writer and editor

Bangkok, New York, Pittsburgh



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.
Stuff Dot Life Link to Story

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. Link to Story

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. Link to Story

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.
Sharpen Your Edge Link to Story

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.
The Los Angeles Times Link to Story

Original 'Law and Order,' a New York and 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. Link to Story

Don’t let fear limit your life story

It was five miles away. Far enough that we didn’t hear the explosion, but disturbingly close once my phone started buzzing with messages from friends around the world asking if we were OK. I looked around the apartment, where my two kids were artfully ignoring my prodding to finish the last of their homework. Link to Story

Beauty is not Truth, Truth is not Beauty

I WAS HALFWAY THROUGH a phone call with Cate Blanchett when things turned awkward. She was taking calls from reporters to promote her new job as the spokesface for an expensive skincare line called SK-II. I was wrestling with the task of announcing this non-news to the world. It should have been easy, this brief dance between writer and celebrity.
The Weeklings Link to Story

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. Link to Story

In the Show About Lies, a Larger Truth

When it came to telling the story of American women, `Mad Men’ never flinched. Link to Story

Taking Off and Waking Up

My long, airborne sleeps serve as a strangely physical reminder that I’m still me, no matter what circumstances or challenges or people may be swirling around me. I remain the same – same socks, same underwear, same strengths, same opinions – whether I’m drifting off above Pittsburgh or Paris or Penang. Link to Story

Taking Off and Waking Up

The world has been throwing a lot at us lately, and it’s easy to wonder just what happened to the planet we thought we lived on. It’s as if we fell asleep in one America and woke up in another. Link to Story



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, 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.