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.

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,…

Robin Catalano freelance blogger Berkshires Albany CE Golden jewelry ring
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…

New Lebanon NY train station Robin Catalano freelance blogger side
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,…

December 1, 2016

One-Bowl Vegan Pumpkin Bread with Crumb Topping

  After the events of the past couple of months, I think we can all use a little comfort. Jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon might seem like a cheesy way to get there, but food offers a great temporary respite whenever the world outside is feeling not so awesome, so I’m staying in and…

Robin Catalano brand blogger Hudson River Exchange
November 17, 2016

5 Questions with Stella Yoon of Hudson River Exchange

  Happy accidents are the stock in trade for Stella Yoon, part of the creative team (along with Kate Moore and Kate Sterlin) who founded the Hudson River Exchange in 2013. Yoon and Moore now run the organization, which draws on the long history of creative commerce along the Hudson River.   HRE is best…

coffee cup notebook robin catalano freelance writer blogger
October 31, 2016

Welcome to Zwischenraum

New blogs are a bear to write for.   More specifically, intro posts crafted, ostensibly, to convince you that coming back regularly to read this blog is a good use of your probably very limited free time. It doesn’t matter that I’ve been a freelance blogger for nearly ten years, have written for and consulted…