9 Nov 2017

What are You Afraid of and Intrigued by at the Same Time?

What are You Afraid of and Intrigued by at the Same Time?

As I opened each folded slip of paper that had been tucked into the “Promptly Yours” box on the narrator desk in the lobby, the answers resonated with me.  As I felt hum after hum of “me too”, I realized I could have written many of them myself. I’d asked this question: What are you […]

4 Nov 2017

Our High-Spirited Hearth

Our High-Spirited Hearth

I had planned to write a different post this afternoon, but the Pfister had other ideas. November in Milwaukee is orange turning brown.  It is cloudy skies and a dull chill in the air. Today I’m pretending winter isn’t edging closer so my coat isn’t warm enough. I expect the lobby to be quiet and […]

1 Nov 2017

The World Ever Wider

The World Ever Wider

When Rachael was a small girl, going over hills in the car was her favorite thrill. She loved the plunge, like a flock of tiny birds suddenly swooping in her stomach. Her grandmother would take her for drives, searching out hills to make into rollercoasters, and they’d laugh together. Even now, when Rachael is driving […]

26 Oct 2017

Her Lens Has Become a Voice

Her Lens Has Become a Voice

The grayed-out ghost of the Great Barrier Reef haunts her, as do the vast mountains of floating plastic that will outlive us all, and the fish gnawing on the plastic’s toxicity right before we gobble the fish. She thinks about the trash that can never decompose because we can’t be troubled to compost, and the […]

22 Oct 2017

A Mother’s Strength

A Mother’s Strength

I’ve never been stronger than I am as a mother. The days my children were born, in the throes of pain so horrible I have a new understanding of the word “despair”, I found strength, like all mothers do, to separate my children from myself. And I allow them to separate from me more each […]

20 Oct 2017

A Mischievous Man | Ashley Cobert | Senior PR Counselor, Bader Rutter

A Mischievous Man | Ashley Cobert | Senior PR Counselor, Bader Rutter

Friday, Oct. 13 is gloomy in Milwaukee. Besides a moment of sunshine peeking through clouds around noon, we haven’t felt the warmth of the sun’s rays in a few days. Taking reprieve from the gray day, I step into The Pfister, where I’ll spend the next couple hours observing. You see, I’m the guest narrator […]