Shauna Alexander prepares a dish for her friends-only Thanksgiving meal.

Thankful for their families, but this holiday is now for friends

The benefits of “Friendsgiving” include no travel, no drama and the ability to sleep in your own bed.


Riot police run past a burning St. Louis County police car as hundreds of protesters gather after an announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted in the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown day, November 24, 2014, in Ferguson, MO.  The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old by white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, has captivated the nation as a grand jury deliberated to decide whether to charge the officer with a crime.  
(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

    Ferguson is now a symbol, not a place

    The suburb’s name will forever evoke feelings. How will it adjust to its emblematic meaning?



    How did an unarmed mother’s U-turn lead to her death?

    The killing of Miriam Carey on Capitol Hill, with her baby in the car, still presents questions with few answers


    Chat Leftovers: When two drumsticks won’t be enough

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    The new Fitbit Charge ($130) doesn’t just count steps, stairs climbed and active minutes, but also monitors sleep, works as a watch and displays caller ID when your phone is nearby.

    Fitness gifts: Know your audience

    How to make sure that what you’re giving doesn’t cause someone to take offense.

    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.


    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- DEC. 3, 2011: HANDOUT IMAGE: A elephant made from LED lights decorates the National Zoo during Zoo Lights 2011. The free annual event runs from Nov. 29, 2013 to Jan. 1, 2014.

    National Zoo offers wintry fun at ZooLights

    Light displays feature animal residents. Evenings include music, train display and tubing.


    Carolyn Hax: Fed up with mother-in-law’s weight attacks

    She has endured criticism and unsolicited advice for 20 years, and now she has had enough.

    Reliable Source

    Thanksgiving Talking Points 2014: How to sound like a D.C. insider

    It’s the Reliable Source’s ninth annual guide to dazzling friends and family with your Beltway prowess.


    MAGALLANES, CHILE - The Torres del Paine National Park. Lago Pehoe, in the Magallanes Region, landscape at dawn. (Jay Goodrich/

    Seeking refuge in the wild of Chilean Patagonia

    In Torres del Paine National Park, wind gusts and snow lashes my face — but this is when I find peace.

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    A potato hoe, also called a potato hook, is great for removing rocks. This hand version is sold by Johnny’s Selected Seeds as a “hand tiller”.

    Dealing with stones in the garden

    They can actually be a good thing.


    Chanel, Hermes and Louis Vuitton are ready for their close-ups on unboxing videos

    Designer handbag purchases are transformed into performance art.


    HANDOUT IMAGE: Left to Right: Agent Classified (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch), Skipper (voiced by Tom McGrath). The Penguins of Madagascar © 2014 Dreamworks Animation LLC. All Rights Reserved. Credit: Dreamworks Animation

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