I've been spending a lot of time thinking about which chapters to include in this "guide to modern living", and one of the obvious choices is - and always has been - a chapter on 'Relationships'.
With this in mind, I convened our weekly brainstorming session at Zinc Restaurant on Chapel Street in New Haven. (Thanks to Co-owners Donna and Denise, as well as Manager Peter Koll for hosting!)
Joining me for a great conversation: author/architect/childhood friend Duo Dickinson, theology student Brin Bon, animal rescuer Kathleen Schurman, editorial director Ann McGuire, and psychologist Ira Rosofsky.
Duo Dickinson has written seven books on architecture. His latest, “Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want”, was published by The Taunton Press in November 2011. He has been the contributing writer for home design for Money Magazine, is the architecture critic for the New Haven Register, and a contributing writer in home design for New Haven magazine.
He has written articles for more than a dozen national publications including House Beautiful, Home, Fine Homebuilding and was the “At Home” editor for This Old House. Duo also sits on seven not-for-profit boards, including the New Haven Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, New Haven Preservation Trust, Connecticut Episcopal Diocesan Properties Committee, Katherine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center, and Madison Cultural Arts.
Brin Bon is a writer, blogger, and public thinker in the emerging food and faith movement, with a blog that focuses on the theological aspects of eating as well as a personal blog that profiles her own culinary thoughts and endeavors with recipes, photographs, and reflections.
She studies theology at Yale Divinity School and is preparing to enter the priesthood in the Episcopal Church where she plans to continue her work in food ministry. Brin is currently working to launch the Good Food, Good God Project, which will profile how people of faith across the country are growing, preparing, and eating food in the context of their faith.
Kathleen Schurman owns Locket’s Meadow Farm in Bethany, CT, where she rescues horses and other farm animals from slaughter situations then rehabilitates them to work as therapy animals.
Kathleen is also a journalist and author of children’s books, sales from which help to support her animal sanctuary. She has just published her first book for adults, Three Days in August, and is busy finishing a workbook for people who want to learn to communicate with animals, which she finds easy. Communicating with people, however, is far more puzzling to her.
A professional writer and editor for thirty years, Ann McGuire is a well-practiced word broker dealing in industries as diverse as television, technology, and personal development. She has a day job running marketing communications for Tangoe in Orange, and spends part of her spare time as the editorial director of Milford Living Magazine and a handful of other small publications.
She lives in New Haven with her very silly husband, tries to take good pictures (with varying degrees of success),has an affinity for time travel novels and string cheese, and thinks hot stone massages are the closest thing to heaven on earth.
Ira Rosofsky is an itinerant psychologist who works in a variety of nursing homes and assisted living facilities. In his personal life, he was also a caregiver to his own frail, elderly parents.
He wrote a book, Nasty, Brutish, and Long: Adventures in Eldercare, about his life caring for the elderly, which was a Finalist for the Connecticut Book Award. A proud native of Brooklyn, he now lives in New Haven with his wife and three children—enjoying family seminars about which city has the better pizza.
Across from the historic New Haven Green, ZINC offers an innovative farm-to-table menu that celebrates the surrounding community. Sustainable food has been the focus of ZINC since opening its doors twelve years ago. They have since remained a fixture in the downtown landscape as a dining experience fit for the most enthusiastic of foodies.
Co-Owners Donna Curran and Chef Denise Appel combine more than 20 years of experience to create a restaurant that reflects their passion for great local food and quality service. ZINC has evolved into one of the city’s most popular gathering spots for both local foodies and visiting ones.