The Head Wigmaker

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. He opens one and plucks a pigtail from it, holding it up to the light of the clamp-on construction lamp. From these lustrous tresses, Raffaele, the Stradivari of wigmakers, will weave a hairpiece that looks so natural that nobody, not even God, bless him, will know the difference. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling The wigmaker Raffaele. “What I do is like intricate artwork,” says Raffaele, a power bar who shoots words out of his mouth like&…

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The Winter’s Tale (of 3 Turtles)

Technically, our tale 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. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling The koi pond on Ditmars Boulevard at 28th Street. It was June or July when Ben Tostado and Christian Kolarz saw a turtle sunning itself on the stones surrounding the koi pond they built at the street-side corner of their front yard on Ditmars Boulevard. The pond, set up three years ago, is something of a neighborhood attraction, and they are used&…

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The Creativity Coach

If you don’t know that Susan Weiman is creative, all you have to do is look at her living room. Photo by Nancy A. Ruhling Susan is a curator of clutter. The coffee table is a lemon-yellow ironing board, the mirror is framed by fluffy feathers, and the desk, filled with …

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