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MELISSA RAYWORTH

Pittsburgh, New York

MELISSA RAYWORTH

writer, editor and communications consultant

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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.
Livestrong.com 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. <img class="progressiveMedia-noscript js-progressiveMedia-inner" src="https://cdn-images-1.medium.com/max/2000/1*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 Medium.com Link to Story
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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
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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.
TueNight.com Link to Story
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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
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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.
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Finally: Ads That Really Say What All Those Other Ads Are Thinking

Robin Rice isn't going to judge you for all those times you've stared into a mirror wishing your thighs were thinner or your belly was flatter or your hair wasn't so damn frizzy. She isn't shocked that just about every time you see yourself in a photograph, you immediately focus on the parts of you that need "fixing."
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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.
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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.
TueNight.com Link to Story
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In the Show About Lies, a Larger Truth

When it came to telling the story of American women, `Mad Men’ never flinched.
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Show Me Your Papers

With global immigration issues swirling around us, I’m especially aware today how much the freedom to travel and learn about other cultures means to me and my family. I’m also aware how fast time is rocketing by.
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Hang with Rick Springfield? Sure, for $1,000

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.
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About

MELISSA RAYWORTH

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 breadcrumbstories.com), 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.