22 Oct 2017

A Mother’s Strength

A Mother’s Strength

I’ve never been stronger than I am as a mother. The days my children were born, in the throes of pain so horrible I have a new understanding of the word “despair”, I found strength, like all mothers do, to separate my children from myself. And I allow them to separate from me more each […]

17 Oct 2017

Literature Should Always Come With a Side of Edible Gold: The Pfister Book Club Meets Again

Literature Should Always Come With a Side of Edible Gold: The Pfister Book Club Meets Again

I left the Pfister Book Club October meeting last week a little giddy.  Not because we all loved the month’s book, Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss, so much (spoiler: overall, it confused more than thrilled us) but precisely because even for a dense, perplexing book, 40 of you showed up.  The fact that so many of you […]

11 Oct 2017

Curioser and Curioser– A Mad Hatter Tea Party

Curioser and Curioser– A Mad Hatter Tea Party

  If you’ve at times believed six impossible things before breakfast, or know that in some ways we’re all mad, or have ever been late for a very important date, or if you’re a darling little girl twirling in a tulle dress that sparkles just so, or a group of friends who love wearing dashing […]

8 Oct 2017

Companions

Companions

When Paige volunteered in South Korea, she’d pass a dog meat farm everyday. A new crop of dogs had been spray painted each morning with haphazard X’s, marking their kill day. Even after she returned home, those X’s never left Paige. They blurred behind her eyes in quiet moments. They followed her to her new […]

1 Oct 2017

Doors Open at the Pfister

Doors Open at the Pfister

Doors Open Milwaukee was last weekend, a chance to explore behind-the-scenes of more than 150 buildings throughout the city. Peter Mortensen, Chief Concierge and Historian at the Pfister, gave the presentation at Doors Open. Peter has worked here for 31 years, and he’s a treasure. Something I particularly love about Peter is his extensive vocabulary—it’s […]

27 Sep 2017

(Impressions.)

(Impressions.)

When I first meet Christine, shyness seems to peek out of the corners of her words. I expect I’ll need to coax her out of her shell of timidity. But I’m mistaken.  I realize that if I look at Christine indirectly, through the eyes of her aunt Donna, I’ll see her more clearly. Christine just […]