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A few final thoughts from Marguerite Kelly

The parenting columnist offers her best advice after 35 years of writing.

    Style

    As NBC distances itself from Cosby, a decades-long career crumbles

    NBC has scrapped development of a new sitcom and TVLand will stop
    re-airing “The Cosby Show.”

    Magazine

    WASHINGTON, DC-July 25: An Bananas Foster ice cream torte is served at a home dinner catered by Federal City catering. The dinner was at the home of The Washington Post food critic, Tom Sietsema in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Suchman/For the Washington Post)

    Why get a party catered? To enjoy yourself, of course.

    A good caterer lets a host enjoy his or her own dinner party. But such an extravagance doesn’t come cheaply.

    Food

    Making Joël Robuchon's famous potato puree demands concentration, hard work and not least a shocking amount of butter. <a href='http://projects.washingtonpost.com/recipes/2009/11/22/rich-velvety-potato-puree' target='_blank'>See the recipe</a>

    Thanksgiving FAQs: Making the best mashed potatoes

    Some simple steps to the fluffiest, creamiest side dish imaginable.

    Wellness

    Washington, D.C. - November 16: Maida Ives, AKA 'Jackie O'Nasty' (right) competes against Aliea Pastore, AKA “Steel Magnolia,” of Durham, NC, in round two in the National Championship of Lady Arm Wrestlers on Sunday in Washington, D.C. Ives is a member of D/CLAW, the District's lady arm wrestling club, that the 2014 National Championship at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street. (Photo by Pete Marovich For The Washington Post)

    Ladies arm wrestle for a cause

    How D.C.'s own representative at “The National Championship of Lady Arm Wrestlers” honed her skills as a farmer in Northern Virginia.

    Weddings & Romance

    Regina and Chris

    Date Lab: For these two Nats fans, hope springs eternal

    Their favorite team may have collapsed, but their date didn’t follow suit.

    KidsPost

    Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James, left, shoots against Atlanta Hawks' Paul Millsap in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, in Cleveland. James scored 32 points to lead the Cavaliers to a 127-94 win over the Hawks. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

    For the title of NBA’s greatest, is it James or Jordan?

    When Cavaliers superstar LeBron James plays on Friday, will fans be watching the greatest of all time?

    Advice

    Carolyn Hax: The ABCs of parents’ baby name game

    Friends want reader’s opinion on the baby name they’re “considering.” Here’s how to respond.

    Reliable Source

    That’s no loser beard, Rep. Steve Southerland says

    A spokesman insists the congressman’s facial hair was inspired by something other than his Nov. 4 loss.

    Travel

    ECUADOR -  Papallact pass,view from summit towards Antisana and Cotopaxi volcanoes, Andes, Ecuador, South America.(KEVIN ELSBY / Alamy)

    Exhilarated in Ecuador, with time on his side

    This dad and husband’s only rush is the view from the Andes Mountains — and a surprising parenting thrill.

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    Jeremy Oldfield sets up quick hoops with plastic conduit at the author's farm.

    How to install instant greenhouses for winter greens

    Set up row covers, the 21st-century descendants of cold frames, to protect crops from winter extremes.

    Fashion

    HANDOUT IMAGE - Gallery View Anna Wintour Costume Center, Lizzie and Jonathan Tisch Gallery (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

    ‘Death Becomes Her’ showcases the fashion of mourning

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art traces the wardrobe demands of bereavement in a fascinating exhibit.

    Parenting

    Traveling while pregnant? A few tips to get you through

    Seeing (and feeling) the physical difference got me thinking: What other aspects of my pre-pregnancy life will need adjustment? Specifically, what sort of adjustments will I need to make for things like traveling in an airplane?