"Nature is the artist," says Matthew McCann.
"All I do is select."
The 42-year-old koi farm manager and breeder is being unduly modest.
Niger Ali is writing a script for a kids' TV show.
"The basis of everything," the Freedom Prep High School freshman explains, "is physics."
Nyeema C. Watson was raised at 34th and Mitchell in East Camden, two blocks from a drug corner and 30 blocks from her future.
A sculpture in memory of a girl who loved to read has been removed from storage, reconfigured, and installed in front of the Cherry Hill Public Library.
When Cape May County's LGBT organization was asked to sponsor a needleworking group, Craig van Baal was reluctant.
"He said it might perpetuate a stereotype - a bunch of queens sitting around knitting," recalls fiber artist Francesca Geores.
'This is a raisin seeder," says Don Wallace, a.k.a. the Tool Man.
"The seeds in raisins used to be bigger than they are now, and this" - a hand-cranked kitchen press made of cast iron - "would squeeze them out for you."
'Here's my novel. It's a sci-fi thriller," Cyd Webster Beacham says, handing me another book.
I'm impressed. Beacham, an IT consultant who taught herself to write fiction and began self-publishing a decade ago, certainly has been busy.
Kevin Riordan is the Inquirer's South Jersey columnist. He’s been a journalist for nearly 40 years.