New York, Pittsburgh


writer and editor
content manager and communications consultant


What Fools These Mortals Be

Shakespeare described the toxic men of 2017 in stunning detail. It took just 394 years for us to listen. 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

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.
Stuff Dot Life Link to Story

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.’
Midcentury Modern/ Link to Story

The myth of the perfect partner

Transcendent happiness isn’t about who you both are in the beginning. It’s about daring to stand together as you figure out who you’re actually going to become. <img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="*4pcBnSpGwzmt8K9kZ-uaZQ.jpeg"> 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

Rick Springfield's Girls, Live and (Very) In Person

They had traveled 1,400 miles and waited two decades for this night -- three beautiful women from Long Island, wearing little black dresses to a concert by the pop star they'd drooled over when Reagan was president and hair was feathered. The Heidelberger sisters, together again, had flown all the way to North Dakota -- to see Rick Springfield.
The Washington Post Link to Story

Grey's Anatomy 101

The sharp writing, strong female characters and stellar ensemble cast on "Grey's Anatomy" get diagnosed in detail by writers who know the show.
BenBella Books Link to Story

What Are Adaptogens, and Can They Help You Live Healthier?

You may not have heard much about “adaptogens” yet, but we’re guessing you will. This class of remarkable plants has been used in traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. And now, decades after scientists in Western countries first discovered them during World War II, research has been growing into the stress-protective and energy-giving properties of these ancient herbs. Link to Story

Going gray naturally can be the bold move these days

Have we gotten so comfortable with people dying their hair that we're unhappy when they don't? Does gray hair mean automatic grandparent status? Joanne Hudson's friends didn't hide their surprise when she mentioned earlier this year that she was considering letting her gray hair show. Most were enthusiastic and supportive.
The Sun Sentinel 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

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



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.