Writing

Next-Gen Sales & Marketing

My story for Electrical Wholesaling on sales and marketing techniques to weather this post-pandemic, virtual world.


Breaking the Mold

My story for EC&M magazine on this year’s Product of the Year winner, an affordable software option.


Insight on Light Fidelity

My story for Electrical Wholesaling on how Light Fidelity (LiFi) technology has advanced, how it hasn’t, and when it’s expected to really take off.


The State of Solar

My story for Electrical Wholesaling on why the solar industry presents a major business opportunity for electrical distributors willing to navigate the ever-changing field.


How Green-Minded Communal Living Became Hip

For the members of Unadilla Community Farm in West Edmeston, N.Y., a small town that sits on the rural stretch of land between Syracuse and Albany, Mondays offer a brief respite from a week of tending to their 12-acre homestead. Ben Tyler, Greta Zarro, and seven college-aged seasonal interns gather around a circular table that they’ve moved to the gravel driveway outside their barn and enjoy a breakfast of vegan banana pancakes and pastries from their Amish neighbors. Lush, green hills, fruit trees, and leafy gardens surround them. After taking turns cleaning dishes and taking scraps out to the compost, some of the newer members spread out across the property to relax. One plays his guitar near the barn. Another sits under the shade of a tree to read. Tyler, 34, stays in the barn to begin prepping the day’s meal. He rolls up his brown cotton sleeves to chop fresh garlic from the garden, adding it to a combination of mashed lentils, onions, flour, and spices for meatless-meatballs, occasionally pausing to wipe blond hair out of his eyes. Meanwhile, Zarro, 26, heads outside across the gravel path to water the raised garden beds, which hold sensitive plants like lettuce that need attention on off days.


What I Learned from My Farm-Stay Experience

Armed with a bucket of grain and a shepherd’s staff, Jason Connelly marched across the pasture on the Weathered Hill Farm in South Kortright, N.Y. as a herd of sheep chased after him. The smell of fresh grass and manure filled the warm air. Jason’s dad revved up the four-wheeler. His grandpa stayed with the truck to try to block off escape routes up ahead. Meanwhile, I held up the back, jogging to try to keep an old, stubborn sheep and inexperienced lambs from lagging too far from the group. Our goal: Move the hungry herd from the grazed-over pasture to fresh, tall grass that would serve as their next meal. 


Rewriting the Southside Narrative


The South Side Communication Center Youth Program bustles with energy on a Wednesday afternoon. Handmade inspirational posters and art projects decorate the walls, along with historical photos of famous black people and a rack filled with Essence magazines. Eight kids are there that day, ranging from age 10 to 18. Some are finishing up their dinners around the living room’s communal table while talking and laughing with each other. A few younger kids start a loud game of Uno. One checks out the various homegrown herbs that adorn the windowsills behind the front desk. Meanwhile, Rachielle Scrivens, coordinator of the center, keeps a watchful eye over them.


Syracuse women wary about running alone

Mickey Piscitelli went running alone in Onondaga Lake Park several years ago on a quiet and rainy afternoon. Partway through her run, Piscitelli noticed two men who did not fit in with the usual park-goers. They wore work boots and didn’t appear to be exercising or socializing. Instead, they stood near the trail she was on, watching her as she ran.

“When I ran past them, the hair on the back of my neck stood up,” Piscitelli said. “I really felt a little shiver go down my spine.”


Find keto food and friends at Syracuse’s Dolce Vita

Three years ago, Antonietta Vigliotti, owner of Syracuse’s Dolce Vita restaurant, was dependent on steroids and feared that she’d soon become allergic to them. She also knew she needed to lose major weight, so she talked with a trainer who encouraged her to start exercising and to follow a ketogenic lifestyle with a high fat, minimum carb diet. Afterward, Vigliotti’s meals consisted of 70 percent fat, 25 percent protein and 5 percent carbohydrates. Three years later, she has lost over 100 pounds and doesn’t need steroids anymore, which she attributes to food.


Best Affordable Mexican Brunch in Syracuse

On a bright, cool Sunday morning in Syracuse’s Columbus Circle, there’s a renovated Methodist church with a modern sculpture outside. Once an important center for the abolitionist movement, the steeple still stands tall against a clear blue sky.  But things are different now. Stand outside the 19th century doors and you don’t hear a choir. Today, the scent of Mexican food fills the air. The Mission serves an amazing Sunday brunch. The Mission Restaurant stands out amongst the surrounding buildings in downtown Syracuse.


Finding My Way Along the Camino

The first morning of my month-long hike was both breathtaking — beautiful mountain vistas overlooking plots of vast green farmland — and completely painful for me, as I followed the yellow arrows that were marked on the ground and painted onto tree trunks. My feet ached from the hiking boots that I should’ve worked harder to break in before I left home, and my back wasn’t yet used to the extra weight of 15 pounds — everything I would need for the next five weeks — in a single backpack.


Cable company’s future in New York is uncertain after ruling, experts say

The New York Public Service Commission’s decision to force Charter Communications, which merged with Time Warner Cable in 2016 and operated under the Spectrum brand, out of New York state is an unprecedented action that leaves Charter’s future in the area uncertain, experts said.


Central New York’s 1st inland port to be built in DeWitt

Central New York is getting its first inland port, the New York State Department of Transportation announced last month.

The port, which will be built in DeWitt, comes after years of collaboration between the NYSDOT and CSX Corp., a rail transportation company.