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Smockers tenderly sew tiny gowns to clothe infants who die at birth

When JoAnn Moran's first child was born terminally ill in 1976, she and her husband had an emergency baptism. Even while grieving, she wished she could have dressed Molly in more than a diaper and hospital-issued undershirt.

"Gilded Age: Norfolk, Virginia" serves up a lot about Hunter House, and too little on Norfolk’s have-nots

In Victorian-era America, image was everything. Society had strict rules for every facet of domestic life, from where one built a home to how that home was adorned and even who was invited inside.

Polishing your Twitter skills doesn't have to be daunting

When people write me for social media advice, they often seek tips about Twitter. I've been using Twitter for eight years, and while I don't find it confusing, many do. The most popular question sounds simple but really isn't: Am I doing it right?

Employee nap room? It raises more questions than it's worth

I lift my sleep mask to Arianna Huffington. The founder of the Huffington Post website is an ardent advocate for getting sufficient rest. It may not sound like an earth-shattering stance; indeed, it's common sense. But folks in the media industry, especially those who work in demanding newsrooms, are known for burning the candle at both ends.

Hampton Roads to host "dinner in white" made famous worldwide

It started in Paris. Now they're doing it in Singapore and Sydney, in Buenos Aires and Ho Chi Minh City.  Next month, Hampton Roads joins an elite international roster of 65 cities hosting Dîner en Blanc — posh, all-white picnics in public spaces. Thousands attend annually for a night of dining, dancing and camaraderie.

How nice, how rude: Double dose of how nice July 20

Readers are deluging us with stories abou people who brighten others' days with kindness:

The comma: A pause of power

Aldus Manutius would be so proud. The Italian printer left us more than five centuries ago, but he likely would have loved how a missing comma recently helped an Ohio woman get a parking violation reversed.

From Harvard to homeless: Law graduates see each other from both sides of the bench

The judge settled his gaze on the homeless man accused of sleeping beside a downtown office building. It was a Saturday afternoon in early April at D.C. Superior Court, and Alfred Postell, a diagnosed schizophrenic, stood before Judge Thomas Motley. Postell’s hair was medium length and graying. His belly spilled over his pants. A tangled beard hung from his jowls.

Keep Hampton Roads' bountiful local blueberries in mind this summer

It's time to tickle the berries. "If you do, then the ripe ones will fall off right in your hand," said Erik Hansen. That's expert advice from a 9-year-old picker. I met Erik in the shade of Drewry Farms' picking shed, built between a hill that looks like it might be fun to roll down and an acre of Rabbiteye blueberries.

How nice, how rude: Double dose of how nice July 13

Readers are deluging us with stories about people who brighten others' days with kindness.

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