Striving to make our businesses more accessible to all is the right thing to do and, by the numbers, it’s also good business. The more people who can access your business, the more potential customers you have. Unfortunately, without systems to help small business owners who are barely scraping by to implement accessibility standards, the cost can seem prohibitive, and businesses often give up. Even if you can’t afford big renovations today, there are many free and low-cost efforts you can make that have a large impact. Read below for a few suggestions to affordably boost your business’s accessibility.Read More
A lot of folks hate New Year’s resolutions, and understandably so. A poorly designed resolution is a great way to get your new year started off on the wrong foot. Cue visions of sweeping life changes followed by disappointment and beating yourself up…bummer. That said, taking the time to reflect and make intentional choices about your life once in a while can be valuable. So, whether you’re making official New Year’s resolutions or setting goals any old time of the year, here are three tips to help you be more successful (and a few local organizations to support you on your path)!Read More
Bright lights, bustling shops, sweet treats, new experiences.
The holiday season is upon us. For many people, this time comes with high anticipation and excitement. For people like my clients and me, the holidays present unique challenges and opportunities.Read More
Parenting is expensive. Parenting while LGBTQ+ is more so. While state and federal regulations have come a long way closer to supporting non-traditional families, there are still a barrage of financial and logistical hoops to clear in order to establish full parental rights. This article outlines the process of DIY-ing your second-parent adoption in Tompkins County, NY.Read More
Some of the hallmarks of Ithaca culture are a slightly off-center quirkiness and a supportive community. But before present-day Ithaca came to be, indigenous groups had been shaping their community throughout the Finger Lakes for centuries.Read More
October brings with it Indigenous Peoples’ Day (10/14). Throughout the month of October, Ithaca.Community will be featuring content that celebrates the work of local indigenous people and promotes resources that support these communities in the region. While no single blog post could encompass the full range of diverse communities represented in the area, we hope you find the list below helpful in connecting with a few local and national communities/organizations.Read More
Ithaca is a land of constant change – people moving to and away from town, buildings going up and coming down, and even the landscape is in flux, with waterfalls subtly changing our scenery as we go about our day-to-day lives.
I spent my first year as an Ithaca resident in flux as well, traveling to and from my job in New York City every other week. By the time I stood still and looked down, I was 7 months pregnant with no local OBGYN, friends in town, or mama mentors to help point me toward resources.Read More
As someone who has continued to have a love/hate relationship with this city, I must confess there is much to be appreciated and adored about the City of Ithaca. Yes, there are the gorges and swim holes that you read about and the beautiful glimpses of autumn in the upstate New York magazines. But then there are the people, the amazing people that make you feel whole, seen, and valued. There is the Ithaca Farmers Market that is filled with home baked goods, farm-grown flowers, pasteurized meats, and the laughter of children. And then there are the beautiful murals that aim to capture culture and beauty of all the people of the city.Read More