28 Apr 2017

A Narrator’s Farewell Part I: The Early Months

A Narrator’s Farewell Part I: The Early Months

Dear Readers– The past year has taken me places I could never have expected, which was exactly what I had in mind when I decided to quit teaching English last June after 22 years.  I knew that my dedication to my profession would preclude devoting serious time to any new pursuits or new projects, whatever […]

26 Apr 2017

A Narrator’s Farewell Part II: Humans of The Pfister

A Narrator’s Farewell Part II: Humans of The Pfister

After the first couple of months of storytelling, I remember sitting in the Lobby Lounge for two hours one day–and not interviewing a soul.  I sketched the lobby, the bar, some patrons, the piano, some wine glasses, but everyone that day seemed too wrapped up in each other.  It seemed that no one would want […]

5 Apr 2017

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | APRIL 2017 | April Fools edition | “The Least Funniest Person”

HUMANS OF THE PFISTER | APRIL 2017 | April Fools edition | “The Least Funniest Person”

I’m not very good at telling jokes.  I always mess them up or have to think too hard.  Because of this, my mom says I’m the least funniest person in our family.  She’s disgusted with how unfunny she thinks I am.  She even puts us in order: “Your brother Thomas is first, then your brother […]

5 Apr 2017

From Abstracts to Tintypes: Passing the Brush to Margaret Muza

From Abstracts to Tintypes: Passing the Brush to Margaret Muza

On March 24, Pamela Anderson revealed her collection of art produced during her residency at The Pfister.  The Pop-Up Gallery was alive with color and conversation before the pièce de résistance, the unveiling of her Legacy piece, which will soon grace the hallway next to the legacies of the former AIRs: Reginald Baylor, Katie Musolff, Shelby […]

15 Mar 2017

A Room With a View: Afternoon Tea at Blu (Finally!)

A Room With a View: Afternoon Tea at Blu (Finally!)

(Suggestion: Play while reading.) It is no wonder that Blu has been named the Best Hotel Bar in Milwaukee by OnMilwaukee.com.  But it’s not only their thirst-quenching selection of premium cocktails that earned them this billing–or their stunning views of downtown and Lake Michigan, or their bookings of some of the hottest jazz and other […]

27 Feb 2017

PLUME SERVICE 4.0 | February 22, 2017 | Victorian Paintings Gone Wild (Warning: NSFW…just kidding…come on…they’re paintings!)

PLUME SERVICE 4.0 | February 22, 2017 | Victorian Paintings Gone Wild (Warning: NSFW…just kidding…come on…they’re paintings!)

Before we get to the results of the fourth Plume Service writing workshop, let me just say: This is not what I had planned!  It’s not important what I was going to have the writers’ focus be; what’s important is that we decided to begin by brainstorming a list of different genres and formats with which […]