Ally Hirschlag

Writer/Editor at Upworthy
    Oct 11, 2019
    The socially awkward person’s guide to playing with children

    Last month, my brother and sister-in-law brought their kids, ages 2 and 5, over to see the new apartment I share with my husband. On the day of their visit, I was brimming with trepidation for one big reason: I have no idea how to play with…

    Last month, my brother and sister-in-law brought their kids, ages 2 and 5, over to see the new apartment I share with my husband. On the day of their visit, I was brimming with trepidation for one big reason: I have no idea how to play with…

    Last month, my brother and sister-in-law brought their kids, ages 2 and 5, over to see the new apartment I share with my husband. On the day of their visit, I was brimming with trepidation for one big reason: I have no idea how to play with…

    How To Clean The Gutters on Your House

    Gutters — they're your house's primary precipitation protection, as long as they're clear and working properly. If they're not, your house could suffer from mold growth, damp basements, a leaky roof, even interior and foundation damage over time. The…

    Gutters — they're your house's primary precipitation protection, as long as they're clear and working properly. If they're not, your house could suffer from mold growth, damp basements, a leaky roof, even interior and foundation damage over time. The…

    Gutters — they're your house's primary precipitation protection, as long as they're clear and working properly. If they're not, your house could suffer from mold growth, damp basements, a leaky roof, even interior and foundation damage over time. The…

    The Largest Climate Protest In History Has Only Just Begun

    On Friday, September 20th, over 4 million people across 185 countries came out and lent their support to a global climate strike, which has now been dubbed the largest climate protest in history. With youth like Greta Thurnberg, who began climate…

    On Friday, September 20th, over 4 million people across 185 countries came out and lent their support to a global climate strike, which has now been dubbed the largest climate protest in history. With youth like Greta Thurnberg, who began climate…

    On Friday, September 20th, over 4 million people across 185 countries came out and lent their support to a global climate strike, which has now been dubbed the largest climate protest in history. With youth like Greta Thurnberg, who began climate…

    How to Prepare Your Family In Case of a Wildfire

    Wildfires are stunning, volatile, extraordinarily dangerous forces of nature that can destroy thousands of acres of land in a matter of hours. If you've ever been near one, you know how terrifying they can be — not just because of their ability to…

    Wildfires are stunning, volatile, extraordinarily dangerous forces of nature that can destroy thousands of acres of land in a matter of hours. If you've ever been near one, you know how terrifying they can be — not just because of their ability to…

    Wildfires are stunning, volatile, extraordinarily dangerous forces of nature that can destroy thousands of acres of land in a matter of hours. If you've ever been near one, you know how terrifying they can be — not just because of their ability to…

    Sep 17, 2019
    A funny new video nails the disturbing truth behind e-cigarettes

    Don't test on animals. That's something we can all agree on, right? No one likes to think of defenseless cats, dogs, hamsters, and birds being exposed to a bunch of things that could make them sick (and the animals aren't happy about it, either).…

    Don't test on animals. That's something we can all agree on, right? No one likes to think of defenseless cats, dogs, hamsters, and birds being exposed to a bunch of things that could make them sick (and the animals aren't happy about it, either).…

    Don't test on animals. That's something we can all agree on, right? No one likes to think of defenseless cats, dogs, hamsters, and birds being exposed to a bunch of things that could make them sick (and the animals aren't happy about it, either).…

    Prep Your Home for Fall

    The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

    The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

    The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

    How To Get Ready For Hurricane Season

    The end of summer into early fall is primetime hurricane season, and if you live on a coast (especially the east and south coasts), you'll likely feel the effects of at least one before Halloween. While the direct path of a hurricane is often the…

    The end of summer into early fall is primetime hurricane season, and if you live on a coast (especially the east and south coasts), you'll likely feel the effects of at least one before Halloween. While the direct path of a hurricane is often the…

    The end of summer into early fall is primetime hurricane season, and if you live on a coast (especially the east and south coasts), you'll likely feel the effects of at least one before Halloween. While the direct path of a hurricane is often the…

    What To Do (and Not Do) During A Flood

    While tornadoes and hurricanes are scary and destructive, when it comes to the most dangerous weather event, they don't hold a candle to floods. Floods are devastating — in the past 30 years, they've led to $260 billion in damages and caused an…

    While tornadoes and hurricanes are scary and destructive, when it comes to the most dangerous weather event, they don't hold a candle to floods. Floods are devastating — in the past 30 years, they've led to $260 billion in damages and caused an…

    While tornadoes and hurricanes are scary and destructive, when it comes to the most dangerous weather event, they don't hold a candle to floods. Floods are devastating — in the past 30 years, they've led to $260 billion in damages and caused an…

    The Women Behind an Innovative Water Crisis Solution That Sucks up Water from the Air

    Beth Koigi is no stranger to water insecurity. She grew up in an area of Kenya where water was pumped into homes directly from the nearby river, and as a result, many people regularly developed water-born diseases like amoebic dysentery and typhoid.…

    Beth Koigi is no stranger to water insecurity. She grew up in an area of Kenya where water was pumped into homes directly from the nearby river, and as a result, many people regularly developed water-born diseases like amoebic dysentery and typhoid.…

    Beth Koigi is no stranger to water insecurity. She grew up in an area of Kenya where water was pumped into homes directly from the nearby river, and as a result, many people regularly developed water-born diseases like amoebic dysentery and typhoid.…

    Storm Prep Checklist For Your Home

    Whether it's an intense thunderstorm or a full-blown hurricane, storms can do a number on your home, especially in the summertime when temperatures are at their hottest. When air and water temperatures rise, storms tend to drop more precipitation and…

    Whether it's an intense thunderstorm or a full-blown hurricane, storms can do a number on your home, especially in the summertime when temperatures are at their hottest. When air and water temperatures rise, storms tend to drop more precipitation and…

    Whether it's an intense thunderstorm or a full-blown hurricane, storms can do a number on your home, especially in the summertime when temperatures are at their hottest. When air and water temperatures rise, storms tend to drop more precipitation and…

    The Women Behind an Innovative Water Crisis Solution That Sucks up Water from the Air

    Beth Koigi is no stranger to water insecurity. She grew up in an area of Kenya where water was pumped into homes directly from the nearby river, and as a result, many people regularly developed water-born diseases like amoebic dysentery and typhoid.…

    Beth Koigi is no stranger to water insecurity. She grew up in an area of Kenya where water was pumped into homes directly from the nearby river, and as a result, many people regularly developed water-born diseases like amoebic dysentery and typhoid.…

    Beth Koigi is no stranger to water insecurity. She grew up in an area of Kenya where water was pumped into homes directly from the nearby river, and as a result, many people regularly developed water-born diseases like amoebic dysentery and typhoid.…

    Firework Safety Guide

    Whether it's a holiday or just a random, warm night, fireworks always make a gathering more fun and special. Unless, of course, you're a pet who doesn't like loud noises — then it's probably not the sort of entertainment you'd choose for the evening.…

    Whether it's a holiday or just a random, warm night, fireworks always make a gathering more fun and special. Unless, of course, you're a pet who doesn't like loud noises — then it's probably not the sort of entertainment you'd choose for the evening.…

    Whether it's a holiday or just a random, warm night, fireworks always make a gathering more fun and special. Unless, of course, you're a pet who doesn't like loud noises — then it's probably not the sort of entertainment you'd choose for the evening.…

    How to Mitigate Common Household Hazards

    Many of us associate home with feeling safe and sound, but there are actually a surprising number of things around the house that can become dangerous if not handled correctly. Ordinary household furniture that hasn't been secured properly, for…

    Many of us associate home with feeling safe and sound, but there are actually a surprising number of things around the house that can become dangerous if not handled correctly. Ordinary household furniture that hasn't been secured properly, for…

    Many of us associate home with feeling safe and sound, but there are actually a surprising number of things around the house that can become dangerous if not handled correctly. Ordinary household furniture that hasn't been secured properly, for…

    A Solar-Powered Solution To the Clean Water Shortage in Rural India

    It’s a common sight throughout India’s slums and rural areas: hoards of people waiting by the side of the road to get water from tankard trucks, or in long lines for the only public tap in the region. This ends up costing everyone, especially women…

    It’s a common sight throughout India’s slums and rural areas: hoards of people waiting by the side of the road to get water from tankard trucks, or in long lines for the only public tap in the region. This ends up costing everyone, especially women…

    It’s a common sight throughout India’s slums and rural areas: hoards of people waiting by the side of the road to get water from tankard trucks, or in long lines for the only public tap in the region. This ends up costing everyone, especially women…

    Lightning Safety Tips

    Lightning — it may look cool when you see it streak across the sky, but it's also an incredibly dangerous, unpredictable force of nature. It's hotter than the surface of the sun, and strikes the United States approximately 25 million times a year. So…

    Lightning — it may look cool when you see it streak across the sky, but it's also an incredibly dangerous, unpredictable force of nature. It's hotter than the surface of the sun, and strikes the United States approximately 25 million times a year. So…

    Lightning — it may look cool when you see it streak across the sky, but it's also an incredibly dangerous, unpredictable force of nature. It's hotter than the surface of the sun, and strikes the United States approximately 25 million times a year. So…

    Fog-Harvesting Is Helping Save Villages in Morocco from the Effects of Drought

    Every morning while it was still dark outside, women and children from Berber villages in southwestern Morocco would get up and walk three miles to the closest water wells to fill jugs for the day. They would then walk the three miles back to their…

    Every morning while it was still dark outside, women and children from Berber villages in southwestern Morocco would get up and walk three miles to the closest water wells to fill jugs for the day. They would then walk the three miles back to their…

    Every morning while it was still dark outside, women and children from Berber villages in southwestern Morocco would get up and walk three miles to the closest water wells to fill jugs for the day. They would then walk the three miles back to their…

    What To Do If You Lose Power After A Storm

    Storms can be scary and inconvenient, especially if you lose power during — or right after — one passes overhead. All of a sudden, you've lost access to important things like lights, wifi, cooking aids like microwaves and electric ovens, and…

    Storms can be scary and inconvenient, especially if you lose power during — or right after — one passes overhead. All of a sudden, you've lost access to important things like lights, wifi, cooking aids like microwaves and electric ovens, and…

    Storms can be scary and inconvenient, especially if you lose power during — or right after — one passes overhead. All of a sudden, you've lost access to important things like lights, wifi, cooking aids like microwaves and electric ovens, and…

    How To Get Your Family Ready for Tornado Season

    Unlike hurricanes and tropical storms, which can usually be tracked days in advance, a tornado can strike with as little warning as 13 minutes. Once it's touched the ground, it can destroy property in a matter of moments, leaving people defenseless…

    Unlike hurricanes and tropical storms, which can usually be tracked days in advance, a tornado can strike with as little warning as 13 minutes. Once it's touched the ground, it can destroy property in a matter of moments, leaving people defenseless…

    Unlike hurricanes and tropical storms, which can usually be tracked days in advance, a tornado can strike with as little warning as 13 minutes. Once it's touched the ground, it can destroy property in a matter of moments, leaving people defenseless…

    May 17, 2019
    The therapy dogs that helped the Parkland survivors got their own yearbook page, and yes, we're crying.

    After the devastating Marjorie Stoneman High School shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, a number students and faculty experienced debilitating symptoms that often accompany a traumatic event. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)…

    After the devastating Marjorie Stoneman High School shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, a number students and faculty experienced debilitating symptoms that often accompany a traumatic event. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)…

    After the devastating Marjorie Stoneman High School shooting in Parkland, Florida that left 17 people dead, a number students and faculty experienced debilitating symptoms that often accompany a traumatic event. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)…

    May 16, 2019
    She was sexually assaulted, denied restitution and fined for protesting. Princeton students aren't having it.

    Women's rights over their own bodies are currently being threatened by a rapidly growing number of states in America. Sadly, they're also not being protected as they should be by some of its most prestigious educational institutions. Back in 2016, a…

    Women's rights over their own bodies are currently being threatened by a rapidly growing number of states in America. Sadly, they're also not being protected as they should be by some of its most prestigious educational institutions. Back in 2016, a…

    Women's rights over their own bodies are currently being threatened by a rapidly growing number of states in America. Sadly, they're also not being protected as they should be by some of its most prestigious educational institutions. Back in 2016, a…