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MELISSA RAYWORTH

writer and editor

Bangkok, New York, Pittsburgh

MELISSA RAYWORTH

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Where There’s Smoke …

When we divorced, my ex-husband took a match to my childhood photos. Now I’m learning to follow the breadcrumbs that lead me back to my own history. It was awkward, calling my soon-to-be ex-husband. We’d seen each other only twice in the months since we’d separated. With no kids connecting us and the lawyer done drawing up divorce papers, there was little left to say.
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Guests don't know each other? Help them mingle, have fun

Couples who meticulously plan every aspect of their wedding can still have trouble predicting: Will the guests have fun?
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Welcome to the “pool party.”

In the photos, the suntanned girls are laughing. Their heads are askew, hair whipping around as if their happy motion can barely be captured by the camera’s eye. A cool blue swimming pool awaits in the background on this steamy Friday afternoon. Sunshine, palm trees and a cute boy from middle school has invited them over.
Medium.com Link to Story
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Let Your Home Tell Your Story

Your home is your oasis, but it's also a spectacular canvas to celebrate your history. Carrie Nardini chose the soft shade of turquoise for her Brookline kitchen for more than just its beauty. It’s the iconic color of a range of Pyrex mixing bowls used by American moms — including Nardini’s beloved grandmother, who died in 2008 — since the 1950s.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story
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Art and Inspiration in Chiang Rai

A deep-dive guide to experiencing this thought-provoking northern Thai city.
Wanderlust Magazine -- Thailand Link to Story
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Mom, Interrupted: Let Me Finish My Sentence

“The new kid in MY class from Japan brought in this candy today that tasted like…”. “Somebody said there was a bug in the noodles today, and my whole class was, like, screaming…”. Somehow my entire existence has become a live-action website. Each day hurtles at me at warp speed. But it’s not like it was when I was growing up, when life seemed to unfold in a forward motion not unlike the 1970s TV shows I watched after school.
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The Changing Face of Campus in Pittsburgh

Renovation is under way at nearly all of our area colleges and universities. For students heading back to school this fall — and their parents — we offer this crash course on the highlights of these projects and their projected benefits. Pittsburgh has been a center of higher learning since the earliest days of America’s history, and as our city has grown and evolved over the centuries, so too have our many colleges and universities.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story
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ASK A DESIGNER: Finding a look you love in outdoor decor

For decades, "outdoor decorating" meant arranging a few nice chairs and a table near a barbecue grill, then adding an umbrella to block the summer sun. But as patios and decks have morphed into "outdoor living rooms," the bar has risen for outdoor style and comfort. "HGTV Design Star" judge Vern Yip says he knew we'd reached a new level of outdoor decorating this year when he discovered a fully upholstered, tufted, Chesterfield-style sofa designed for outdoor use.
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You Go First

If a working mother waits until it’s a good time to take a trip purely for herself, she will never go.
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Going gray naturally can be the bold move these days

Have we gotten so comfortable with people dying their hair that we're unhappy when they don't? Does gray hair mean automatic grandparent status? Joanne Hudson's friends didn't hide their surprise when she mentioned earlier this year that she was considering letting her gray hair show. Most were enthusiastic and supportive.
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Healing to Haiti

In January, 13 doctors and medical personnel from Allegheny General Hospital took their medical expertise to the people of earthquake-devastated Haiti. The team returned with experiences that will help improve the care they provide here. They arrived late at night. Rumbling by truck through the shattered streets of Port-au-Prince, the earthquake-devastated capital of Haiti, they passed bodies left unburied and piles of rubble that barely resembled the buildings they once had been.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story
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10 Years Later, Reflections on Missing a Train, and a Tragedy

I didn't take the 5:33 that night a decade ago. But a man named Colin Ferguson did.
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About

MELISSA RAYWORTH

Melissa Rayworth is a freelance writer and editor exploring the building blocks of modern life, including parenting and marriage, the myths and realities of modern suburbia, work/life balance and beauty/body image issues. She frequently writes feature stories for The Associated Press and WhatToExpect.com, among other clients. She has also contributed to several anthologies, including the SmartPop book series.

Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh, New York and Bangkok, Thailand. She tweets at @mrayworth.