27 Jan 2018

Recognition

Recognition

At age six, David told his two best friends that he was adopted. He revealed this news with great pride and no idea that anyone would ever react negatively to such a fundamental truth of his life. He’d been adopted at seven days old by a loving couple who’d assured him that he was deeply […]

25 Jan 2018

Of Birthdays, Books, Cakes and Toasting to the Best Job in the World

Of Birthdays, Books, Cakes and Toasting to the Best Job in the World

I turned 35 today. My son guessed that I was now 73, so he was close. It was a delightful day, as days at the Pfister tend to be. I started with Eggs Benedict in the café. It’s one of the few meals where I’m never too full to enjoy every bite and then mop […]

14 Jan 2018

The Pfister Book Club Begins the New Year with New York

The Pfister Book Club Begins the New Year with New York

Lillian Boxfish is an 84 year old woman who spent her New Years Eve traipsing around New York City, reminiscing about her remarkable life and advertising career played out in the city she loved.  Our Pfister Book Club celebrated the threshold of a new year with the gumption-filled voice of Lillian Boxfish, a dessert fit […]

11 Jan 2018

Taste

Taste

  In the watery cool of spring, she seeks morels deep in the woods. In the fall, she forages mushrooms with jaunty names, Hen of the Woods. She will prepare and serve up the forest as a savory mushroom stroganoff. For many years as a girl Food was her enemy. As she warred against it, […]

7 Jan 2018

Just Two Kids in Love: How to Stay Married

Just Two Kids in Love: How to Stay Married

When they were 15, Gene and Loren were classmates at the single high school in their county. They often crossed paths in the same “smart kid classes”.  In what was likely the only time studious Loren didn’t complete her homework, she asked Gene to tell her the answer to a question about A Separate Peace. […]

2 Jan 2018

Rumbling Thru

Rumbling Thru

They thundered through the tiny town in southern Illinois, riding several wide and making the pavement thrum with power. He was five years old. When the line of motorcycles rumbled past his house, he ran outside to stand on the front lawn and watch them pass. All the neighbors were doing the same thing; it […]