Six Words, Six Years


Tintypes by Margaret Muza

It was snowing that night. You can understand that recently out of a long marriage, she didn’t want to go to the Christmas party. Starting over isn’t merriment; it’s lonely, terrifying.

But she spoke to herself with resolve. You have to get out in the world now, by yourself.

That is how she came to be walking into her friend’s kitchen at the same time he did.

And that was six years ago.
She says now that her six word memoir would be I met him in the kitchen.

We call each other “sweethearts”.

This is a bird’s eye view of their home most nights:

A large couch, mostly empty,
because they are curled together
in one small corner,
watching public television
and holding hands.

It is just so fun, at this age, to be sitting around holding hands with someone.
This is underscored with grateful tears.


A behind-the-scenes look at Margaret Muza taking a tintype photograph.

You can schedule a tintype photography session with Margaret Muza, Pfister Hotel’s current Artist in Residence, by emailing her at

Author: Nicole Mattke

Nicole Mattke looks to bring a vibrant literary culture to the historic Pfister hotel through a variety of activities. As the 10th Pfister Narrator, she will host seasonal mini-events with book themes, a modern take on a monthly book club and provide story prompts for guests and the entire community. She will share these, and all of her Pfister experiences, through blog entries over the course of a year. As a published and award-winning author, Mattke has presented her work at various events throughout the community. Her talents lie in creating stunning pieces of writing that reveal the beauty in daily life. A busy mother of two sets of twins, Mattke finds time to write in a variety of genres as well as contribute to blogs. Mattke was chosen to serve as the hotel’s tenth narrator-in-residence based on her excellent writing and vision for the role. She succeeds Dominic Inouye, who served as the ninth Pfister Narrator.