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.


    This photo taken Nov. 6, 2014 shows entertainer Bill Cosby gesturing during an interview about the upcoming exhibit, Conversations: African and African-American Artworks in Dialogue, at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art in Washington. The Smithsonian Institution is mounting a major showcase of African-American art and African art together in a new exhibit featuring the extensive art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby. More than 60 rarely seen African-American artworks from the Cosby collection will join 100 pieces of African art at the National Museum of African Art. The exhibit “Conversations: African and African American Artworks in Dialogue,” opens Sunday and will be on view through early 2016. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

    Bill Cosby’s interview with AP shows power and privilege in operation

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    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.


FDR’s Chestnut Stuffing photographed in Potomac, MD.  Tableware from Crate and Barrel. Photo by Deb Lindsey/For The Washington Post)

    Thanksgiving FAQs: What can I make ahead?

    Many components of the Thanksgiving meal lend themselves to advance prep work.


    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

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    Weddings & Romance

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


    From left: Ceci Nogueira and Alex Waterman with the U.N.'s head of peacekeeping operations Edmond Mulet and Better World Campaign President Peter Yeo.

    D.C. seventh-graders honored at the United Nations

    Alex Waterman and Ceci Nogueira were the youngest winners of the “Thank a Peacekeeper” contest.


    Carolyn Hax: Someone has to blink in post-fight showdown

    They’re in separate rooms after their first blowup since moving in together. Here, a guide to resolution.

    Reliable Source

    Susie Morrison named top White House pastry chef

    The veteran assistant gets the sweet top job.


    HANDOUT IMAGE - The tasting room of Van Ryn's distillary in Vlottenburg, Cape Town South Africa. Van Ryn's distillery and brandy cellar began in 1845 when the Van Ryn family arrived from Holland.

    In Cape Town, forget the wine and go for brandy instead

    Skip the wine tours for the Western Cape Brandy Route to sip one of South Africa’s most popular liquors.

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    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.


    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

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    MEAN GIRLS, Amy Poehler, 2004, (c) Paramount/courtesy Everett Collection

    Parents, you’re not doing your children any favors by being ‘cool’

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