6 Jul 2014

How Young Paul Got His Name

How Young Paul Got His Name

One day I plop down on the couch near a woman and her family because they look like they are having a riotous conversation and I want in. The woman is having tea with her former boss and her children. She cackles at my idea of him as the father of her children. “He’s actually […]

2 Jul 2014

We Are The Larvae Eaters

We Are The Larvae Eaters

“Next year we we’ll have 120 pounds of honey coming outta the two hives, rx ” says Brian Frakes, Pfister head chef and as of this year, beekeeper. He takes me up to the roof; where 24 stories above the ground the bees await their sugar water refill. He lights the burlap in his smoker and […]

29 Jun 2014

The Godfathers

The first time I ever went into the Pfister was when my godfathers (I have two) spontaneously invited me for a hamburger in the café. I didn’t know regular people from the local population could do that sort of thing, and I was nervous to be dining at an establishment I assumed (wrongly!) was designed […]

26 Jun 2014

For You, For You, I Skitter-Skatter In The Dark

For You, For You, I Skitter-Skatter In The Dark

At my desk I get a good view of the lobby flowers that get changed regularly. Two weeks ago they were a purple irises. Back in the day there used to be a whole courtship code that was communicated by flower arrangements. If a suitor gave me a bouquet of purple irises one hundred or […]

12 Jun 2014

Without Getting Even Slightly Frazzled

Without Getting Even Slightly Frazzled

Dr. Hollander likes to talk and play at the same time. This afternoon he invites me to pull up a chair and keep him company.   He hasn’t any sheet music with him but there’s no song he can’t play on the lobby piano. Aware of this, I ask him to play “when the red, red […]

5 Jun 2014

They Seem Very Busy

They Seem Very Busy

The woman does not want to be identified. The woman can make you an iced coffee. The woman frequently makes me an earl grey with a side of questions concerning Harry Potter.   She first read Harry Potter as a high school student back in her homeland, viagra the third major island of the Philippines’ […]