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The mother of invention? Boredom.

Essay: A move to landlocked Switzerland, with its limited shopping, forces culinary creativity.


    LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 10:  Actor/comedian Patton Oswalt poses for a portrait at the Broadcast Television Journalists Association's Third Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards on June 10, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CCTA) *** Local Caption *** Patton Oswalt

    Patton Oswalt’s summer break from Twitter

    The comedian and actor swore off the social media forum, and the anxiety it produces, for a few months.


    WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 8: Marc Ratner, CEO of StreetSense Portrait taken the afternoon of May 8th 2014, at Mr Ratner's home 2701 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC 20008, Portrait of Marc Ratner in his basement for an article about the people behind the recent boom of construction in DC. (Photo by Brad Howell for the Washington Post)

    Three people creating the new Washington

    Selling Washington worldwide, making the city a playground, designing the future office.



    Small vs. large: Which size farm is better for the planet?

    Unearthed: Maybe the little guys can learn from big, and vice versa, and maybe we need both.


    For shoulder rotation: With your hips square, hold the club behind your upper back. Rotate your

    Out on the links, my joints aren’t swinging it

    If golfers are supposed to have an “oily” swing, can special assessments help me out of this Tin Man phase?

    Weddings & Romance

    Andres and Veronica

    Date Lab: Roses and gummy bears

    But sometimes flowers and sweets can go only so far.


    WASHINGTON, D.C. -- AUG. 21, 2014: HANDOUT IMAGE: Zora, one of two bison at the National Zoo, has a snack. She is one of two bison in the National Zoo's new American bison exhibit, which opened August 30, 2014. (Photo by Jim Jenkins/FONZ Photo Club)

    Zoo brings back an animal from long ago: American bison

    Two females, Zora and Wilma, start a new bison herd as part of zoo’s anniversary celebration.


    Carolyn Hax: Baby’s name isn’t solution for family’s guilt

    An expectant mother is feeling pressure to name her first child after an uncle who committed suicide.

    Reliable Source

    New Washington Post publisher a throwback on the social scene

    Fred Ryan is considered a staple of Washington’s party circuit.


    DARLINGTON, ENGLAND - 2012 - Walworth Castle Birds of Prey Center is in northeast England. Falconer David Toms works with 'Pigeon', Pigeon is a Pere Lanner Falcon.(Kelvin McKivor)

    Becoming one with the raptors in northeast England

    On a “Hawk Walk” in northeast England, you can watch a falconry display or try your hand at it yourself.

    Travel coverage

    Home & Garden

    Zuchetta rampicante squash harvested from the author's vines in our home greenhouse

    Fanfare for the trumpet squash

    Zuchetta rampicante is not just any squash. It can go 30 to 40 feet in one season.


    (FILE PHOTO) Angelina Jolie And Brad Pitt Reported To Have Married At The Weekend In France CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20:  Actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie attend the Inglourious Basterds Premiere held at the Palais Des Festivals during the 62nd International Cannes Film Festival on May 20th, 2009 in Cannes, France.  (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

    Angelina Jolie’s wedding dress: Surprise, surprise, it’s quirky

    The six Jolie-Pitt kids were involved in the design.


    Tips to make the transition okay for everyone

    So your college kid is off and you’re a little lost. Here are tips from Emory University psych professor about how to make this separation good for all of you.