The T List: What to Eat, See and Wear This Week

Welcome to the T List, a newsletter from the editors of T Magazine. Each week, we’re sharing things we’re eating, wearing, listening to or coveting now. We hope you’ll join us for the ride. (Sign up here, if you haven’t already, and you can reach us at tlist@nytimes.com.) A programming note: The T List is…

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How About No Gifts This Year?

My husband’s mother and her sister share a home. Recently, they asked us for money for a necessary repair. Without it, they said they would have to take a bank loan. I was surprised that their finances are so tight. During the year (and especially at Christmas), they spend money on unnecessary purchases without hesitation:…

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‘Why My Baby?’ How Measles Robbed Samoa of Its Young

UPOLU, Samoa — From the beginning, Nuu Lameko’s baby daughter radiated happiness. She clapped and danced to the songs of praise at church. Often, Ms. Lameko would roll a coconut across the floor of their home to hear her giggle. “Whenever I’m having a bad day, she would have that smile to cheer me up,”…

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Obamacare Ruling May Spare Republicans Some Political Pain

ImageThe public lined up in July to watch oral arguments in Texas v. U.S. at the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans. Credit…Annie Flanagan for The New York Times A federal appeals court in New Orleans handed Republicans a Christmas present. The court had been considering a case with the…

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Loewe Opens a Store

Loewe looks as if it’s pronounced like Lowe’s, the home improvement store, but it is triple syllabic, Lo-Way-Vay. The company, based in Madrid, is now in its 174th year, and its new store, on Greene Street in SoHo, is its first in New York. Originally a collective of leather craftsmen, the house expanded in 2013,…

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My Mother’s Dementia Made Me a Better Person. My Dog Agreed.

I could hear the mournful wailing from the street as I approached my house. No question, that was my 16-year-old Jack Russell terrier “singing the blues.” Once inside, I found Zoe in the kitchen staring at the light gray wall as she continued her plaintive tune. She’d had those odd behaviors for a year: getting…

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When in Distress, Try Sonnets

When in distress with cancer and its treatments, I think of Shakespeare “in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes” and all alone lament my downcast state. I am not completely bereft, then, because his poem supports my complaint. Why are sonnets so bracing, I wonder as I launch into a neo-Shakespearean sort of pity party.…

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Indonesia Lets Plastic Burning Continue Despite Warning on Toxins

JAKARTA, Indonesia — The Indonesian government, stung by a report that found burning plastic for fuel is poisoning residents in an East Java village, is allowing the illegal burning to continue while it challenges the environmental study. Tofu makers in the village, Tropodo, who have long burned waste plastic to fuel their kitchen boilers, have…

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