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Astoria Characters: The Chief of Staff

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 02.23.2014 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

It's hard for Samantha Darche to keep a straight face. Every time she sees the camera, she cracks up. No matter what she does, she can't subpoena her solemn face.

Astoria Characters: The Crownless Queen

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.18.2013 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Gold-hearted, bold and bodacious, Crystal is a warrior woman who wears her punked Medusa curls like a victory crown. So powerful is her will to do good that it puts the sun into permanent shade.

Begging to Borrow

Lita Smith-Mines | Posted 03.23.2012 | New York
Lita Smith-Mines

Usually, stepping into the waiting room at this attorney's office felt like wiggling into too-small jeans. But, when I arrived recently, representing a client selling her home, I didn't need the 10 minutes I allotted to find a parking spot.

Astoria Characters: The Evolving Earth Mother

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 12.05.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"Welcome to Fairyland," says Maria L. Delgado. Maria does believe in fairies. Maria believes in a lot of other things, too: holistic medicine, organic foods, spirituality and mysteries.

America's Most Underrated Careers

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 11.19.2011 | Business

As the debate over job creation in America continues to heat up in Washington, turns out there are several careers worth taking a closer look at. ...