About Me

colleen kelly mellor--selfie at libraryMy writing’s eclectic, as is evident in my Op-Ed’s in the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Providence Journal. Then there’s my Grandpa and the Truck children’s books at (www.grandpaandthetruck.com), or my work on my current book, Retire Where? Upon invitation, I guest-speak also.

But I am almost always a humorist.

My Op-Ed’s encourage teachers in an ever-more-difficult career and remind readers of their childhood.

My Grandpa and the Truck children’s books, about a 30 year, big-rig driver who traveled the United States, moving households, have been heralded by parents, teachers, Women In Trucking (WIT) and the biggest international truckers’ association, OOIDA.

In my next book, Retire Where? (soon to be published,)  I talk about about the journey many of us make to identify our retirement home. I base it on my partner Paul’s and my 9 years, living in one of America’s top retirement towns–Asheville.

But it’ll be a fun and useful guide for all who contemplate a move….anywhere.

So, writing about teaching….trucking….moving out of state and back again.  As I said, I’m  eclectic.

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***Disclaimer: CKMellor asserts the opinions on this blog are solely hers and her work cannot be copied by others without the author’s written permission.

Contact her at ckmellor@cox.net.

8 Responses to About Me

  1. Jeremy Sencer says:

    Greetings!
    I stumbled upon your blog while reading the Projo editorial section. I believe I was one of your students in 1985. I have fond memories of Bain from the era you wrote about. I figure you might get a kick out of a couple things. First, you once wrote in my yearbook that I’d be a good writer some day. I’m not sure if that ever happened, but I did earn a journalism degree as an undergraduate. I ended up becoming a public middle-school teacher. I am still teaching and recently became the secretary of the Providence Teachers Union. I hope this message finds you well.
    Jeremy Aaron Sencer

    • ckmellor says:

      Jeremy…If I said that to you, on a yearbook, no less, it’s because you showed me that talent, for I wasn’t one to do that, often. Nice to hear that you’ve gone on to become middle-school teacher. As we know, when I taught, it was junior high…I eventually ended up, teaching in the high school, and now I am freelance writer…I’m sure someone told me one day that I could write, and I never gave up–tho’ it’s only in later years I;ve gotten regularly published (not bad for an era when they’re laying off so many journalists!) So, keep at it, and I’m glad we are reconnecting. Good Luck this year…There will be more posts on my Cranston teaching years…You might recognize some people…(I’ll camouflage them, of course.)

  2. James says:

    Hi Colleen,
    I enjoyed your commentary in today’s projo. It seems to me that people do not want to understand what teaching is really like. Education is something that is discussed outside of any context, ignoring the human element completely. So I thank you for sharing your story.

    • ckmellor says:

      James–Don’t know if you’re comfortable with it, but I try to get folks to put comments on the providencejournal.com website, so others know that situations of which I speak are not solely my experience. But know whatever you decide, I do appreciate your letting me know the article resonated with you….

  3. I understand you have a book or guide for senior citizens when buying or selling a house.
    Please let me know about it. Thanks.
    Debbie
    debbie_ri@hotmail.com

  4. Barbara Patterson says:

    Love your columns in the ProJo, especially the one written on March 8 on your life after teaching, which I am quickly approaching. I then read on your blog you are giving a Ted talk at Salve but it is by invite only. So..how do I get an invite?? Are tickets going to be available soon? I would love to attend. Any info you can provide would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so very much!

    Best,
    Barbara Patterson

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