Melissa Balmain

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Melissa Balmain is a journalist, humorist, and editor whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, McSweeney's, and elsewhere. The author of Walking in on People, an award-winning poetry collection, she teaches writing at the University of Rochester. For more of her work, please visit

Articles by Melissa Balmain

Can Tidying Up Your Home Fix Your Messy Life?

Can a tidying bible save us from our inner demons of sloppiness?

March 6, 2016

Want to Reach Your Potential? Then Be a Learner

Other family members were playing pingpong. They were reading novels, doin

November 29, 2015

4 Ways to Make Your Life Easier (They're Shockingly Simple

Last summer on a family vacation in the Catskills, it occurred to me that

November 18, 2015

Want More Charisma? It All Starts With Your Mind

How to mix and master the 3 mental traits of charismatic people: presence, warmth and power

October 29, 2015

The 4 Kinds of Naps and What They Can Do for You

Naptime, noun: Something you resist your entire childhood, then gui

October 28, 2015

5 Great Reasons to Read Books Aloud

“Fuming, Harry descended the stairs to Snape’s dungeon... ” Moments ago

September 11, 2015

6 Life Lessons from Mom That Have Inspired and Guided Me

I was a buck-toothed, knobby-kneed kid who thought for years that “finding

August 13, 2015