New episode of Smashing Stories w/ Baron Vaughn!

New episode of Smashing Stories is up! In this one I have Baron Vaughn, one of the funniest comedians I know and also the star of one of my favorite shows, Grace and Frankie (he’s also in Netflix’s new Mystery Science Theater 3000!). This was one of the most thought-provoking conversations I’ve had with anyone…

Skipping for my mental health 

​​ I used to do this for an hour every day when I lived in my truck. Everyone made fun of me, but they also thought it was hilarious. And it was! I got looks all the time cuz it wasn’t just in nature that I skipped. I did it in cities and towns or…

Usually I love being miserable in the wilderness…

​​  I usually like to suffer in the wilderness on some level. Builds character! But mosquitoes are the bain of my existence and boy are they hatching thanks to a wet winter. This is gonna be an interesting week! If I don’t lose my mind by Thursday I will consider this a victory. 

Being a woman anywhere 

So I had to go to town to pick up ice for our trip. The liquor store is where we always get our ice cuz it’s the best. As soon as I pulled into the parking lot with this giant cube truck, a young meth head type man (who I immediately sensed danger from and…

Episode 2 of my new podcast is up (w/Brock Wilbur!)

Episode 2 (with comedic genius, Brock Wilbur) Melanie goes high and low-brow with Brock Wilbur, discussing their changing POV and its impact on the biggest stories of their lives. The low-brow? The true meaning of “donkey punch”!

One of the most peculiar things I’ve gotten paid to do 

I’ve done a LOT of random jobs in my life, but this was especially true when I first moved to NYC. I was constantly searching Craigslist’s for work and I had no contacts or money so you can imagine how creative I got with the job search. But this job was probably one of the…

The Perks of Azheimers 

My dad prides himself on being a non-participator.  Like the old men in the balcony from the muppets, he looks down on people having fun and judges the shit out of them. That’s his rebellious, “freethinker” mentality. But also his pride and fear of looking stupid I think. I totally get this from him. Which…

The Question of When

My dad is a night owl, like typical Hamlett, and stays up til midnight every night (most patients head to bed around 6 or 7). There used to be a woman who stayed up just as late as him. She played solitaire at the kitchen table for hours and didn’t talk to anyone. This time…