New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


9 Ways to Design Your Home for Multigenerational Living

Bringing three generations under one roof? Advice from design experts on making it work.

Love infusions in your cocktails? Bring that skill home

Home infusing is an easy, fun path to next-level cocktails with so many possible flavor combinations.
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Teachers: Don’t lose the lessons of the pandemic

On the day this story is published, Mitchell Howard will have exactly 8 days of high school left.
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Where There’s Smoke …

My ex-husband took a match to my childhood photos. Now, I’m piecing together my history. Link to Story

Design hacks for a great outdoor workspace

Working from home? Here's how to make an outdoor workspace as professional (and pretty) as possible.
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Giving My Mother-in-law Back to Herself

They’re her memories, her stories. I just held onto them for a while.
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Wiser resolutions? Lessons from COVID’s unfulfilled ones

Amid the uncertainty and psychological labor, some of us discovered a quiet productivity.
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Welcome to the “pool party.”

In the photos, suntanned girls laugh, their hair whipping around as if their joy can barely be captured. Link to Story

One school's approach to mental health support for kids

In the Fab Lab maker space, hands are busy. That helps minds and voices open up.
Tomorrow, powered by Remake Learning Link to Story

The Betty Draper Effect

What can we learn from the women who did their mothering just before the ’60s reached suburbia? Link to Story

Small acts of kindness made a big difference in 2020

New research from finds Americans helped each other through this challenging year. - NBC Television Link to Story

Hang with Rick Springfield? Sure, for $1,000

They traveled 1,400 miles to talk with the pop star they'd loved since they were Gen-X teens. - NBC Television via AP Link to Story



For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has been exploring the building blocks of modern life -- the ways we design and organize our homes, how we interact with entertainment and pop culture in our marketing-saturated society, parenting, relationships and marriage, and much more -- as a writer for regional, national and global media outlets. She's also an experienced managing editor for print and online magazines.

That work continues, and has grown to include the launch of a private storytelling service called Breadcrumbs, which Melissa has created alongside her husband, writer Ted Anthony. (Visit to learn more.)

After three years living and working in southeast Asia, Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh and New York.