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.

October 31, 2017

Let’s Talk about Casual Sexism

  Although I wish it were under different circumstances, I’m thrilled that sexual harassment and violence against women is finally—finally—part of mainstream national discourse. Thanks to the hundreds of accusations collectively leveled against professional leches like Harvey Weinstein, Mark Halperin, Bill Cosby, Roger Ailes, James Toback, Bill O’Reilly, former President George H. W. Bush, and…

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May 30, 2017

Hello, Silence, My Best Friend

  Confession time: I am spoiled.   For the past 17 years, I’ve lived in the rural-est of rural neighborhoods, down a road-less-traveled, dead-end gravel street, on 7.5 acres, surrounded by white pine woods and hay fields, and expanses of sky so wide-open, it seems as if I can breathe in all the constellations on…

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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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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,…

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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…