The Man Who Has His Way With Words

Words, words, words. When they flow from Ron Kolm‘s mouth, they are not so much a stream of consciousness as a river of remembrance. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Ron — poet, editor, activist and bookseller. They twist and turn with the tides of time, swirling and rippling through the nearly seven decades of his life before he can stop them. There have been many words used to describe Ron, but poet, editor, activist and bookseller are the ones that will have to suffice. Ron, a ginger-haired giant with golden goggle glasses who grew up in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, learned some&…

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The Passionate Potter

Ellen Evans climbs the three flights of stairs to Terrafirma, her pottery studio, balancing four cups of steaming coffee and a brown paper bag of doughnuts. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Ellen opened the Terrafirma pottery in 1980. As she has done every day for the last dozen years, Ellen, a woman of slight stature and sturdy hands, unlocks the metal gate and rolls it up like a window shade, revealing the 5,000-square-foot work space that has come to be her second home. It is not a pretty place. For this, Ellen makes no apology. Pottery molds are stacked on…

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The Yoga Singer

Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the one and only Brian Golub. He can talk like a real trooper (in a BBC British, Cockney, East Asian, French, Irish, Italian, New York, Russian, Scottish, Southern or Spanish accent). He can swim like a swan (butterfly, breaststroke or freestyle, your choice). He can juggle like a circus clown (yes, he does do schedules, too). And he can balance like an acrobat (time him holding tree pose, flying crow or full lotus handstand). Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Brian’s a …

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The Newlywed Who Lost Her Diamond Ring

The afternoon of December 6, 2013 was cold and rainy. Victoria Hoffman was only going to take her 12-year-old Bichon Frisé, a snowy powder puff called Mimi, around the block. She put her 1.39-carat diamond wedding ring on her finger, grabbed her umbrella and walked out the door without gloves or a care in the world. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling. Victoria and her wedding ring were soon parted. What did she have to worry about? She had just married the longtime love of her life, Scott, and every time she looked at her ring, it made her feel close…

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