16 Nov 2017

The Lights are Still On: An Unlikely Story of a Slow Company with a Big Heart

The Lights are Still On: An Unlikely Story of a Slow Company with a Big Heart

When Steve Wallace wandered into Margaret Muza’s studio, it felt like serendipity to all three of us. There’s a brief window every week when Margaret and I wait for a guest to stroll in, and whoever they may be, we ask if they’d be willing to get their portrait taken and share a piece of […]

11 Nov 2017

The Pfister Book Club Takes Over the Rouge with a Discussion of Bel Canto

The Pfister Book Club Takes Over the Rouge with a Discussion of Bel Canto

  The Pfister Mezzanine was a wonderful place to hold our book club, but it pales in comparison, of course, to a bonafide ballroom. This week, our Pfister Book Club met in the Rouge for the first time, and the ballroom opened its elegant arms to us and our books. We saw our largest crowd […]

9 Nov 2017

What are You Afraid of and Intrigued by at the Same Time?

What are You Afraid of and Intrigued by at the Same Time?

As I opened each folded slip of paper that had been tucked into the “Promptly Yours” box on the narrator desk in the lobby, the answers resonated with me.  As I felt hum after hum of “me too”, I realized I could have written many of them myself. I’d asked this question: What are you […]

4 Nov 2017

Our High-Spirited Hearth

Our High-Spirited Hearth

I had planned to write a different post this afternoon, but the Pfister had other ideas. November in Milwaukee is orange turning brown.  It is cloudy skies and a dull chill in the air. Today I’m pretending winter isn’t edging closer so my coat isn’t warm enough. I expect the lobby to be quiet and […]

1 Nov 2017

The World Ever Wider

The World Ever Wider

When Rachael was a small girl, going over hills in the car was her favorite thrill. She loved the plunge, like a flock of tiny birds suddenly swooping in her stomach. Her grandmother would take her for drives, searching out hills to make into rollercoasters, and they’d laugh together. Even now, when Rachael is driving […]

26 Oct 2017

Her Lens Has Become a Voice

Her Lens Has Become a Voice

The grayed-out ghost of the Great Barrier Reef haunts her, as do the vast mountains of floating plastic that will outlive us all, and the fish gnawing on the plastic’s toxicity right before we gobble the fish. She thinks about the trash that can never decompose because we can’t be troubled to compost, and the […]