Lifestyle

It’s tempting to dump your grievances during a breakup. Don’t do it.

There is a great line in Justin Bieber’s hit breakup slow jam “Love Yourself” in which he addresses his ex:<p>“And I didn’t want to write a song<br>Cause I didn’t want anyone thinking that I care<br>I don’t, but you still hit my phone up.”<p>By “great” I mean: “Extremely satisfying in how transparently untrue …

Relationships

What to do when moths are still producing even after you got rid of food source

<i>Q: I live in a 75-year-old brick Colonial. About 10 years ago, I left a bag of unsterilized sunflower birdseed in my basement, and thus began a continuing battle to rid my house of Indian meal moths. After a long fight to get them out of rooms on the main floors, I have isolated them to my basement</i> …

Dog Food

Archaeologists solve the mystery of the Great Pyramid

New evidence proves that the ancient Egyptians constructed the Great Pyramid at Giza by transporting 170,000 tons of limestone in boats.<p>It has long …

Archaeology

Three Truly Impactful Things You Can Do When Someone Experiences the Worst Kind of Loss

In my circle, we had especially tragic losses recently. A 15 month little girl went to the hospital and didn't come home; a 48 year old dad went to …

Sheryl Sandberg

How Cosmopolitan’s Helen Gurley Brown taught women to prize skinniness above all else

<i>If my weight’s okay, dinner for me might be muesli with chopped prunes, dried apricot, six unsalted almonds, dusting of Equal, and a cup of whole milk. Delicious! If weight-fighting, it’s back to tuna salad with one slice seven-grain toast and half a tablespoon of diet margarine. Dessert every</i> …

Big Ideas

Harvard had every right to reject child killer Michelle Jones

How committed is Harvard University to ensuring a diverse student body? Not very, according to critics of the school’s decision to rescind its offer …

A black mom, seeking safe grounds for her daughters

“It’s raining, but the ocean still looks calm. You can’t even tell it’s storming.” My daughter’s observation as we drove along the shoreline in our new city struck me as all too familiar. She had unknowingly found the perfect metaphor for my feelings.<p>We recently relocated to coastal South Carolina, …

Black Lives Matter

How to get that master bedroom feel no matter how small your space is

Settling into a plush hotel room with no other plans but to completely unwind sounds pretty nice, but what's even better (as well as budget-friendly) …

Bedrooms

Ask Amy: HOA’s rules may make for a scary Halloween

<i>Dear Amy: My husband and I live in a medium-size townhouse community in a large city. We have a homeowner’s association (HOA). We’ve had no issues with the HOA, up until now.</i><p><i>The president of the HOA recently sent an email to all owners, saying that any Halloween decorations that included</i> …

Parenting

Patanjali does naturals, we do science+naturals: L’Oréal

India’s young, beauty-conscious shoppers are keeping Jean-Christophe Letellier, managing director of L’Oréal in the country, busy.<p>Letellier, who’s been heading the company’s India business since 2013, thinks that with better access to the internet, affordability, and the desire for better grooming, …

Business

Plumber: What is a comfort height toilet?

Q: Dear Ed: We're in the market for a new toilet and I've noticed that some toilets are called "comfort height." I assume they are different than a …

Embracing Being Danger Mom

Today I embraced being danger mom. It’s like being fun mom, just more badass. It started innocently with me trying to be good mom. After months of …

Parenting

Hints From Heloise: Inappropriate viewing

<b>Dear Readers:</b> Today’s Sound Off is about too much nudity and bad language on television.<p>“Dear Heloise: Please believe me when I say I’m not a prude. I’m a 28-year-old schoolteacher at a middle school who is tired of the nudity and profanity on television. So many of my students see programs on TV …

Design Recipes: 10 must-haves for your home in case of power outages, natural disasters

When it comes to your home, there are a number of items that are helpful to keep on hand, especially when an emergency may arise.<p>Being caught off …

HBO airing new documentary about Ben Bradlee

Finally, legendary Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee will inhabit a role that won actor Jason Robards an Oscar (and might win Tom Hanks another one): Himself.<p>HBO announced Monday that its new documentary about Bradlee’s life and career, “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee,” will …

Journalism

How to flip houses, make movies and stay married: Corbin Bernsen and Amanda Pays talk about their new book, 'Open House'

The only thing harder than keeping a Hollywood marriage afloat may be navigating major home renovations with your spouse.<p>Corbin Bernsen and Amanda …

Houses

Humpty Dumpty Is Mended, Miss Muffet Is Empowered, and a YouTube Empire Is Born

CHENNAI, India—Like many Indians, B.M. Krishnan grew up with both local and Western nursery rhymes. Even as a child, he figured the English ones just didn’t make much sense.<p>The tale of the downfall of Humpty Dumpty—universally and perplexingly portrayed as a giant egg with limbs—still upsets …

Business

Miss Manners: For flatware, just pick the best tool for the job

<i>Dear Miss Manners: I want to purchase new flatware. The dinner knives and butter knives come in serrated and non-serrated options. Is there one option that is more appropriate than the other, and why?</i><p><b>Serrated butter knives?</b> How tough is your butter?<p>Miss Manners has to keep reminding people that …

Etiquette

Rome's five best gelato shops

We arrived in Rome dreaming of victory – and chilly treats – thanks to a delicious competition. My three companions and I each chose the gelato shop …

Rome

Why do leaves change colors?

It wouldn’t feel like fall without the sight, smell and oh-so-familiar crunch of fallen leaves. But why do some trees change their colors — and then give up their leaves — as autumn sets in?<p>First, a bit about why leaves are usually green. Humans have to eat food to get the nutrients that keep us …

John McDonnell

This little Backyard Box holds a lot of flexibility – and big-time design

You've got your mailbox. Your Xbox. Your toolbox. Sandbox, jewelry box, moving box. You might have boxes inside of boxes on top of boxes, but you do …

Rare day to ride high

In the Eastern Sierra near Bishop is a mountain route unofficially known as the highest motorable road in California.<p>The dirt section at the top is …

Road Trips

How a piece of popcorn inspired a hit children’s book

One day, back in the mid 1960s, a young mother named Elaine Lobl Konigsburg was strolling through the Metropolitan Museum of Art when she noticed …

Metropolitan Museum of Art

Rome resources

Rome is remarkably walkable, with delights – art, ancient ruins, great food – at every turn. You could easily enjoy days of aimless wandering. But …

Rome

High on Rome: Walking tours await in Italy's ancient city

Like hordes before us, we entered Rome through its northern gate.<p>We had rented a terrace apartment in an old marble-filled building in the Flaminio …

Rome

Turn those vacay pics into pillows, magnets and more

Those photos from that amazing trip you took deserve a better showcase than your smartphone.<p>Immortalize the cream of your camera's crop by printing …

Stocking Stuffers

Fall colors and new village are draws at Portland's dazzling Japanese Garden

In a year when big changes have taken root at the highly acclaimed Portland Japanese Garden, I found myself standing stock still a few steps inside …

Landscaping

Ask Angie's List: Is the cost of gutter guards worth it?

Is it worth spending money to install gutter guards if you still have to clean them sometimes? For many homeowners, the answer is yes, especially for …

Home Improvement

Creative vibe helps Paducah thrive, drawing tourists to crafty Kentucky town

In this riverfront town in western Kentucky, art isn't just a luxury. It's a lifeline.<p>It helped salvage one of the city's oldest neighborhoods with …

Yardsmart: New England and succulents

It's always interesting for us desert folks to hear New Englanders talk about agaves. A friend shared a recent post by Martha Stewart about how she …

New England