Ahoy There, Mommy! Family Sails Around World on YouTube

NEWPORT, R.I. — They met in Ios, Greece: locking eyes across the town square, both in their 20s then. (She had noticed his distinctive mustache.) Elayna Carausu was playing guitar and singing for a travel company; Riley Whitelum was living on the sailboat he had bought with money saved from working for years on oil…

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On Capitol Hill, the Caucus Grows for Diwali

WASHINGTON — For Representative Pramila Jayapal, there was no better party during her childhood in Jakarta, Indonesia, than the one that took place on Diwali, the Indian festival of lights. Jakarta didn’t have a large Indian population in the 1970s and ’80s, so the 100 or so people who lived in her area would meet…

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The ‘Wrong Time’ to Be in Gambia? Maybe Not

The 52 Places Traveler The 52 Places Traveler visits the smallest country in mainland Africa, where historical reckoning, crippling heat, infrastructure woes and an island of apes make for a trip to remember. Oct. 22, 2019 ImageThe fishing village of Tanji, just outside of Banjul, is a great spot to take in the sunset. Our…

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Interview With the Witch

ImageMelissa Madara, the resident witch at the James New York — NoMad hotel.CreditAnnie Tritt for The New York Times “Hi, I’m here to see the witch in residence,” I told the front desk employee at a West Village hotel. He asked me, with a slightly alarmed look, what I was talking about. It didn’t take…

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Where the Rat Pack Era Meets the Spirit of Donald Judd

After falling for the bright azure sky, craggy mountains and Rat Pack lore of Palm Springs, Calif., in the 1990s, Clive Wilkinson finally bought an empty lot there in 2009, intending to build a getaway of his own. “You felt you were on holiday, even though you were only two hours out of L.A.,” said…

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Medicaid Now Covers a Million Fewer Children

HOUSTON — The baby’s lips were turning blue from lack of oxygen in the blood when his mother, Kristin Johnson, rushed him to an emergency room here last month. Only after he was admitted to intensive care with a respiratory virus did Ms. Johnson learn that he had been dropped from Medicaid coverage. The 9-month-old,…

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After a College Applicant Hits ‘Send’

In the early days of last fall, my daughter was projecting confidence about the college application process. She’d make a spreadsheet, things would be checked off, it’ll all come together, Mom. But right around this point, with classes and sports in full swing, college mutated from something exciting to that-which-shall-not-be-named. To inquire about, say, a…

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In Search of Snoring Solutions

Like clockwork, the sound of the freight train came roaring through our bedroom in the middle of each night. Or at least what sounded like a freight train. In reality, it was me, snoring. And according to my wife, that freight train had gotten considerably louder over the years. Unfortunately, snoring frequency and volume is…

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Amazon’s Viral Orolay Winter Coat Is Back and on Sale

Orolay’s down jacket is basically the Pumpkin Spice Latte of cold weather apparel: the item that defines a season. Better known as «The Amazon Coat,» this ubiquitous style has been touted as the coat to wear come winter—and for good reason. Once the temperature begins to drop, it feels borderline impossible to find a jacket…

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