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About: Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Full Name Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein
Melissa Langsam Braunstein, a former U.S. Department of State speechwriter, is now a freelance writer. She writes primarily about parenting and pop culture for a variety of publications, including Acculturated, where she is a Staff Writer. She shares her writing at and tweets as @slowhoneybee. Melissa lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and delightful daughter.

Posts by Melissa Langsam Braunstein:

  • Jul 14 2011
    The Hazing I Never Had

    I went to one of those colleges that lacked a Greek scene. That was alright with me, since I never really thought of myself as a Greek gal – until now. Since giving birth, I’ve been working on pledging my … Continue reading


  • Jun 23 2011
    You Know You’re a New Mother When…

    “Are you my mother?” That baby bird’s question is the single most memorable line from my childhood library. As a newly minted mother it strikes me that a sequel to that story is in order. After all, it’s not just … Continue reading


  • Apr 27 2011
    Evading the Evil Eye

    Pregnancy can make a woman superstitious. I have never been superstitious, and yet, when the doctor called last August to say I was pregnant, I didn’t know what to do. I only knew that I didn’t want to mess up … Continue reading


  • Apr 15 2011
    The Ninth Month

    How am I feeling? Funny you should ask. Though I prefer not to complain, I’m in my ninth month of pregnancy. So I’m thrilled at the prospect of meeting this baby I’ve been carrying. But I’ve been carrying her for … Continue reading


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