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 […]

30 Jun 2017

We Told Too Many People!

We Told Too Many People!

Kris is lamenting a traffic jam in paradise. She and her husband recently drove Maui’s Road to Hana, which is 64 miles of hairpin turns around a cliff edge. If someone is barreling the other way or if you just aren’t entirely comfortable maneuvering a rental car over a harrowing, razor-thin one-way road, you stand […]

25 Jun 2017

The Pfister and I are Getting Serious

The Pfister and I are Getting Serious

Have you run into me yet? I’m burrowing deeper into this narrator role and already finding a few favorite haunts and pasttimes at the Pfister. I’m likely to be found in one of these spots: – Clutching a snack mix trio in the lobby, not sharing well with others, slathering my breath in garlic right […]