21 Apr 2012

The Secret

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  A young girl tells her grandfather she’s learning to write.   She explains the yellow pencils and blue lined paper   She tells him she’s learned how to write her name.   “Well that’s magnificent!” he exclaims, “I’d love to read your handwriting. Will you write something for me?”     She shakes her […]

19 Apr 2012

Patronage and the Everyman

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  The Medici Family were bankers from Tuscany, Italy. Their initial family monies were made in the textile industry and they were influential in developing the double entry bookkeeping system. During the renaissance they owned Europe’s largest bank. I’m sure their advances in bookkeeping are fascinating but that is not generally why the Medici name has […]

16 Apr 2012

Service Regardless of the Situation

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  Picture this: You work at a hotel. A man checks in to the hotel with arms in plaster casts sticking straight out from his body. Later in the day the man calls down to your desk and explains that he’s not certain how to get himself dressed for the day. What do you do? […]

12 Apr 2012

Travel By Association ~ or ~ Travel Lite

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  Travelers. Travelers everywhere. Transient folks of every stripe walking, running, sitting, working, swimming, eating. Carrying luggage. Grabbing a cup of coffee. Adding sugar to their tea. En route toward somewhere. Arriving from someplace else. Ah, airports. All of humanity distilled to a small area becoming a sudden, immediate culture. Unique and specific to that […]

10 Apr 2012

Generations Dance

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  The Pfister specializes in weddings. They seem to happen here every weekend, sometimes a few concurrently. Here’s a poem about something we’ve all seen at weddings: The Generations Dance. You know, the one where all the married couples get up and gradually leave as the number of years they’ve been married are ticked away […]

10 Apr 2012

Part 2: The Talking Piano of Dr. Jeffrey Hollander

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  As mentioned in an earlier post I’ve put considerable thought toward how to chronicle Jeff, his playing, and more specifically his playing at the Pfister Hotel. There are several occasions when I’ve left the hotel and driven home in silence because after hearing him at the piano anything on the radio sounded like a […]