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The Beginning

This is the first of three posts where I wrangle an unsuspecting Pfister guest into a short story project. Pt 1. – The Beginning (this one) Pt 2. – The Middle Pt 3. – The End Today, I asked for random details to shape the beginning of a story. Jeff / Milwaukee/ Writer & Producer […]

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Rock Star

“Let me tell you a story about the Colorado River…” The speaker is only a few minutes into her keynote address. From my seat at the back of the grand ballroom, I can barely see her diminutive frame on the dais. I’m sitting on a stray banquet chair between two elaborate exhibits for water purifiers […]

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Can You See Me Now?

Maggie Janssen is the Senior Vice President of Global Communications for one of the largest and most respected non-profit organizations in the world. Well, not yet. I found Maggie stationed at a skirted table outside of the Imperial Ballroom.  At the entrance behind her, a diagram has been pinned to the partition beginning a maze […]

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Sacred Harvest

I’ve always enjoyed fall. Not because of the burnished and bronze treetops or the soft comfort of an old sweater or for the ubiquity of football. Definitely not for the football. Rather, I am incredibly buoyant during the early fall months, inspired by the season’s warmth and currents of change. Perhaps it’s trace enthusiasm for […]

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Back to the Future

“Don’t you remember when police officers had the baseball cards?” This happens a lot. Though I’m Milwaukee-born, I’m an Army brat and didn’t fully experience the city until I moved back an adult.  Subsequently, I miss many of these “remember back when” references of my Milwaukee-bred peers. “Don’t you remember??” he insists. Gabriel is a […]

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Elevated

When people wax poetic about “the good old days,” it’s not often that they’re referring to the 15th century. “Artists had it best during the Medici period,” my table mate says to me.  She’s referring to the Italian dynasty famously credited for ushering forth the Renaissance. Their patronage of promising new artists such as Botticelli, […]

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To Tell our Truth, pt. 2

…continued from “To Tell Our Truth, Part 1”   “We have to do more of this!” new Michelle says, gesturing to our tabletop of appetizer plates and empty glasses. We nod and toast in agreement.  A 2007 American Bar Association report titled “Visible Invisibility” describes how black women in the legal profession face the “double burden” […]

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The Student Whisperer

By all accounts, Timothy Westbrook is a cheerful guy.  He’s beaming whenever I see him: showing one of his fabrics to a guest, chatting with staff, carrying a cup of coffee through the halls or waving from behind the sewing machine in his studio.  Beaming. His good mood radiates with a different frequency today. Three […]