Five Places to Visit in Washington, D.C. With a Black Digital Storyteller

Lanae Spruce describes herself as a foodie and cultural connoisseur. But in the nation’s capital, the 31-year-old is better known for digital storytelling and building social media brands. Until September, Ms. Spruce designed and managed the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture’s award-winning social media accounts for more than six years. ImageLanae…

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Our Best Vegetarian Thanksgiving Recipes

Many desserts are vegetarian, but we’ll take this opportunity to plug some of our readers favorite dessert recipes anyway. David Tanis’s cranberry curd tart is jaw-droppingly beautiful, an Instagram-worthy crowd favorite that’s also gluten-free. (Pro tip: The secret to achieving that ruby red color every time is puréeing the cooked cranberries in a blender or…

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Colette’s Burgundy

With her wry sense of humor honed by a coquettish but self-doubting vanity, the French novelist Colette would doubtless have been flattered to see the painstakingly authentic renovation of her childhood home by the Paris decorator Jacques Grange in Saint-Sauveur-en-Puisaye. Born Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette in 1873 in this Burgundian village 115 miles south of Paris, she…

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Face It, Mom and Dad: I’m Not Special

I come from a polite Midwestern family. We never argue. We acknowledge each other’s viewpoint and honor each other’s truth. But to the pantheon of complaints children lodge against their parents (affairs, abandonment, forgotten birthdays), I’m adding this: unbridled optimism. My parents believe in the power of positive thinking. Some fathers sing in the shower;…

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