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MELISSA RAYWORTH

New York, Pittsburgh

MELISSA RAYWORTH

writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant

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Parenting in the age of Alexa and her ilk

Hey parents: What if there was a machine that could respond to your kids’ every command, never tiring?
The Boston Globe Link to Story
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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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Wedding wild card: those unpredictable toasts and speeches

Even when a wedding is planned down to the tiniest detail, one random element always remains.
The Associated Press Link to Story
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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.
Medium.com Link to Story
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Let Your Home Tell Your Story

Your home is your oasis, but it's also a spectacular canvas to celebrate your history.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story
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Promises Kept

In a city where higher education reigns supreme, enrolling in a great college was simply a dream for some local high-schoolers — until The Pittsburgh Promise came along.
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story
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Ask a Designer: Closet organization that lasts

Most people don’t start out with a messy closet. But for many of us, it doesn't take long for order to turn into chaos.
The Associated Press Link to Story
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Tiny zombies: Halloween’s goriest go kindergarten

Prepare yourself this year for a procession of pint-sized trick-or-treaters like none you’ve encountered before.
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Link to Story
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The Sleepless Generation

It’s ten p.m. and I can hear him in there. His baby brother is fast asleep. But my older son, Mason, is wide awake. He’s leafing through comic books and sneaking out of bed, rummaging around for action figures. Just a few weeks shy of his fifth birthday, Mason can write his name, throw a baseball, even croon a wicked rendition of “Go Tell Aunt Rhody.”.
Babble Link to Story
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Ask the Designer: Dorm room decor gets serious

To personalize a college dorm room, interior designer Jon Call suggests adding a headboard to the existing bed frame and investing in high-quality, distinctive bedding, as shown in this dorm room pictured. When Young Huh left for college in the 1980s, she brought "one giant poster of The Cure, bedding from the local bed-and-bath store and maybe some desk accessories."
The Tribune Link to Story
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This year, pass the turkey AND the family photos

This holiday season, along with planning menus and decorating, consider collecting family stories and bits of precious data that otherwise might be lost forever.
The Chicago Tribune Link to Story
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Ask A Designer: creating your ultimate outdoor room

Designers often talk about the perfect "outdoor living room" — a deck or patio that combines the comfort and style of indoor decorating with the pleasure of relaxing outside. But what separates these outdoor entertaining spaces from more typically decorated backyards? We've asked three interior designers — Brett Beldock of New York-based Brett Design Inc., Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten25 in Dallas and Dan Mazzarini of the design firm BHDM — about what items they use to elevate a simple deck or patio to true "outdoor room" status.
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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.