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.

December 12, 2017

Women in Business Q&A: Lamini Alpaca Accessories

In 1533, when Francisco Pizzaro and his band of not-so-merry Spanish conquistadors captured Cuzco, Peru, they were so awestruck by the gold and silver masks, statues, and jewelry they uncovered that they failed to recognize the most treasured possessions of the Inca: fine textiles made from the soft, durable fiber of the alpaca. The Inca,…

November 16, 2017

Book Review: The Sound of Gravel by Ruth Wariner

  “I am my mother’s fourth child and my father’s thirty-ninth.”   Over the past couple of decades, memoirs have gone in flashier, more attention-grabbing directions. But few have the quiet impact of this opening, from Ruth Wariner’s 2016 contemplative memoir The Sound of Gravel. While uneven, Wariner’s book is a worthy entry into an…

November 7, 2017

Vegan Butternut Squash Ravioli with Tofu Ricotta and Brown Butter Sage Sauce

If you’re like me, when you go out to a restaurant, you typically order dishes you wouldn’t make for yourself at home. One of my restaurant faves is butternut squash ravioli—a toasty, fall-harvest-flavored treat that I would regularly comb bistro menus for . . . until I started eating non-dairy. Finding vegan butternut squash ravioli…

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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September 26, 2017

Aussie Adventure: Decor Writer Guest Post on Ace of Space Blog

  Do not adjust your screen. This cardiac-jolting design comes courtesy of Melbourne, Australia, cafe-by-day, tapas-bar-by-night restaurant Heartattack and Vine. This one put all of my decor writer skills to the test in coming up with synonyms for awesome, and is featured in full on the equally cool Ace of Space blog. If you joined us…

September 19, 2017

Fall Marketing Classes at the Hudson River Exchange

Go back to school with the Hudson River Exchange’s signature series of marketing classes and business and creativity-recharging workshops, especially for small- and creative-business owners, artists, and artisans. This year, I’m gearing up to teach three info-packed classes on October 10 and 19: Take Your Business to the Next Level with a Vision & Mission…

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August 22, 2017

Hacienda Chic in San Antonio: Guest Design Writer on the Ace of Space Blog

  In my former life as the managing editor of digital and social media for a home decor brand, I was fortunate to travel to locations with incredible architecture, art, and design, and talk with dozens of talented interior decorators, architects, and textile and product manufacturers. Since you can take the gal out of design…