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Episode 2: the Airplane

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Episode 2: the Airplane

My relationship with Sam is as old as my relationship with New York City. Somewhere on my phone there exists a photo of us posing on the stoop of our old Harlem apartment on 113th and Lenox. That place was our first anchor in a city that boasted endless possibility and dreams. It was our landing pad, far flung from the rural Midwestern upbringing that marked our respective girlhoods. It was a space where we laughed, cried, cooked, ate, drank, dreamt, and worked. There was the creaking floor, the laundromat down the block, the Masjid next door, Central Park North and...

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Episode 1: the Charm Bracelet

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Episode 1: the Charm Bracelet

I’ll never forget the first time I met Rachel. It was the Spring of 2017 and we both were accompanying our respective partners, members of the tight knit agave spirits world, to Candelaria Yegole, a remote village nestled in the Oaxacan countryside that also happened to be the home of the late Don Aquilino, a renowned mezcal maestro.  After meeting in the center of town, the four of us crammed into the Jeep of Rachel’s partner. I gripped my seatbelt as he expertly hugged the rugged roads through each and every hairpin turn on the side of the mountain. When...

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