The CWCW Blog

Why I Wrote the Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook

After more than two years in the making, and just days after the US and world announced goals to reduce food waste, I’m thrilled to say that Waste-Free Kitchen Handbook is here–released today! I describe it as a “light-hearted kitchen reference book packed with handy information to help reduce the amount of food wasted in [...]

The Year to Cheer for Women’s Rights

IN 1968, WHEN I was in college, I got my first camera. It was a small, cold machine that felt incredibly powerful — not like a gadget or a tool, but like a grenade, with the power to blow the lid off something big. By the early 1980s, I was living by my wits in New York City and was involved with anti-war photographer Philip Jones Griffiths. [...]

Growing Graciously

I WAS HEADED to the Amani Institute in Nairobi, Kenya after spending the previous week in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia visiting Global Good Fund Fellow, Bruktawit Tigabu of Whiz Kids Workshop. Faced with the precious gift of uninterrupted time, I found myself pondering why I was traveling to Africa the first place, especially at the tail end of being [...]

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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