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Mellissa Kimberley

Mother, Artisan, Lifelong Learner

Mellissa Kimberley is a stay-at-home mother of four, wife of a B.C. public school teacher, and an avid crafter. She spent many years working with intellectually disabled adults and children, and volunteers in her children's schools and at church. She loves to curl up with a good documentary and some weaving, embroidery or knitting once the kids are tucked into bed.

In her spare time, she can be found re-creating the Middle Ages, pursuing a wide variety of crafts, or reading anything that will enrich her life. She maintains a blog that she tries to keep up-to-date, which is a challenge when life is as busy as it is in her house!
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A Normal Sunday, At Last

The early afternoon sun brightens the kitchen as it shines down through the skylight; I can hear my two youngest children, managing to not bicker and argue their way through Lego Star Wars on the TV, and I'm sitting across the kitchen table from my teacher husband, typing this as he plots out his Socials 8 course for the year. This is the first Sunday in months that feels normal for us.
09/21/2014 11:48 EDT
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The Last Day of School

As families in B.C. prepare for the long-awaited return to school, I am inspired to sit down and write out my own reflections of this past summer. In countless movies, we see children hard at work on their first day of classes, writing out their first essay of the school year. And so, I take a page from that to bring you "What I Did On My Last Day Of School."
09/19/2014 02:14 EDT
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B.C. Teachers' Strike 2014: At What Cost?

These past three months have been an exercise in spinning plates, deciding what bills must be paid now and which can sit for a month; making those excruciatingly embarrassing phone calls to utility companies to ask for extensions, explaining our circumstances and hoping for an understanding and lenient person on the other end of the phone. I can't help but shake my head, because shouldn't teachers with their professional training be able to make ends meet better than this?
09/17/2014 06:15 EDT