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Astoria Characters: The 5-Bark Barista

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingLola waiting at Chateau le Woof for her boyfriend.There's a parade of pooches prancing into Chateau le Woof. That's fine with Natassa Contini who designed it to go to the dogs (and the select humans they deign to invite to their five-woof watering hole).Read all about Natassa in Nancy Ruhling's…See More
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Astoria Characters: The Ex-Cop on the Legal Beat

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPhill is a bankruptcy lawyer.Bankruptcy is not as bad as you think. Before you dismiss this seemingly novel idea, give Phill Mahony a chance to explain it to you.Read all about Phill in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Ex-Cop on…See More
Feb 2
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Astoria Characters: The Head Wigmaker

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingRalf is a custom wigmaker; he did The Donald.Raffaele Mollica is standing at the worktable in his basement studio with a half dozen tiny tissue-paper packets spread before him like a banquet.Read all about Ralf in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, …See More
Jan 26
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Astoria Characters: The New Father

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingKyle and 6-month-old Cove.Kyle Marshall is still new at this father stuff, and he wants to make sure he's doing a good job.Read all about Kyle in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The New Father."See More
Jan 19
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Astoria Characters: The Winter's Tale (of 3 Turtles)

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingFranklin and Junior in their winter house.Technically, our tale of Franklin and Junior starts in the summer, but turtles are slow-shuffling creatures so it makes sense that everything has come to a head in the dead of this winter of our discontented spring.Read all about them in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington…See More
Jan 12
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Astoria Characters: The Creativity Coach

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingSusan takes a creative approach to clutter.If you don't know that Susan Weiman is creative, all you have to do is look at her living room.Read all about Susan in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Creativity Coach."See More
Jan 5
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Astoria Characters: The Hands-On Healer

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGalina is the owner of Acupuncture For All.It is so quiet in Galina Tsypin's office that you can hear a pin drop. Or, to be more precise, a needle.Galina, you see, is an acupuncturist, and the studied silence is part of her healing process.Read all about Galina in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Dec 29, 2015
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Astoria Characters: The Family Portrait

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPatricia with her children, Jeanne and Devin, at Seasoned Art.It was art that drew them together.Patricia Boes, the official artist in the family, doesn't remember exactly when it happened.She does recall that Devin, her son, was the first to join her. Then her husband, James, added himself to the…See More
Dec 22, 2015
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Astoria Characters: The Family's Jewel

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPasang is subbing at the Jewels of Buddha.There's something comforting about rituals. Pasang Tsaga knows this very well. Every time she opens the Jewels of Buddha, she lifts the gate, lights the incense and turns…See More
Dec 15, 2015
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Astoria Characters: The Artist Who's Sharing Her Easel

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingShasta's SHASTYE channels the innner artist in children.A mommy, baby strapped to her stomach, is peering through a front window of SHASTYE Gallery and Play Space, trying to figure out what it's all about.Shasta Molnar, who has just arrived with her black-and-white polka-dotted Frenchton, Zoya, explains…See More
Dec 8, 2015
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Astoria Characters: The Community-Minded Pastor

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingThia's the pastor at Astoria First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Plunk, plunk, plunk; plink-plink-plink-plink. Someone is playing, let's make that pounding, a toy piano.Thia Reggio, pastor of the Astoria First Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) takes no…See More
Dec 1, 2015
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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Plays the Toy Piano

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingPhyllis' UnCaged Toy Piano Festival starts after Thanksgiving.There's a baby grand in the living room, but when Phyllis Chen sits down to play, it's at the child-size cherry-red toy piano.Read all about Phyllis in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Nov 24, 2015
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Astoria Characters: The Juice Guy

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJohn's the owner of Underpenny and Paris Health New Direction.It's breakfast time, and John Sung Park is at the front door with a big grin on his face.He's been up since 4, and he still has a lifetime to go before he closes his juice bar, Paris Health New Direction, at 7 p.m.Read all about John in Nancy…See More
Nov 17, 2015
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Astoria Characters: The Two Who Aren't One

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Richard, left, and Manny are identical twins.The guy behind the desk gets up to answer the phone. In the blink of an eye, he's back. But wait a second. He's wearing a black shirt. When he left, it was blue. How did he do that?Read all about it in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog, "Astoria Characters: The Two Who Aren't One.See More
Nov 10, 2015
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Astoria Characters: The Life Listener

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingJavi in his shop, HiFi Records & Cafe.There are parts of his past that are sad, so William Javier Velazquez does what he has been doing his entire life to ease the pain. He puts a record on the turntable.Read all about Javi in Nancy Ruhling's Huffington Post blog,…See More
Nov 3, 2015
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Astoria Characters: The Guys Who Grow Glass Gardens

Photo by Nancy A. RuhlingGilberto, left, and Onesis at Crystal Gardens.Onesis Castillo arrives carefully carrying a cactus, and Gilberto Gonzalez holds open the plate-glass door of  Crystal Gardens to let him in.Read all about…See More
Oct 27, 2015

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Astoria Characters: The 5-Bark Barista

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Lola waiting at Chateau le Woof for her boyfriend.

There's a parade of pooches prancing into Chateau le Woof. That's fine with Natassa Contini who designed it to go to the dogs…

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Posted on February 9, 2016 at 6:34am

Astoria Characters: The Ex-Cop on the Legal Beat

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Phill is a bankruptcy lawyer.

Bankruptcy is not as bad as you think. Before you dismiss this seemingly novel idea, give Phill Mahony a chance to explain it to you.

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Posted on February 2, 2016 at 12:36pm

Astoria Characters: The Head Wigmaker

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Ralf is a custom wigmaker; he did The Donald.

Raffaele Mollica is standing at the worktable in his basement studio with a half dozen tiny tissue-paper…

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Posted on January 26, 2016 at 6:37am

Astoria Characters: The New Father

Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling

Kyle and 6-month-old Cove.

Kyle Marshall is still new at this father stuff, and he wants to make sure he's doing a good job.

Read all about Kyle in…

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Posted on January 19, 2016 at 6:26am

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