Pittsburgh, New York


writer, editor and communications consultant


Veterans Serving With The Mission Continues Are Improving Thousands of Lives — Including Their Own

As Hurricane Irma tore through the Caribbean on a collision course with his Miami neighborhood, Derek Auguste didn’t hesitate. He and his platoon quickly pooled their military expertise to prepare. They spread the word via social media: If you need storm shutters installed or windows boarded up or anything else, we will make it happen. 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. <img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="*Yc2guxLtGTEJ9kp1bzlpuQ.png"> My mother-in-law outside her assisted-living facility, March 2017. Lately, I’ve been telling my mother-in-law a lot of stories.
Breadcrumbs via 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

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

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/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



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

That work continues, and has grown to include the launch of a private storytelling service called Breadcrumbs (learn more at the soon-to-launch site, 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.