7 Mar 2018

Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride: One Lovely Choice After Another

Milwaukee’s Magnificent Bride: One Lovely Choice After Another

I planned our wedding seven years ago, before the flood of beauty, inspiration and comparison that are Pinterest and Instagram. Back then, wedding blogs were the main way to see what was out there in the realm of weddings, and I devoured so many of them that I killed my laptop. The brides I met […]

1 Mar 2018

The Cusp of Spring

The Cusp of Spring

Today is the first day of March.  Is that spring murmuring, or just our wishful thinking?  Beginning a new month feels hopeful, especially since March edges us closer to sunlight and to green. It’s only in the 40s today but I saw two men in the lobby wearing shorts, a sinewy teenager sporting a tank […]

25 Feb 2018

They Will Fall Asleep

They Will Fall Asleep

The couple derailed by the flu, who meant to celebrate this anniversary in Hawaii but are now well enough to stay here instead, this first place they spent the night as man and wife fifty years ago the man at the bar, bellowing how he woke up just this morning on the beach and tonight […]

22 Feb 2018

A Day to Remember the Chandeliers

A Day to Remember the Chandeliers

I adore chandeliers. I maintain that they belong in campers and bathrooms, nurseries and libraries. I don’t believe a chandelier can ever be “too much”. I extol their sparkle, their glamour, their unabashed opulence. I love being fancy for no good reason. Today was “Chandelier Cleaning Day” at the Pfister. I have no idea how […]

18 Feb 2018

Keys and Characters

Keys and Characters

  He sits down at the piano gently, like it’s a sure place of rest. He wears saddle shoes, polka dotted socks and a tartan vest. His stories skip like sprightly notes, zipping you along with them until you suddenly realize that in the past few minutes, he’s referred to eleven songs and their histories, […]

15 Feb 2018

The Things They Wore

The Things They Wore

A pair of skinny jeans on a pair of skinny legs, a rolled up comic book crammed in the front pocket. A white mustache, impeccably trimmed. A hard-sided rolling bag the color of bubblegum with a furry neck pillow buttoned around the handle. A red wool sheath dress with nude pumps, accessorized with a flute […]