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…

Karaoke for alztheimer’s patients 

​​ My dad’s favorite caretaker and I did karaoke for the memory care unit again last night (we call ourselves Shell-anie). This Neil Diamond rendition ended up somehow turning into a st Patrick’s day tribute to immigrants lol. My Irish accent is terrible but this was super fun nonetheless. My dad was not impressed but…

My Latest Essay for Paste Magazine

  Click here to read. This one was super fun to write and involves some of the topics I address in my speaking engagements. It’s about Disney hating men as much as women, how out of control princess culture is, and how this dumb movie is the prequel to that other ridiculous movie, 50 Shades…