Blog Posts by Dory Devlin, Shine staff

  • Top 5 tricks of identity thieves


    Think twice before you throw toss mail into the garbage give away too much personal information on your social networks. Yahoo! Finance's Farnoosh Torabi highlights some of the most common ways identity thieves can steal the information they need to do major damage to our credit and lives.

  • Top 5 irrational approaches to money


    We may have the best intentions when it comes to money--how we save it and how we spend it. But sometimes our actions and recurring behaviors trip us up and knock us off track with our money goals. Yahoo! Finance's Farnoosh Torabi walks us through some common counter-productive behaviors that can sabotage our financial fitness. Do you recognize any?

  • 5 iPhone-challenging smartphones



    Not everyone has iPhone envy, and it's a good thing because there are several smartphones that compete very nicely with the iPhone and all of its wonderful features and apps. Cell phone consumers know this because Apple's iPhone is no longer dominating the smartphone market. Yahoo! Finance's Farnoosh Torabi shows us 5 top sleek, feature-rich smartphones, including phones that run on Google's Android operating system, that give consumers true choice when opting for a smartphone with with web access.

  • "Mad Men" women: Two kinds of office power, neither respected

    AMCTV.comAMCTV.comSo much going on in that short day-is-done elevator ride with Peggy and Joan on this week's "Mad Men" episode. Weren't you as pleased as Peggy that she could share the news that she fired the sexually harassing, incredibly disrespecting Joey with Joan? With our minds and experience in the present day, we saw that Don was ahead of his time in giving Peggy the power to fire the young creative over the egregious, pornographic cartoon he drew and stuck on Joan's window. It was a fire-able offense, for sure, but Joan was not pleased.

    Why? Because she had "already handled it," and she did so in a way that was right for her mid-60s time, in a way that steadied the power she held in the office, the power so blatantly challenged by the young guy in the office, and unintentionally challenged by Peggy. Joan was angry with Peggy for wielding a new kind of power for a woman manager, the kind that will surely make her own extinct soon.

    One dinner with the client, she tells her, and Joey would have

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  • Message to parents getting louder: No screaming babies allowed!

    In the latest burst of anti-kids-in-public news, a North Carolina restaurant is making headlines with signage that does not quibble. "Screaming Children Will NOT Be Tolerated!" read signs at the the Olde Salty restaurant in Carolina Beach, N.C. And while some parents have expressed concern that they are singling out disabled kids, most patrons have responded well.

    Brenda Armes, the restaurant's owner, told the local NBC affiliate, WECT, the clearly stated message has been good for business. "It has brought in more customers than it has ever kept away," she said.

    It's one more line in the sand(box) by adults who believe tolerance of cranky, crying, noisy (or quiet-breastfeeding) kids has a definite limit when they are around on a plane, in a restaurant, in a bar.

    In Brooklyn, N.Y., the bar Union Hall took a lot of heat from parents/customers when it attempted to ban strollers. But the Double Windsor bar near Park Slope still followed up with a decision to ban babies after 5 p.m. As

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  • September: the true start of a new year

    The air is crispy clean, the sky is blue, the kids are back to school, and, except for the FIOS guy rattling around with snaking wires, the house is quiet. After a weekend mix of relaxing, end-of-summer fun and just-in-time room painting, clothes and school-supply organization, I am struck with that reminiscent September feeling: This is a new year.

    Rosh Hashanah is two days away, so clearly that is not news to many people. September, with and without kids, has always felt like the true start of a new year. The last days of summer kindly slow down as people take their vacations and kids get their last licks of late nights and no-homework days. It is this time of year, more than January, when it seems even more right to start fresh, take stock, and make to-do lists and some changes where needed.

    Just like buying new, colorful binders and fresh pens and pencils lessens the sting of the start of school for my teens, getting organized, making plans, and making my own goals for the year

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  • Dr. Laura learns there are consequences to nasty on-the-job behavior

    If it's another day, there must be at least one incendiary remark hitting the airwaves and interwebs in a (truly) vain attempt to grab a piece of this strange 24/7 news cycle we have landed in. So, sure, it's not so surprising that Dr. Laura Schlessinger rose to the top of the news heap with her repeated use of the N-word to an African-American caller on her radio show this week. What is surprising is that her racially charged words in the name of free speech led to her resignation from her radio helm after a 16-year syndicated-show run.

    Consequences to nasty behavior on the job, what a concept.

    I'm a big fan of free speech, but I don't for a minute believe that that is what Dr. Laura was championing when she spewed the N-word three times, then three times again to a calm, aghast caller. It was about honing her firebrand image, saying the opposite of what a reasonable, thinking, caring person might say because reasonable, thinking, and caring doesn't get any attention in today's

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  • Imagine: your credit card declined—by you

    Budgeting is something we all need to do but most don't want to do, or at least, often don't follow through with at every turn. But is this the answer: credit cards that cut you off when you hit pre-set spending limits in various areas of your life every month?

    That's what we can expect from credit card companies one day soon. MasterCard is expected to annouce that Citigroup will be the first U.S. company to offer credit cards with an "inControl" feature that allows card holders to set all kinds of limits to stop you from spending more than your disposable income allows. The features, in theory, could lead to having your credit card turned away at a restaurant if you hit your monthly dining-out budget.

    These automated features are no different from what a good spreadsheet aims to do, but it would be a point-of-purchase, potentially embarrassing stopgap if you momentarily forget that you are pushing past your monthly fun budget. Services like Mint.com already offer these kinds of

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  • Reinvention story: Roxana Soto

    Check out Roxana Soto of Spanglish Baby tell her reinvention story at the Yahoo! Shine You. Reinvented. booth at BlogHer '10.

  • Reinvention story: Stefanie Somerman

    Check out Stefanie Somerman of The Secret Life of the Stay-at-Home Mom tell her reinvention story at the Yahoo! Shine You. Reinvented. booth at BlogHer '10.

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