The Four Funny Faces

I saw it under the light of the streetlamp outside my house. Something — or someone — was staring at me. As I walked to the front gate, I realized that it wasn’t one face but four that were peering out at me. One was smiling, one was frowning, one was mouthing off, and one was gleefully sticking out its tongue. Like many of the houses in my neighborhood, mine has a wall out front. When I moved in, the wall was falling down, raining bricks on the sidewalk as people passed by. I tore it down and put up…

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The Metal Tamer

The freight elevator in the century-old factory building is in use. But the stairs are free, so Bernard Klevickas, clutching a paper coffee cup, begins the trek to the fifth floor at the top. As he climbs the tired cement steps, the acid scent of industrial chemicals follows him. “It’s messy,” he says as he opens the door. “I tried to clean it up, but…” Messy is a pretty lame description for the way his 900-square-foot art studio looks, but that’s OK. Bernard is an artist, not a writer. He gives form to sheet metal not sentences. Photo …

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The Wheelchair Gardener

The sun is shouting hot as Kaman Fong dons the straw hat she’s kept folded in her pocket. Kaman is one of 120 people who have plots behind the black-thumb chain-link fence at Two Coves Community Garden. It’s only 10:30, yet she’s been tending her fruits, vegetables and herbs since the first light of day. This season, she planted strawberries, sweet yams, mint, corn, spinach, tomatoes, lettuce and a couple of sunflowers. She puts the hose down, and satisfied that her garden is growing well, heads for the community garden in the center of the space, where she’ll …

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