(Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

My weekend with Oprah and trying to find the life I want

Winfrey brought her life-improvement tour to Washington, and here's what happened.

    Style

    WASHINGTON, DC  –  SEPTEMBER 22:  Secret Service Security is heightened around the White House after a breach in Washington, D.C., on Monday, September 22, 2014. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

    More security around the White House is not the answer

    Secret Service should clean up its act before Americans are subjected to any more unnecessary intrusions.

    Magazine

    FOR POST MAGAZINE FALL ISSUE 2014 Paciano, Umbria region of Italy: Olive harvest using nets. Polo the cat helping. Olive grove and pine trees in the background. Dec. 8, 2013 (photo by Tim Holt/For The Washington Post)

    Travel: Oil refinery

    In Paciano, Italy, olive picking proved a great way to dip into the village’s spirit — and legacy.

    Food

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 17, 2014:  Tarragon Roasted Celery  (Photo by Deb Lindsey for The Washington Post).

    Book Report: ‘Bitter,’ by Jennifer McLagan

    A thoughtful, revealing approach to an underappreciated taste.

    Wellness

    WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 10:  On and near the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, at 6:30 am about 200 people participate in a high energy workout organized by the November Project on the Mall at sunrise in Washington, DC Wednesday, September 10, 2014. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

    The November Project: Early morning workouts, and a hug or two

    “We want to change the way people see fitness," co-founder says of the grass-roots fitness movement.

    Weddings & Romance

    Shayna and Francis

    Matchmaker, matchmaker, make me a (better) match

    What the matchmaker didn’t know may have undermined this date. ...

    KidsPost

    HANDOUT IMAGE - Thea Woehr, 9, of Silver Spring made a Rubik's Cube costume. Thea decided to make the costume because it 'looked fun.' After finding a cardboard box, she had adult help painting the squares and drawing lines. The costume took two hours to make with breaks.
(Family Photo)

    Show us your creative Halloween costumes

    Is your costume scary, funny or silly? We want to see your ideas for our annual Halloween contest.

    Advice

    Carolyn Hax column cartoon for Sept. 23, 2014.

    Carolyn Hax: Move out and move on, but pay the rent

    What does a woman who can’t stand living with her ex-significant other owe him for a quick departure?

    Reliable Source

    Party Diary: Chefs roast organic queen Nora Pouilllon

    For all their formidable kitchen skills, they still can’t quite skewer the legendary Washington restaurateur.

    Travel

    ALASKA - AUGUST 2014 - The MV Columbia, a state-run ferry system was established in 1963.The year-round commuter  service is a workhorse, transporting Alaskans to and fro along the 3,500-mile Alaska Marine Highway. Tents and sleeping bags pepper the deck as people are transported from more than 30 points along the Alaska seaboard.
(Andrea Sachs / The Washington Post)

    The best way to float by the Last Frontier? Ferry-camping.

    Who needs a cruise liner’s distractions when your tent’s gliding along Alaska’s Inside Passage?

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    Succotash

    The last of the sweet summer corn

    If those masked corn stalkers haven’t gotten to it, you can use the past-its-prime remainder in succotash.

    Fashion

    The Proenza Schouler Spring 2015 collection is modeled during Fashion Week, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

    Your old prohibitions about leather in spring just melted

    At the end of New York Fashion Week, Proenza Schouler threw rules of seasonal fabrics out the window.

    Parenting

    Why all the C-section grief?

    My friend cried on her son’s 1st birthday, remembering a birth that didn’t happen naturally. We all have to remember that C-sections save lives.