25 Jun 2017

The Pfister and I are Getting Serious

Have you run into me yet? I’m burrowing deeper into this narrator role and already finding a few favorite haunts and pasttimes at the Pfister. I’m likely to be found in one of these spots: – Clutching a snack mix trio in the lobby, not sharing well with others, slathering my breath in garlic right […]

22 Jun 2017

When You Know, You Know

If you’re married, chances are there was a Before and an After for you, when the gradual movement towards a wedding suddenly felt inevitable. Before that moment, or that conversation, or that subtle turning of your heart, you weren’t sure if this relationship was any different than the others before it had been. After this […]

14 Jun 2017

Creativity Comes in the Morning

This morning, I return to these things: bacon, eggs, smoky coffee. The ting of fork on plate. The warming mid-morning light.   I’m sitting by myself to soak up the quiet in the café, but two tables over, Carol beams. She exudes a calm joy that I need this morning. A jewelry designer, she proudly […]

10 Jun 2017

What to Do When Your Kids Grow Up and Move Out, according to Jeff and Lisa

1. Head out to celebrate your 27th wedding anniversary. 27 years, while just the beginning for you two, is such a hard-won, precious accomplishment.   2. Run into the Pfister with your sister and niece to pick up a gift card for a friend and have so much fun that you decide to just stay […]

9 Jun 2017

A Tintype Reveals

A few days ago, Margaret Muza took my tintype at her gorgeous studio in the Pfister lobby. The intricate chemical and photographic process she uses is a tale for another post—I’ve never seen anything like it, and the whole thing is truly fascinating. Something I wasn’t expecting, though, is the surreal moment Margaret places the […]

3 Jun 2017


Until today, all my four-year-old sons Oliver and Milo had seen of the Pfister was the restroom outside the cafe. I’d had to drop off some materials while I was in the midst of applying to be the next Narrator, and the plan was that I’d just run in quickly while my husband waited in […]