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About ckmellor

A multi-genre writer, Colleen Kelly Mellor uses her considerable life experiences in her writing which is almost always laced with humor. Informed, opinionated (but not without reason,) she brings levity to life's tough and/or comical situations, in which she oddly finds a common thread.

The Year I Broke with Tradition

It was soon-to-be Christmas and all I knew was:  I couldn’t be home for the holidays. Why? Too much bad had happened. We were coming off two years of horror with my husband’s terminal disease.  He died on January 1st, … Continue reading

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Authors and Payback

To borrow a well-known phrase from best-selling author, Anne Lamott, in Bird by Bird: ‘If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.’ — My own version:  “You never want to piss off a writer, … Continue reading

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“These Are a Few of My Favorite Things…”

(A nativity scene my girls and I got in Cozumel, Mexico, years ago. We hand-carried it home. It’s now a colorful and cherished part of our tradition.) In the glass display case running along the corridor at Rhode Island Hospital, … Continue reading

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Christmas in Our Cape

  Our home glowed orange during the Christmas season, since that was the color of the candles Mom positioned in the windows throughout our two-floor Cape. I felt it a fine color—the glow seemed heavenly.  Some lights were tiers of … Continue reading

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Latest Reviews of My Guest-Speaking

Dear Colleen, “What a wonderful day we had at Leisure Learning. Everyone was so impressed with your presentation! You have inspired many from the youngest to the oldest.  You know from the audience’s response you held their attention to the … Continue reading

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Never Be Fooled by the Outer Package

27 years ago…. The scene is a party I hosted for my brother who’d accepted a physician position at George Washington University Hospital. He and his family would be leaving Sudbury, Massachusetts. We in the family all chipped in to … Continue reading

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Guest Speaker: Colleen Kelly Mellor

  Kathleen Monahan of Leisure Learning, St. Luke’s, East Greenwich, says:  “Thank you for the outstanding talk.You positively affect the lives of your audience (that was the talk from the group at lunch.) You gave us energy and courage. We … Continue reading

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The ‘Real Fabric’ of Kent County: Its People: The DeSilva Men—

(Picture above shows, from left to right: Albert, Richard, Manny, Arthur, and Eddie in succession.) The following story of mine appeared in the Kent County Daily Times. But to tell you the truth, in interviewing them,  I thought we might … Continue reading

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There I Was—Back at My Father’s Childhood Church

I’m pretty amazed at my life.  I never know where the next door leads. I just keep going through doors that present, trusting…even if, at times, I hesitate. A perfect example is what I’m embarked upon now—guest-speaking. You see, I’d … Continue reading

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Guest-speaking: A Hoot!

I’ve spoken at Plaza Esperanza and Wildberry Apartments in West Warwick, in past two weeks, and now will go before an audience at SS. Peter and Paul church, Highland Street, in Phenix, West Warwick, RI. on Wed. night, Oct. 19th. … Continue reading

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