In the blink of an eye, the world changed. Schools closed. Bars and restaurants closed.  All non-essential businesses closed. And here at the Pfister so did the Cafe, Blu, the Lobby Lounge and, of course, my own Tuesday Chai.

As I face the frustrations, worry, and unknowns, I turn to my roots, my culture, my art and the stories from my past that are part of my present and a way forward into my future.

Lord Shiva, in his dance form, symbolizes the cosmic cycles of destruction and creation. 

The source of all movement,
Shiva’s dance
Gives rhythm to the universe
He creates & preserves
Destroys & releases

We are part of this dance,
this eternal rhythm

~excerpt from poem by Ruth Peel

So as I grapple with the things that are broken and lost, Shiva reminds me to keep dancing. And assures me that out of the rubble will come something old and something new.

Dance, when you’re broken open.
Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of your fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you are perfectly free.


Schools, bars & restaurants will re-open, including the Cafe here at the Pfister, Blu, and the Lobby Lounge. And we will return to our lives as we knew them. But there will be something new. Something that we created. 

Let it be something good.