The Nurse the Doctor Ordered

At the end of the corridor, there’s a wall of glass tile that looks like the sparkling waters of a stream struck by sun. It leads to a waiting room of charcoal-colored chairs and bouquets of fresh flowers arranged in vases. In this serene space stands Alma Mesquita, a tower of tranquillity. Stethoscope slung over her shoulders like a shawl, she speaks in soft, lilting tones that promise that no matter what’s wrong, she’ll make everything all right. Alma, a family nurse practitioner, has been seeing patients at Quality NP Family Health, her solo office, since August, …

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The Jeweler Who Puts the Past Together

It’s not pretty, and that’s the beauty of it. Miwako Kimura‘s workshop, for that is what she calls it, was meant to be a bedroom. It can fit a double bed but not much more. Sun streams through its only window, illuminating the cardboard boxes that hug the walls, a giant wheel of bubble wrap suspended from the ceiling like a star and three utilitarian, hard-used desks. It is in this space — “I apologize that it’s so messy” — that Miwako comes to craft her costume and custom jewelry. She opens a black box, and like a …

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