Ali Swank

    Ali Swank

  • It's Boss's Day! 8 Reasons to Thank Your Manager

    It’s Boss’s Day! Here are 8 reasons to show a little gratitude to your manager.

  • Breast Cancer Survivors Share Stories of Strength and Courage

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We asked Shine readers who have bravely battled breast cancer to share their stories.

  • Confessions of Introverts: They’re Not as Shy as You Think

    So what’s really going on in the mind of your introverted friend? We asked Shine readers to fess up and share what it’s really like to be an introvert.

  • Beloved Librarian Claims She Was Fired for Defending 9-Year-Old Contest Winner

    A beloved library aide, Lita Casey, was fired for no reason by the Hudson Falls Free Library board of trustees after controversy surrounding a summer reading contest.

  • Childhood Memories of September 11, 2001

    Today, September 11, marks the 12th anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. Tell us, where were you on September 11 and how did that day change your life?

  • National Grandparents Day: Honoring Grandma and Grandpa with Special Memories

    When I was growing up, my grandma Shirley baked me <a rel="nofollow" href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biscochito" target="_blank" title="">Biscochitos,</a> New Mexico's official state cookie, carefully packaging them in an empty Folgers coffee can and sending them up to Idaho every Christmas; and my grandpa Mackie took every opportunity to "pull my hair" if I didn't present him with at least one precious package of peanut M&Ms from my Halloween candy collection. My grandpa Bill patiently tried to teach me how to play tennis, but I would have rather hunted for "treasures," like unique rocks and lost pennies, in the high school parking lot with my grandma Fran. These memories of love, stability, and friendship are not unlike many others' memories of their own "Pop" and "Gramma." <br> <br> September 8 marks <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/09/06/presidential-proclamation-national-grandparents-day-2013" target="_blank" title="">National Grandparents Day</a>, a day to celebrate the homemade cookies, hugs, lessons, and stories from grandmas and grandpas everywhere. <a rel="nofollow" href="http://shine.yahoo.com/yahoo-contributor-network" target="_blank" title="">We asked Shine readers</a> to share memories of time spent with their grandparents, w<span style="">hether they helped raise you, sparked your creativity, or spoiled you on your birthday.</span> Here are a few reasons why we will always honor and love our grandmothers and grandfathers. Happy Grandparents Day! <br> <br> <i>Tell us, why do you love your grandparents? <br></i> <br> -- <a rel="nofollow" href="http://shine.yahoo.com/blogs/author/ycn-1669085/" target="_blank" title="">Ali Swank</a> <br>

  • Couple Looking to Adopt a Baby Advertise on New Jersey Billboard

    Orna and Jay are hoping to adopt a baby, so they took out an eye-catching billboard on the New Jersey Turnpike to appeal to potential birth parents.

  • Young Daughters Save Mother's Life During Hike in Oregon

    Two young daughters ran over two miles on a hiking trail in Oregon to find help for their mother, who was suffering from respiratory failure after an asthma attack.

  • Dramatic Delivery: Woman Gives Birth in Hospital Lobby

    A South Florida mom didn't make it to the delivery room, giving birth to her baby girl on the hospital lobby floor.

  • Bride Gets Wedding Cake Revenge on eBay

    A bride from the U.K. attempted to sell her disastrous wedding cake on eBay, publicly shaming the cake maker.

  • Good Samaritan Saves Injured Teen, Thanks "Shark Week" for Guidance

    Without any formal medical training, Good Samaritan Robert Nicholas used his “Shark Week” know-how to save 16-year-old Bailey Mcgroarty and three other teens after their Jeep overturned.

  • The Surprising Benefit of Having Siblings

    A new study suggests that growing up with multiple siblings decreases the likelihood of divorce later in life.

  • Good Samaritan Pays Stranger's Baggage Fee at Airport

    A Good Samaritan paid it forward by picking up a stranger's baggage fee at Tampa International Airport. The note the person left was shared on Reddit, inspiring Redditors to share their own story of charity.

  • Beachcombing Treasure Hunter Finds, Returns Lost Wedding Ring

    Paul Rodinsky is a modern-day treasure hunter, scouring the beaches of Florida for lost prized possessions. But he doesn’t always keep what he finds in the waters off of the Gulf Coast, often working with hotels to return lost jewelry to the rightful owners.

  • Stem Cell Burger: What It Really Tastes Like

    Two volunteers publicly tasted the first cultured beef hamburger in London on Monday. It tasted like a "protein cake."

  • National Sister's Day: "Why I Love My Sister"

    Even if she drove you completely crazy, stole your favorite pair of jeans, or gave you horrible dating advice, she's your sister and you love her. She's been a built-in friend, laughing with you and caring about you throughout your lives. National Sister's Day is Sunday, August 4th, and in celebration of the special day, <a rel="nofollow" href="http://shine.yahoo.com/yahoo-contributor-network" target="_blank" title="">we asked Shine readers</a> to share why they love their sisters. <i>Tell us in the comments, why will you always adore your sister?</i> -- <a rel="nofollow" href="http://shine.yahoo.com/blogs/author/ali-swank-ycn-1669085/" target="_blank" title="">Ali Swank</a>

  • Meet the Van Squigglebottoms! Couple Plans to Change Last Name if They Raise $1 Million

    Jessica and Jeff, a couple in Washington, D.C., have decided that they will change their last name to Van Squigglebottoms if they Raise $1 million for Oxfam America.

  • World's First 'Tiny House' Hotel Opens in Portland

    Caravan owners Deb Delman and Kol Peterson invite guests to comfortably experience small, alternative housing, reduce their environmental footprint and experience a cool, energetic neighborhood in cozy homes that are about the size of an average bedroom.

  • Mom Tracks Down Stolen Car with Facebook

    When Melissa Torrez's car was stolen on July 23rd, the Albuquerque, New Mexico, mom took to Facebook to track down her Chrysler 300.

  • Edmonton Man Buys 500 Coffees at Tim Hortons in an Inspiring Random Act of Kindness

    At a Tim Horton's in downtown Edmonton on Monday, a man generously paid it forward and bought large coffees for the next 500 customers, surprising coffee-loving patrons until the 8:30 the next morning.