Blog Posts by Sarah B. Weir, Shine Senior Writer

  • Angelina Jolie's passionate tribute to Malala Yousafzai

    Last night at the Women in the World Summit 2013, actress, director, and human rights activist Angelina Jolie delivered a passionate tribute to Malala Yousafzai who the young Pakistani activist who survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Yousafzai inspired people the world over to recognize the oppression of of women and girls in Pakistan and other regions. "Here's what they accomplished," Jolie said of Malala's attackers. "They shot her point-blank range in the head – and made her stronger. The brutal attempt to silence her voice made it stronger." Jolie also read passages from Malala's diary, and at the end of the evening pledged $200,000 thousand to the Malala Fund which the 15 year old established to support the education of girls. Via a video shown at the event, Malala said, "Announcing the first grant of the Malala Fund is the happiest moment in my life."

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  • Black Wedding Dresses: Ghoulish or Glamorous?

    Black used to be the exclusive color of funerals, but today's chic brides are daring to wear it as they walk down the aisle. "There has been a growing interest in black wedding dresses," Tova Marc, head designer for Wedding Dress Fantasy, which specializes in non-traditional colors, tells Shine. "They are tired of the same old white and ivory." The trend began in 2011 when the Vera Wang, the high priestess of bridal wear sent 15 inky looks down the runway. Marc also says Lady Gaga's edgy look has had a big impact. Mother Monster herself is rumored to have tapped Versace to design a black and gold gown for her eventual nuptials. But, black isn't for everyone. Speaking to Harper's Bazaar, fashionable Sarah Jessica Parker (who wore black to wed Matthew Broderick in 1997) said, "I would white it up, I'd wear a beautiful, proper wedding dress, like I should have worn on that day." -Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! Shine

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  • Hard-Boiled Eggs: Why You Are Cooking Them Wrong

    The perfect hard-boiled egg

    Ahh spring, the season of daffodils and rubbery eggs with yolks the color of a mud puddle. Good luck getting the kids to eat them.

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    When it comes to making hard-boiled eggs for the Seder plate or Easter basket, most people slide a dozen into boiling water, set the timer for 20 minutes or so, and walk away to let them jiggle around in the roiling depths of a metal pasta pot.

    That's an excellent recipe for an unpalatable egg.

    The tricky thing about cooking eggs is you are dealing with two different layers that cook unevenly: the white and the yolk. High, sustained heat toughens the proteins contained in the white. Overcooking on high also triggers the chemical reaction that causes that unappetizing greenish-grey film to appear around the yolk. Cooking for a shorter amount of time will allow the white to remain tender but yields a goopy yolk.

    Furthermore, the feisty boiling water molecules that agitate eggs

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  • Women in the World Summit 2013

    undefinedDedicated to spurring global change through sharing stories of courage, survival, and triumph, this year's Women in the World Summit is taking place in New York City on April 4th and 5th. The impressive lineup of speakers and performers includes Hillary Clinton, Meryl Streep, Dr. Hawa Abdi, Oprah Winfrey, and many more inspiring women and men from around the world. Topics range from fighting the scourge of human trafficking to inspiring girls to become world leaders to celebrating female pioneers in the tech sector. Tom Hanks is presenting a tribute to Nora Ephron.

    Yahoo! Shine is livestreaming video from the conference on our special Women in the World events page and also presenting highlights.

    The Women in the World Summit was launched by Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, in 2010 and is sponsored by The Daily Beast and Newsweek. "Pushing up against the glass ceiling is a luxury," Brown said in her opening speech on Thursday. "Try being a woman in Congo or Pakistan or

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  • Animated Disney Characters Who Were Based on Real Actors

    We picture movie animators hunched over their drafting tables translating the whimsical contents of their imaginations onto paper (or today, tablets and monitors), but some of the most memorable characters from Disney's classic films were based on real models acting out the roles. Even animals got into the act: while developing the streetwise male dog from "Lady and the Tramp" (1955) artist Ed Penner encountered a scruffy stray who was the perfect canine model. Although the dog turned out to be a female, Tramp will go down in history as one of Hollywood's most romantic leading "men." Walt Disney pushed his company to be at the leading edge of technology and the making of "Snow White" in 1937 was an early precursor to the way live action movies are made today. Dancer Margaret Champion acted the entire role in costume with props to accurately guide the animators.- by Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo blogger

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  • Zero Waste Home: A Family of Four Gives Up Garbage

    The Johnson Family, courtesy Be a JohnsonThe Johnson Family, courtesy Be a Johnson

    Bea Johnson, environmental lifestyle blogger and author of Zero Waste Home, says her family of four's household garbage output plateaued about three years ago and has stayed the same ever since: one quart per year. That's not a typo. During a phone interview, I ask her what's in her "waste jar" for 2013 and she pauses briefly as she rummages through the few debris. "A laminated fishing license, a few bits of plastic from an electrical repair, a piece of cable from my son's bike, and a lollipop stick-probably someone gave it to my son and he couldn't refuse, I understand." That's three months of garbage. It would include butter wrappers too, the one food item Johnson buys in packaging since she found it was too expensive and impractical to make, but she's saving them for an art project.

    The average American produces over one thousand pounds of garbage a year, and ten years ago, Johnson, her husband, Scott, and two young sons were blithely dragging their overflowing 64-gallon trash

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  • Ruth Bader Ginsburg: The Supreme Court Justice Who Can Do More Push-Ups Than You

    Ginsburg receiving Woman of the Year 2012 awardGinsburg receiving Woman of the Year 2012 award

    While Michelle Obama and Paul Ryan are famous for their sculpted biceps, there is another member of Washington's power elite you might not want to challenge to an arm wrestling match. The sparrow-like Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg told the Washington Post she cranks out an impressive number of push-ups during her twice-weekly workout sessions with personal trainer, Bryant Johnson."Now I'm up to 20..." she said.

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    Johnson, a six-foot-tall, 206-pound former Army reservist who spent three years in Kuwait with the Special Forces, doesn't hold back with the 100-pound octogenarian who barely clears the five-foot mark. No knees-on-the-ground "girlie" push-ups for her. Ginsburg dutifully performs two sets of ten plank-style traditional push-ups at the end of each hour-long workout.

    "Exercise is the great equalizer. It doesn't matter what size, shape or color you are," Johnson told the Post. "A

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  • Lina Viera: Women Who Shine Healer

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    Lina Viera, 53, works as a childcare provider in Stevinson, California. A deeply spiritual person, she was nominated for Women Who Shine by her niece who says, "She lives a selfless life and is always giving to others."

    Hero: Mother Teresa. She was not selfish in any way and lived as a servant of God. She made sacrifices and really loved helping others without a single bit of hesitation.

    Inspiration: I am inspired by my older sister Fatima who is almost like a mother to me. My mother passed when I was just 22 and my oldest sister took care of our nine brothers and sisters.

    Goal: My goal in the next year is to introduce either a friend or co-worker to my prayer group.

    Dream: My dream would be to start a charity that helps children and provides them with everyday necessities.

    Congratulations, Lina!

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  • Miriam Kamin: Women Who Shine Mother

    Freelance writer Miriam Kamin, 41, is Women Who Shine's winning mother. You can read her personal blog, Woulda Coulda Shoulda, at http://wouldashoulda.com. Kamin lives with her family in the greater Atlanta area.

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    Hero: There are tons of people I admire the heck out of, but if forced to pick just one, I'm going with Eve Ensler. Talk about overcoming adversity and turning it into the springboard for an empowering movement for a generation of women. I was in a local production of 'The Vagina Monologues' last year, and it really changed my life to be a part of it.

    Inspiration: My children are always my greatest inspiration. They humble me and make me laugh until it hurts. They make me want to be a better person, and not just so that they won't someday end up in therapy bemoaning how awful I was, but so that when they're all grown up they'll still want to hang out with me.

    Goal: Gratitude. I've done a lot of work this year on learning to appreciate what I have rather than

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  • Maggie Machado: Women Who Shine Athlete

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    Maggie Machado is Women Who Shine's winner in the athlete category. The 29-year-old works as a behavior specialist in Turlock, California.


    Hero: My hero is my dad because he taught me the value of working hard and never giving up. During his short time on this Earth, he taught me a lot, and I believe I get my drive from him.

    Goal: Keep fitness a priority during my entire life.

    Dream: I hope to impact as many children with autism as I can. I also dream of travelling the world with my husband.


    Congratulations, Maggie!

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