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MELISSA RAYWORTH

New York, Pittsburgh

MELISSA RAYWORTH

writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant

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What Fools These Mortals Be

Shakespeare described the toxic men of 2017 in stunning detail. It took just 394 years for us to listen.
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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.
Breadcrumbs via Medium.com Link to Story
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Where There’s Smoke …

My ex-husband took a match to all my childhood photos. Now I’m following the breadcrumbs back to my history.
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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.
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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.
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Original 'Law and Order,' a New York/New Jersey mirror and staple, shuts down

Since television was born, TV shows have been set in New York City. Most offer up a mere sliver of New York City. For two decades, until it was canceled Friday, NBC's "Law & Order" did something very different.
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The Most Feminist Show on Television

While no one was looking, a story showcasing compelling, powerful women — and few powerful men — emerged in the unlikeliest place of all: the male-dominated Marvel cinematic universe. Meet ‘Marvel’s Agent Carter.’
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With Me In Spirit

Shirley arrived, the first time, on a warm Thursday afternoon in May. Sunlight was flooding the yard outside my window, illuminating our suburban neighborhood so fully that you’d think ghostly happenings would be impossible.
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The myth of the perfect partner

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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 zombies taught me to fight.

Last week we watched this incredibly romantic and inspiring zombie movie.
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Mommy Hottest: Why I’m Not Sacrificing My Sexy for My Kids

“A mother’s arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.”. Victor Hugo. Last month, my husband came home after a week of work travel. He brought me this incredible dress from a street market in London — a steampunk mashup of leather and lace with a thin brass chain dangling from the neckline that somehow reads as both sweet and sexual.
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About

MELISSA RAYWORTH

For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has explored 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 served as a print and online magazine managing editor and media consultant.

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.

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