It took two decades of destroying myself to like this body 

(All photos taken in Folegandros, Greece this week) I spent two decades of my life destroying my body cuz I thought I was fat. The really fucked up part is that I was always a tall skinny kid and teenager (and a feminist too!!) and yet for some reason I thought I was a lard…

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…

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…

My Dad Can Still Laugh at Sad Things 

There are a lot of new residents at the memory care center and they’re amazing. One of them is this whipper snapper, Mr. L. Unlike most the residents who are somewhat sedentary or zombie ish at times) him and Ms. M (who they call the trouble maker) have tons of energy and wander around like…

I’ve Got My Own Podcast Now

So I have my own podcast now. (I know, everyone has a fucking podcast now lol) Since my hour-long Risk episode (Unbreakable) was so popular, I realized just how much I love telling stories one-on-one with a mic in a room instead of it always being to a larger live audience. It’s far more intimate…

My Dad, The Rebellious Vet

   My dad has always been a super smart dude. When he kept seeing men his age getting drafted and shipped off to Vietnam only to get shot on the front lines, he said “fuck that shit!” But instead of fleeing to Canada, he enlisted in the navy since they were always on ships and…

Turning 39 is a bitch! 

My 20’s were about exploring my options and trying to figure out what all I could do and who the hell I was. I’m pretty clear on all that now and, after a shit ton of work, I really like myself finally. It was also a time when it was totally okay to be lost…

PODCAST: The Most Important Story I’ve Ever Told

My domestic violence story just came out today on Risk! They dedicated the whole hour to my story (instead of having four performers like usual)  cuz Kevin is awesome and he thought this story might help a lot of people (it’s funny though I swear!). This right here is the real Melanie Hamlett. This is…

This Fan of My Work Gave Me a Free Haircut Yesterday

(Nashville, TN) This girl I went to high school with offered to cut and treat my hair for free cuz she saw me dealing with my dad’s illness via Instagram, said she loved all my stories, and thought I could use some love’n. Mind you, I’ve never even hung out with this sweet angel before…