The CWCW Blog

The Sewing Kit

I’VE BEEN BUSY lately. Every day or two, I take some time to sort through the items that defined my parents’ lives: files, old documents – Russia, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, USA – yellowed deeds to properties long sold, faded photographs, birth certificates. My father’s diploma for an apprenticeship as a furrier, completed. A letter [...]

Hello Sandi Klein Listeners!

NOW THAT I’M a bit more settled in, I wanted to take this time to introduce myself. My name is Melanie Breault –pronounced “bro,” and yes, that is for real, and no, I am not a “bro,” – and I am the new Web Editor and Social Media person for Sandi Klein’s Conversations with Creative Women! I really can’t express how excited I am about [...]

Shifting Focus

A FEW YEARS ago on the eve of retirement, I decided to try my hand at filmmaking. I should add that I had no training in film, just a sudden desire to see if I could do it.  As it turned out, this was the start of a new vocation in documentary film and with it came a sense of renewal and growth. As a college professor for 30 years, I had spent [...]

It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll & I LOVED it!

When the movie “Almost Famous” came out in 2000 I was the first rock chick at the screening. I imagined the reality of my life was somewhere between the characters of the nerdy rock journalist and Penny Lane, the cool groupie who saw herself more as a “Band Aid” than a girlfriend.   “Aw, man. You made friends with them. See, friendship is the [...]


I GUESS I have always been a storyteller. Even as a child, I loved listening to my family talk about the ‘old days’ and then I’d retell those stories with my own twists and emphasis. In the South, storytelling is a part of family bonding. So, while it was not the initial plan, it is no surprise that I ended up telling stories [...]

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