Astoria Characters: The Singer and the Guitar Player

She’s a singer, and he’s a guitarist. They met while he was playing a gig, but it was a cord instead of a chord that brought them together. Micah’s a guitarist. Jane Burgess was a junior in high school when her brother, a pianist studying at West Virginia University, invited the family to one of his performances. He told her to arrive early, saying that he thought she would like the guitar player, a high school senior named Micah Burgess. She met him, she liked him, and she…

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Astoria Characters: The Red-Headed Woman With the Little Black Dog

It’s time for a walk. In addition to a leash, Susan Joy Rippberger grabs a canvas travel case. She puts her little black dog inside it and heads out the door. Tiburcia, or Tibu for short, is Susan’s constant companion. The 7-year-old-dog, a Yorkie/ Chihuahua mix, is the size of the squirrels she chases. Tibu, whose Spanish name means “the place of the pleasures,” goes to work with Susan (up until recently, she had a position with a school in Brooklyn). Tibu goes to…

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Astoria Characters: The Anthropomorphic Artist

Four-year-old Violet won’t eat her waffle. She’s sitting at the kitchen table staring at it like it’s going to bite her first. She escapes to the living room, searching for the remote, which as it turns out, was right next to that dreaded waffle all the time. Sixteen-month-old Ezra, who has finished his breakfast, thank you very much, is blowing big-boy kisses from his highchair. A baby-second later, his face crumples, and he’s crying like a crocodile. Jake Genen, their father,…

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