6 May 2018

Better Things to Report

Better Things to Report

When six year old Ellie, who lives in Saint Joseph, Michigan, visited the Pfister with her family a few weeks ago, she noticed a box I’d posted on the lobby staircase with a question: If time, money, and fear were no object, what would you finally get around to doing? Ellie dictated her response to […]

4 May 2018

If time, money, and fear were no object…

If time, money, and fear were no object…

Every few months, I’ve posted a new question to the “Promptly Yours” box at the Narrator desk on the lobby staircase. This month, the box was crammed full with responses, far more than I’ve seen before. The question? “If time, money, and fear were no object, what would you finally get around to doing?” Maybe […]

29 Apr 2018

In and Out

In and Out

In comes a large man in a salmon-colored hoodie, pushing a stroller teeming with an explosion of baby clothes…without a baby. Out goes a blonde woman speaking to her friend in Russian. She is carrying a bouquet of yellow orchids that seem to cringe as the cold air blasts them. Out goes a boy with […]

26 Apr 2018

Like Rare Birds

Like Rare Birds

Entering the Grand Ballroom today feels like entering a secret world, a riot of beads and color, a world I’d never spent any time thinking about before now but so suddenly seductive that I’ve been mesmerized, watching dance after dance, before I remember to find a seat. The women are brightly plumed and preening. They […]

22 Apr 2018

The Pfister Book Club Celebrates April in Paris

The Pfister Book Club Celebrates April in Paris

Though Milwaukee was still appallingly wintery this week, the Pfister Book Club set our minds on lovelier locales with an “April in Paris” themed meeting. We discussed The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, a novel about a Parisian bookseller who has the gift of “transperception”, meaning he can see deeply into his customer’s emotions […]

19 Apr 2018

For Mother’s Day

For Mother’s Day

We are four generations of Sues: Sue Darling, my grandmother, Toni Sue, my mother, Nicole Sue, myself as mother now, and Flora Sue, my baby girl. Sue isn’t the loveliest name, but it shines for me because of the beloved, sassy, unswerving women who share it. Since I was a little girl who adored my […]