10 Apr 2012

Generations Dance

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  The Pfister specializes in weddings. They seem to happen here every weekend, sometimes a few concurrently. Here’s a poem about something we’ve all seen at weddings: The Generations Dance. You know, the one where all the married couples get up and gradually leave as the number of years they’ve been married are ticked away […]

10 Apr 2012

Part 2: The Talking Piano of Dr. Jeffrey Hollander

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  As mentioned in an earlier post I’ve put considerable thought toward how to chronicle Jeff, his playing, and more specifically his playing at the Pfister Hotel. There are several occasions when I’ve left the hotel and driven home in silence because after hearing him at the piano anything on the radio sounded like a […]

7 Apr 2012

A Wild Conversation On Wisconsin Avenue

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  As I mentioned in an earlier blog post I was able to see Wild Institute founder Chris Heeter speak during UW-Milwaukee’s Women Leaders Conference. Chris’ speech struck a chord with me on many levels and I knew I couldn’t pass up an opportunity to document a few of her philosophies for the blog. Assuming […]

5 Apr 2012

Listening to Dr. Jeffrey Hollander- Part 1

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  This is the one I’ve avoided writing. The elephant in my room. The profile I’ve put off for five months while I watched and listened quietly in the background, leaning against a column with my arms crossed wondering how it happens and how to write about it. Every time I’ve listened to Dr. Jeffrey […]

27 Mar 2012

Cup of Joe with Joe

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“French doors.” That was the first thing out of his mouth when I mentioned I’d been shopping for a house. “French doors can brighten up any space. If there is no doorway, build a doorway. Anything can be done. Of course, it’s easier if a house is exactly how you want it when you first […]

22 Mar 2012

Getting to know Chef Brian Frakes

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The Pfister has received countless compliments on their Marcus Celebrated Chefs series. Many of the compliments centered around the hotel’s Executive Chef Brian Frakes. People talked about how generous he was with his knowledge and always sent them home with extra food. Guests went home energized with new ideas of how to invigorate their home […]