Melanie Nelson

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San Diego  ·  I write children's books. Among other things. OK, mostly other things.This space is mostly devoted to the aspirational me.
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Frugal Friday's Workwear Report: Gathered Waist Side-Tie Top - Corporette.com

Frugal Friday's Workwear Report: Gathered Waist Side-Tie Top - Corporette.com

A humpback whale jumps out of the ocean.

A humpback whale jumps out of the ocean.

Last December, former LA Weekly food editor Katherine Spiers and longtime contributor Tien Nguyen came up with a plan to publish a restaurant guide for LA. The idea was to recapture the spirit of one of the oldest LA food guides around, created by Jonathan Gold at the LA Weekly in 2005, and re-shape the model …

Last December, former LA Weekly food editor Katherine Spiers and longtime contributor Tien Nguyen came up with a plan to publish a restaurant guide for LA. The idea was to recapture the spirit of one of the oldest LA food guides around, created by Jonathan Gold at the LA Weekly in 2005, and re-shape the model …

The book town of Fjærland, Norway.

The book town of Fjærland, Norway.

An illustration of ships caught up in the Great Storm of 1703 (Credit: Alan King/Alamy)

The Great Storm of 1703 caused damage across southern Britain, and encouraged novelist Daniel Defoe to write a pioneering book of journalism and science

The Jedi religion—inspired by the Star Wars franchise—has already earned tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. But can it prove its spiritual legitimacy to a skeptical public?

The Jedi religion—inspired by the Star Wars franchise—has already earned tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service. But can it prove its spiritual legitimacy to a skeptical public?

These Photos Will Change the Way You Think About Race in Coal Country by John Edwin Mason — YES! Magazine

These Photos Will Change the Way You Think About Race in Coal Country by John Edwin Mason — YES! Magazine

When the white establishment ignored these black photographers, the Kamoinge collective was born

When the white establishment ignored these black photographers, the Kamoinge collective was born

Design’s Lost Generation – Mike Monteiro – Medium

Design’s Lost Generation – Mike Monteiro – Medium

A scene from the Westminster Tournament Roll, showing John Blanke, an African trumpeter who worked for Henry VIII.

A scene from the Westminster Tournament Roll, showing John Blanke, an African trumpeter who worked for Henry VIII.

Social media exploded in admiration and wonder at his effort to explain how computers work—without computers.

Social media exploded in admiration and wonder at his effort to explain how computers work—without computers.

Previously it was assumed that only a tsunami could be that powerful.

Previously it was assumed that only a tsunami could be that powerful.

Abolition Teapot, by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, c. 1760. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Abolition Teapot, by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, c. 1760. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Flickr (CC BY 2.0).

Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 Years

Iceland Is Growing New Forests for the First Time in 1,000 Years

“Rope and knots are the building blocks of civilization. They pervade all aspects of our world.”

“Rope and knots are the building blocks of civilization. They pervade all aspects of our world.”

Hawaii: Where Evolution Can Be Surprisingly Predictable - The Atlantic

Hawaii: Where Evolution Can Be Surprisingly Predictable - The Atlantic