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Growing up, I spent several summers at my aunties’ hair salon. I got to watch (and learn) firsthand how a sew-in works, how to properly execute a blowout, and most crucially, what to do when a track falls out right before prom night and emergency surgery is needed. From a…

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I am not just somebody’s son. I am the son of somebody you may have never had to see until right now.

My mother has been a nurse in the greater Boston area for three decades. She has worked across every role in health care, from the emergency room to…


Polymathic tendencies. If there’s oxtail involved, I’m probably en route.

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