Petula Dvorak

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


Despite herself, a mother of two boys is uncomfortable with their desire for Hot Wheels orange toenails.

  • Oct 20, 2014

Women secretly photographed in a ritual Jewish bath or a gynecologist’s office are being violated.

  • Oct 16, 2014

D.C. residents should support efforts to replace the D.C. General shelter with a half-dozen smaller buildings.

  • Oct 14, 2014

There is little enthusiasm for either gubernatorial candidate in the Old Line State.

  • Oct 13, 2014

When Hannah Graham went missing, Morgan Harrington’s parents knew what it meant for her family.

  • Oct 9, 2014

A proclamation honors Avery Gagliano, whose absences were frowned on by D.C. schools.

  • Oct 7, 2014

For a lesbian couple who uprooted their lives in Virginia nine years ago, the pace of change seems unreal.

  • Oct 6, 2014

The Hollywood depiction of the Secret Service’s invincibility bears no resemblance to the D.C. reality.

  • Oct 2, 2014

COLUMN | They made the pact when they came back for a 50-year reunion and saw their record stood firm.

  • Sep 29, 2014

The name, life and probable death of the missing 8-year-old are rarely invoked by the candidates.

  • Sep 25, 2014
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Petula is a columnist for The Washington Post's local team who writes about homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices, among other things. Before coming to The Post, she covered social issues, crime, and courts in New Orleans, New Jersey and Los Angeles. She lives in D.C., is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the mother of two boys.
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