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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July 17, 2018

Book Review: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

  New York Times bestseller and multiaward-winning YA novel The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is heading to movie theaters this fall. With unarmed black youth continuing to die at the hands of police officers, the conversation it sparks couldn’t be timelier, even if the book never quite makes the artistic statement it aspires…

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July 10, 2018

Women in Business Q&A: Kristi Soomer of Encircled Clothing

  Anyone who travels frequently and wants to maintain some semblance of style knows how challenging it is to pack without a) grossly overpacking or b) dreading opening your suitcase to the same five or six items you’ve already worn to death. Enter Encircled, a collection of uniquely versatile everyday wardrobe essentials and multiway travel…

June 12, 2018

Women in Business Q&A: Lorraine Jones of 92nd Sauce

  In some parts of the country—namely Kansas City, Memphis, South Carolina, and pretty much anywhere in Texas—barbecue isn’t just a tasty cuisine, it’s also a spectator sport. Festivals are planned and thousands gather to watch the most dedicated to their grilling craft compete for bragging rights, and sample the delicious results. So while Berkshire…

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May 26, 2018

4 Days in Quebec City

  I’m always looking for ways to piggyback vacation days onto business trips and speaking gigs, but sometimes the locations of business functions are something less than vacation-worthy. But when the organizers of the Women in Travel Summit announced that the 2018 conference would be in Quebec City, I knew I had a destination worthy of…

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May 8, 2018

Vegan Roasted Butternut Squash Quesadillas with Smoky Chipotle Sauce

  My quest to replicate favorite restaurant dishes has been, well, let’s just say not always successful. There’s usually some indescribable something missing, a close-but-no-cigar rendering of what my tastebuds crave. But once in a long while, my wing-it kitchen experiments manage to outdo the original. Such is the case with this recipe for Vegan…

April 24, 2018

Book Review: “When Breath Becomes Air” by Paul Kalanithi

    “I would have to live in a different way, seeing death as an imposing itinerant visitor but knowing that even if I’m dying, until I actually die, I am still living,” writes Paul Kalanithi in the 2015 Pulitzer-shortlisted When Breath Becomes Air. As short and memorable as his own life, Kalanithi’s memoir is…

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April 10, 2018

Women in Business Q&A: Author Alice Finn of PowerHouse Assets

        When Alice Finn watched the 2016 financial thriller Equity, she was struck by a scene at a professional women’s mentoring meeting. Main character Naomi is asked, “What’s that thing that really makes you want to get up in the morning?” She replies, “I like money.” While Naomi goes on to explain…

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April 4, 2018

The Writer’s Guide to Home Office Setup

    The positive aspects of working from a home office are many: You can start and finish the day whenever you want. You can take a walk, break, or nap at any time, and don’t have to check in with anyone. Don’t feel like getting out of your sweatpants? Don’t bother. There are fewer…