15 Dec 2017

All Aboard the Polar Express!

All Aboard the Polar Express!

You’re snuggled deep in your bed, the soft ticking of your clock the only sound.  When the train pulls up in front of your house with a hiss of steam and screeching brakes, at first you think it must be a dream.  But then the booming voice of the Conductor calls your name, and invites […]

13 Dec 2017

Wise and Constant Friends

Wise and Constant Friends

“Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” -Charles William Eliot Long before I dreamt up the Pfister Book Club, these ladies began meeting at the Pfister to discuss books. Four years ago Tricia, no stranger to book clubs, […]

7 Dec 2017

A Funeral for the Living

A Funeral for the Living

Tim wants to attend his own funeral while he’s still living. At 64 years old, he has no plans to die anytime soon, but he doesn’t want to take the gamble that we’ll still have the ability to listen in on earthly conversations after we die, and he finds it ridiculous that we wait until […]

1 Dec 2017

Fancy Fridays

Fancy Fridays

Thaddeus, age 4, is the dapper host of something special called “Fancy Fridays”. What makes Fancy Fridays fancy is a few things: 1. CANDLES.  You light a candle and then turn the dimmer part of the light switch down lower, and the dining room gets darker, but not too dark so you can still see […]

29 Nov 2017

The Pfister’s Tree Lighting, Where Santa was Both Magical and Responsible

The Pfister’s Tree Lighting, Where Santa was Both Magical and Responsible

I’d expected the Pfister tree lighting to be a popular event, but was completely unprepared for the throngs of people. So many families crowded the lobby, excited to officially greet the Christmas season. Everyone was eagerly awaiting two things: the arrival of Santa, and his countdown to the lighting of that giant, beautiful tree, this […]

23 Nov 2017

Happy Thanksgiving, from the Pfister’s Table to Yours

Happy Thanksgiving, from the Pfister’s Table to Yours

For the last six years, since I married a man who breathes gratitude as naturally as air, I’ve been intentionally working on being more thankful. To be truly thankful requires many of the same skills  necessary to be a writer, after all.  Pause. Observe both the subtle, fleeting things around you and the obvious, steady […]