My friend “Nan” is planning her wedding and asked if I, along with our friends, would be bridesmaids. Fast-forward a few months: The bride-to-be is now pregnant. We’re having our first get-together as a bridal party, and she wants us to serve only nonalcoholic “mocktails” for our girls’ nigh… Read More ⇒

Q: In this day and age, are we still required to use cover letters when replying to online job postings, especially sites that have one-click “easy application” features that let you attach a résumé and apply without going through multiple screens of questions? The basics I would include in … Read More ⇒

I don’t pay much attention to trends because they tend to be like buses-there’s a new one every ten minutes. However, this one has not only snagged my attention but sent chills down my spine and triggered goose bumps on my arms. Read More ⇒

WASHINGTON — A petite woman in a bright pink shirt jumped up and grasped a pull-up bar in a suburban park. She shifted her grip. Then she began to knock out pull-ups — one, two, three. Onlookers burst out in applause, cheering her on. They had gathered on a cool Saturday morning to learn how… Read More ⇒

The first time I went to London, I asked a friend who lived there for bookstore recommendations. “Well,” he said with a pause, “that depends. What kind?” I was too embarrassed to admit I didn’t realize I had to specify. But given that I was in the center of the English-speaking literary worl… Read More ⇒

Financing a newly built home is typically similar to paying for an existing home, as long as you’re buying a home that’s part of a community under construction and not a custom home. But the cash you need for a deposit, a down payment and closing costs could be a little different when you’re… Read More ⇒