zwischenraum

A blog about the in-between—the small (and not-so-small) moments in business and marketing, culture, politics, food, travel, and more. Zwischenraum takes its name from a German word that translates to “the space between things,” an artsy-sounding concept that to me speaks volumes about everyday life.

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May 16, 2017

10 Questions with Rachel Shingleton of Pencil Shavings Studio

  “I’ve never met a color I didn’t love.” This phrase describes, in a nutshell, Rachel Shingleton’s original approach to design. A graphic and product designer, an interior stylist, and the blogger behind the popular Pencil Shavings Studio, Rachel is on a mission to “banish the beige” and make life—and everything in it—more vibrant and…

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March 28, 2017

10 Questions with Kristen van Ginhoven of WAM Theatre

In 2009, after reading Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, lifelong theatre artist and educator Kristen van Ginhoven had a lightbulb moment. What if she could apply the same concept of supporting women’s rights through economic opportunity to the theatre? She founded WAM Theatre that…

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March 21, 2017

Vegan Malai Kofta. Because Meals Are Too Short and Winter Is Too Long.

  I used to be somewhat indiscriminate about Indian food. Most Indian restaurants—even the ones with run-of-the-mill lunch buffets—passed muster, largely because their food, unlike what you find at a typical American lunch or dinner joint, had lots of flavor. As a vegetarian, I leaned toward classic meat-free dishes like biryani, pakoras, samosas, and malai…

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March 7, 2017

What the Stones Don’t Tell Us | Guest Post by Peter McLaughlin

This guest piece about love and loss has special resonance for me. Peter McLaughlin was a fine journalist and a good friend. Although there was almost a 20-year age difference between us, we were born on the same day and bonded immediately over a shared love of great writing, discussions that pinged from one idea…

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February 2, 2017

Olla Gitana: A Vegan Take on One-Pot Gypsy Stew

  Although I’m mostly vegan, I’m not a picky eater—if it grew in the ground at some point, I’ll toss it with spices and other vegetables, throw it on the stove or in the oven, and see what results. I can count on exactly three fingers the plant-based ingredients I won’t shovel into my mouth,…

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January 26, 2017

10 Questions with Caroline Golden of C. E. Golden Jewelry

  Caroline Golden loves to tell stories, but considers herself pretty bad at it. She’s a rambler in person, an all-lowercase, stream-of-consciousness kind of writer, the type of thinker whose mind frequently wanders off in reveries that take multiple twists and turns before folding back in on themselves to create new stories. These are the…

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January 5, 2017

Going to Ruin

  I’ve lived in my teeny-tiny rural upstate New York community, on the border of Stephentown and New Lebanon, for nearly 20 years—that still makes me a “newcomer,” by the standards of the area’s farm families—but this ruin escaped my attention until a friend pointed it out. To be fair, the ramshackle green structure sits,…