23 Sep 2019

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

It is easy to get lost in the majesty of the Pfister. In its leather and gold. Imported marbles and stained glass. Carved wood and wrought iron. Arresting art and cozy fireplaces. This is what they talk about when I ask them about the Pfister. Why they stay. And why they keep coming back. Its […]

4 Jun 2019

travel to india and experience the art of henna here at the pfister…

travel to india and experience the art of henna here at the pfister…

as a little girl, my love for henna awakened me and all of my senses in a way that has never left me and even now the smell takes me back to india, on the floor of my grandfather’s flat, there is singing and spirited conversation— the kind that only comes when women gather to […]

8 Sep 2017

The Ring | Nico Cialdini | Creative Director at Bader Rutter

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The Ring | Nico Cialdini | Creative Director at Bader Rutter

The bartender’s ring is nothing special. It’s just one that fits. She bought it because her hands are really big. Frankly, enormous. That’s what she says anyway. I hold my hand up for comparison. Her fingers decently measure to my outstretched hand. Not that big. I saw the same ring a few minutes ago. It […]

20 Aug 2017

How the Pfister’s Incredible Art Collection Strengthened My Marriage (Or At Least Got Us Out of the House Sans Toddlers and Goldfish Crackers)

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How the Pfister’s Incredible Art Collection Strengthened My Marriage (Or At Least Got Us Out of the House Sans Toddlers and Goldfish Crackers)

I treasure date nights.  With four children aged four and younger, a typical evening in our home can feel like a freefall into chaos.  Date nights whisper to us that we are still sane adults in love who can have a conversation that doesn’t involve repeating, “We are leaving in two minutes.  Did you hear […]

1 May 2017

A Narrator’s Farewell Part III: Bringing the Hotel’s Paintings to Life

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A Narrator’s Farewell Part III: Bringing the Hotel’s Paintings to Life

Finally, I leave you and the Pfister Hotel with twenty (soon to be twenty-one–I’ll explain later) creative works written by me and participants in the five Plume Service writing experiences that took place between December and April.  My original goal was to bring all 80 of the Victorian-era paintings in the Hotel to life, so for the first two […]

25 Apr 2017

Margaret Muza: Musing About Her Muses (Part 2)

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Margaret Muza: Musing About Her Muses (Part 2)

Before my time is up as the Narrator, I wanted to sit down with the new Artist-in-Residence Margaret Muza one last time (though I’m sure I’ll be back many times during her residency!) to get and share with you some of the back stories of the tintypes currently hanging in her studio.  As the walls […]