22 May 2018

New Chapter: The Eleventh Narrator Begins

New Chapter: The Eleventh Narrator Begins

I approach my very first blog post as the eleventh Pfister Narrator with a potent mix of over-the-top enthusiasm and not an insignificant amount of nervousness. I am honored to follow in the footsteps of ten outstanding Narrators and excited to offer my voice to the collection of artifacts which document the events of The […]

14 May 2018

A Grateful Goodbye

A Grateful Goodbye

What’ll we do with ourselves this afternoon?  And the day after that, and the next thirty years? -F. Scott Fitzgerald People tend to have strong opinions about The Great Gatsby.  They utterly adore it or they can’t fathom what all the fuss is about.  Readers of both minds flocked to the Pfister this week for […]

10 May 2018

Step by Step: The Eleventh Pfister Narrator is Anna Lardinois

Step by Step: The Eleventh Pfister Narrator is Anna Lardinois

When she turned 40, Anna Lardinois made a pact with herself that would change everything: she would do one brave thing every day.  One of those adventurous days found her leaving her career as an English teacher.  Another felt like the right day to begin leading walking tours throughout Milwaukee, and she found it surprisingly satisfying […]

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 […]