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Astoria Characters: The Woman Who Sees the Good in Everything

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 08.03.2016 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Unfurling her collapsible cane, Cynthia Groopman strides toward the door of her room. Once she's in the hallway, she feels around the lock with her fingers until she "sees" the slot for the key.

Astoria Characters: The Soloist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.21.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Why? Even for Yomar Ramirez, who is an introspective woman, it's not always easy to come up with a simple, satisfying answer. Sometimes it's better to shrug and go on, which is what she does.

Astoria Characters: The Sister Act

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

"Everybody says we look alike," says Francine Amendola. "But our mother says we don't," adds her sister, Laraine Amendola.

A Life-Long Republican Goes Blue

Eric Morse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Eric Morse

After choosing the Republican candidate for 50 years, my mother has decided to change her ways this election. She thinks Obama has the answers we're looking for.