzfeed first spotted the trend, if you want to call it that.

    There was a time, not so long ago, when people were embarrassed to be caught reading the pulp erotic fiction in public. Now we're advertising it on newborns. There's nothing wrong with a little light BDSM reading, or even a little light BDSM, but can we please leave the kids out of it? Prepare to cliff-dive into the dark underbelly of baby clothing. Two words: not okay. --Piper Weiss, Shine Staff


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  • Meet "Ridiculously Good-looking Surgery Baby." The Bravest Internet Sensation Around

    (Photo courtesy of Sarah Powling/Lowell Sun)Watch out Bruce Willis. At three months old, Joey Powling Jr. has already out-smirked the actor, and proven braver than any run-of-the-mill action hero.

    The photo of the newborn, taken by his mom shortly after open-heart surgery, has become an Internet sensation.

    After his uncle posted the picture to the community board, Reddit, baby Joey was crowned "ridiculously good-looking surgery baby" and his adorable mug became a popular meme viewed by over 1 million people.

    "What a legend," writes one fan of the photo. Other awesomely accurate feedback from commenters include: "A baby Bruce Willis" and "That baby is manlier than me."

    But for Joey's family, the photo is more than an Internet ogling break. In an essay published in the Lowell Sun on Monday, Joey's great-uncle, Dan Phelps, explains the serious side to the smirking baby photo.

    "Joey Powling Jr. was born in July with a condition known as Tetralogy of Fallot, or TOF, which is, basically, a hole in the heart (although

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  • Pippa Middleton Defends Party-planning Book from Haters. Smart Move?

    (David Levenson/Getty Images)Her tomato soup recipe was called "terrifying." Her party planning strategies were dubbed "the wrong way to celebrate."

    Critics did not go easy on Pippa Middleton's first book, "Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends." When you're under 30, armed with a six-figure book deal, and best known for your behind and your royal sister, the backlash is to be expected.


    First look at Pippa's party book

    What was not expected was Pippa's response to critics. After largely skipping out on book-related press appearances, Pippa finally opened up about "Celebrate" and her reasons behind creating it on Sunday. Her defense took the form of an essay, published in the The Telegraph—the same publication that gave her book one star (out of a possible five).

    "I'm a real foodie—something, I think, not a lot of people know about me," she begins.

    Pippa goes on to discuss elaborate recipes she's tackled for dinner parties—from slow-braised pig's cheek to pigeon-breast salad

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