9 Aug 2019

Life is Art

Life is Art

I have been the Pfister’s Narrator-in-Residence for just shy of three months.  In that time, I have made homemade chai, the tea of my ancestors, nine times and shared it with more than one hundred and fifty people. People from all over the world. People from Milwaukee. People from the Pfister.  I often get asked […]

23 Jul 2019

Last Call

Last Call

It is loud. Not a quiet kind of loud. But a loud, loud. It happened about an hour and a half ago, maybe a little longer. In a matter of minutes the lobby bar filled with a healthy mix of men and women, young and old, wearing suits and t-shirts, fancy dresses and everything in […]

22 Jul 2019

a sea of blue

a sea of blue

the lobby is full and dressed in blue sky blue tees baby blue button down shirts dark blue suits light blue polos navy blue baseball hats blue plaid and cobalt blue blue the color dates back to ancient times it is the color of the spirits and the heavens, the past and the present dark […]

15 Jul 2019

The Tattoo…

The Tattoo…

A changing of the shifts. Her henna dry. And a chance meeting with Mr. Lucas, a Pfister icon. Dressed in a baby blue sport coat, he greets them all by name. It was a Wednesday and Kelly and I were sitting at the bar. She was here on her day off for henna, something we […]

30 Jun 2019

I Wonder…

I Wonder…

Tonight the piano plays and the lobby lounge sings with the sound of their voices and the song of their laughter. There is a group of 15, tables of 2-3 and me, hidden in the background. I sit and watch and wonder, where are they all from? What are they all doing here? How do […]

9 Jun 2019

Paul’s Spirit

Paul’s Spirit

It was my first Saturday at the Pfister as the Narrator and I was nervous. When the parking lot was full, I almost drove away. Telling myself that I could come back another day. But instead, I found my way inside to the lobby bar where I first saw her— older, with the same white […]