The Key to Telling a Good Story, or The Night Jeff Daniels Killed it on Guitar and Gave Me Chekhovian Wisdom
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The Key to Telling a Good Story, or The Night Jeff Daniels Killed it on Guitar and Gave Me Chekhovian Wisdom

There is a debate that I’m having with my thirteen-year-old daughter Dorothea about whether or not Jeff Daniels wanted to talk to me. She maintains that he had no interest in spending any time with me. I, on the other hand, contend that the star of stage and screen was charming, gracious and open to […]

I’ve Found It…The Happiest Place on Earth
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I’ve Found It…The Happiest Place on Earth

I’m not sure how to accurately capture the excitement that I’m feeling about spending this season at the Pfister Hotel as its in-house writer. Walking into the hotel today, the day that I finally feel I can officially embrace the full holiday season while I’m still digesting ten thousand calories worth of turkey and pie, […]

Thirteen Going On Winner
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Thirteen Going On Winner

My thirteen-year-old daughter recently recounted a story for me about a disruption at her school involving a classmate that required administrators to respond to a sort of “Code Red” emergency. Weighing life’s major moments of civil unrest, this one sounded fairly tame on the terror threat scale, but it still landed hard as a story […]

The Greatest American
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The Greatest American

A Republican presidential candidate rushed swiftly past me in the Pfister lobby today as I was writing and nearly stepped on my shoes. Politics became really personal for me today. I mean I’m pretty concerned about the shine on my shoes, you know. Today, the Republican National Committee organized a ball at the Pfister in […]

Let’s Hear It for the Loud Mouths
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Let’s Hear It for the Loud Mouths

I would like to write in praise of loud mouths. And in particular, those that found the time and guts to come to the Pfister recently to sing with gusto. Brava, bravi, tutti, toi toi, and just a basic plan old nice job all you highly tuned loud mouths. The Milwaukee Opera Theatre recently held […]

The Only Problem Is That the Water Cooler Might Be Used to Wash a Brush or Two
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The Only Problem Is That the Water Cooler Might Be Used to Wash a Brush or Two

How many times have you looked at a piece of art hanging on the wall and said, “My kid can do that?” And how many times have you taken brush in hand to find out that kids are cute, but making art isn’t for the feint of heart. It’s with this sense of awe for […]

Breath of Fresh Biz
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Breath of Fresh Biz

Spearmint or arctic blast—take your pick. The future looks good, and boy, oh boy does it have fresh breath. The MMAC (that’s Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce for all you non-commercial folk) held its Future 50 Awards Luncheon at the Pfister last week with a jam-packed affair in the Pfister’s Grand Ballroom. The innovators, the […]