23 Jul 2017

A Love Story, in Reverse

A Love Story, in Reverse

Tonight, Russ and Julie are celebrating their first anniversary with an overnight stay at the Pfister. They play a version of the Newlywed Game in the café. They say that after waiting to get married years after most of their friends did and a decade after Russ’s twin brother, it was worth it. And that […]

20 Jul 2017

Ten Times the Marriage

Ten Times the Marriage

My grandparents recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary, while my husband and I just celebrated our 6th. Ten times the marriage. Children, so absorbed in their own little worlds, don’t realize that the adults they love had lives before them and outside of them. I’m awakening now as an adult to the reality that, like […]

16 Jul 2017

Six Words, Six Years

Six Words, Six Years

  It was snowing that night. You can understand that recently out of a long marriage, she didn’t want to go to the Christmas party. Starting over isn’t merriment; it’s lonely, terrifying. But she spoke to herself with resolve. You have to get out in the world now, by yourself. That is how she came […]

14 Jul 2017

One for the Books

One for the Books

Last night, 30 of us gathered together for the first ever Pfister book club. It felt like the start of something rich. There could not have been a place more perfectly suited to discussing Amor Towles’s A Gentleman in Moscow, which is completely set in a grand hotel, than the historic Pfister Mezzanine. We, like […]

8 Jul 2017

Local Charms

Local Charms

Too many Milwaukee natives are living right outside the Pfister’s famed red awning and miss out on the history, fun, grandeur, and amazing food, art, music and cocktails this place is packed with. Maybe we don’t think to stay in a hotel when our own bed is a few miles away, we mistakenly think Blu […]

2 Jul 2017

These Small Details

These Small Details

If a writer stops observing, he is finished. Experience is communicated by small details intimately observed. -Ernest Hemingway I think of Hemingway tonight, a larger-than-life character who penned such simple and astonishing sentences. I imagine him keenly observing the life happening around him in bars in Key West, Cuba and Paris. I sit at the […]