New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


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

Giving My Mother-in-law Back to Herself

They’re her memories, her stories. I just held onto them for a while.
Breadcrumbs via 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

Where There’s Smoke …

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

The Sleepless Generation

It’s 10 p.m. and I can hear him in there. His baby brother is fast asleep. But Mason is wide awake. Link to Story

Healing to Haiti

Rumbling through the shattered streets of Port-au-Prince, their first sight was bodies they couldn't save.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

Mom, Interrupted: Let Me Finish My Sentence

The way we deal with screens – click, get a reward, then click elsewhere – is changing our lives. Link to Story

I Choose Now

I’m still shocked that I went to Kuala Lumpur just for 48 hours. Link to Story

Finally: Ads That Really Say What All Those Other Ads Are Thinking

Robin Rice won't judge you for all those times you've stared into a mirror wishing your thighs were thinner.
TakePart Link to Story

Ikea shoppers are fluent in “Huh?”

OK, how exactly do you pronounce Pjatteryd?
The Associated Press Link to Story

What happens when Taylor Lautner comes to town?

Their Hollywood crush was at their high school for real. But the reality wasn't quite like their dreams. - NBC Link to Story

Original 'Law & Order,' a mirror and staple of NYC

Since TV was born, shows have offered up slivers of this city. "Law & Order" did something different. 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.