Blog Posts by Beth Greenfield, Shine Staff

  • Woman Thanks Guardian-Angel Soldiers Who Saved Her Life

    Linda Hartman with heroes Spc. Joshua April, Sgt. Mike Black and Sgt. First Class Todd Richter. Photo: Ashley AlamedaA Texas woman who survived a gruesome auto accident in January because a trio of soldiers stopped to help her was thrilled at the chance to personally thank them for their heroism, she tells Yahoo Shine.

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    “It meant the world to be able to do that,” Linda Hartman, 37, says. “If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t be here. My kids wouldn’t have a mom. My husband wouldn’t have a wife. My parents wouldn’t have a daughter. My siblings wouldn’t have a sister. I think about that every day.”

    The soldiers who stopped to help just happened to have military medical training, and one in particular, Sgt. Mike Black, was able to apply a tourniquet to stop life-threatening bleeding. Now he’s on track to receive the distinctive Soldier’s Medal, one of the highest military honors given for bravery in a civilian setting.

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    Hartman with Black. Photo: Ashley Alameda On that winter morning, Hartman

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  • Male Defender of Stay-at-Home Moms Warns of 'Motherism'

    photo: Getty ImagesEarlier this month, daddy blogger Matt Walsh stirred up some major mommy-war muck when he passionately defended his wife, a stay-at-home mom, to “condescending” working mothers. Now another male voice has joined him: that of Dr. Aric Sigman, a UK psychologist, biologist and author, who recently encouraged full-time moms to rise up against their critics.

    “You should take on ‘motherism’—the prejudice against stay-at-home mothers, a prejudice that expresses itself in derogatory clichés like, 'You gain a baby and lose a brain’…” Sigman told a crowd of moms in London at the Mothers at Home Matter annual conference last week, according to the Telegraph. “I have heard how full-time mothers are described. The tone seems to be that they are not as interesting, that they have taken a step down both socially and intellectually but also in terms of esteem. If you applied any other kind of minority group tag to that, there would be an outcry.”

    Clarifying his comments for Yahoo Shine, Sigman—well

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  • 100-Year-Old's Birthday Gift: A Spin in Her ’41 Ford

    Helen Wall sitting at the wheel of her 1941 Ford Super DeLuxe convertible. Photo courtesy Life Care Center.Helen Wall of Massachusetts was in her 20s when her husband Wally was shipped off to 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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  • Daisy Coleman Speaks Out: Why It Matters

    Daisy Coleman. Photo: xoJaneThe din over the Maryville, Missouri, 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.

    “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:

    “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

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  • Why 'Granny Franny' Is the Most Popular Gal on Campus

    Wood, left, with the university president and his wife at MNU's recent homecoming game. Photo courtesy of MNUFor 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 grandmother of eight (and great-grandmother of two), going back to school has been more like a life-affirming dream.

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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.”

    “My grandson calls me that, and I

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  • Farewell, 'Glee': Our Favorite Cameos

    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!
    Photo: Fox

    John Stamos
    : The perfect prop for Brittany’s Britney fantasy scene.
    Photo: Fox

    Kristin Chenoweth
    : An amazing nostalgia scene-setter.
    Photo: Fox

    Lindsay Lohan
    : Self-deprecation at its best.
    Photo: Fox

    Olivia Newton-John
    : Genius “Physical” duet with Sue Sylvester.
    Photo: Fox

    Ricky Martin
    : Hot for teacher.
    Photo: Fox

    Sarah Jessica Parker
    : Kurt’s dream boss in the big city!
    Photo: Fox

    Demi Lovato
    : Santana’s new lesbian love interest. Love it.
    Photo: Fox

    Thanks for the memories!

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  • Personalized Dollar Bill Lands in 'Supernatural' Star's Hands

    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
  • Older Women, Younger Men: What's the Big Deal?

    Lohan. Photo: GettySo 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 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.

    “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,

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  • Is Your Child's Halloween Costume Sending the Wrong Message?

    The offending Spider-Girl costume. Photo: TumblrA Marvel Spider-Girl costume — consisting of a silver mask and a pink polyester dress with a spider on its chest — is just the latest 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?”

    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

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  • Why This Huge Colorado Family Is So Special

    The Mayr family. Photo courtesy of the Mayrs.Kelly Nixon Mayr of Colorado has birthed five children, adopted one troubled teen and 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.

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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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