Posts Tagged ‘Personal’

Smile! (If You Care)

Posted by melissa kandel on February 5, 2019 in business journey | No Comments

The smile is particular. You know the one I’m talking about. It happens when you take your first sip of coffee in the morning or on a Friday night when you throw your hands into the air in a crowded bar because the song is just that good. In the space of a moment, life […]

Read More

Message for a New Year

Posted by melissa kandel on December 31, 2018 in Personal | 5 Comments

What’s a late-December blog post without a few words to take with you into the new year? Nothing, I tell ya! Nothing. So, here are mine:

Read More

Grape Expectations (Or When Doing Good Goes Bad)

Posted by melissa kandel on October 4, 2018 in Personal | 7 Comments

I’m on a mission. Navigating the waters of my existence like a swashbuckling sailor, I’ve let feelings guide me instead of following some reliable, boring North Star. And what I’ve discovered along this mission is that it feels good to make someone else happy. So, with my boat lilting against the early autumn wind, I took off […]

Read More

On Office Space and Creative Vulnerability

Posted by melissa kandel on October 1, 2018 in business journey | 8 Comments

Hello. This weekend I embarked on a small but significant project: I carved out a little corner of my apartment and created an office space all my own. The desk, to be honest, was my first hurdle. It came Friday in an imposing box exactly 400 times the size of my 11-lb. dog, Austin, and […]

Read More

They Call Me a Narcissist

Posted by melissa kandel on February 4, 2018 in Personal | 22 Comments

I almost didn’t write this post. I almost didn’t hit the “publish” button and almost let these words disappear into lost-prose obscurity. Then I thought, “no.” I told myself to do it. Others out there might be having these same doubts, my inner monologue said. Others may too be dealing with a stranger who comments […]

Read More

To Understand My Mom

Posted by melissa kandel on November 8, 2017 in Personal | 107 Comments

That morning I ordered waffles, which I almost never do. Funny I can recall the waffles with such clarity (syrup-soaked, dense) and next the walk home along a Chicago street bordered by pudgy brownstones. It was a sunlit April day, the bitterness of Midwest winter finally releasing its grasp. My phone rang — “book the […]

Read More

Harvey Weinstein Isn’t the Only One

Posted by melissa kandel on October 11, 2017 in Hollywood | 1 Comment

Over the past week, I have been voraciously following the Harvey Weinstein story both as it played out in The New York Times and with more vivid, damnable detail today by Ronan Farrow in The New Yorker. A lot of people are now asking how this went on for so long. Why was Hollywood quiet […]

Read More