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Mary Regina Morrell
Ortley Beach, NJ
Just an ordinary person sharing the beautiful, difficult, mystifying journey of life with others on the same journey.
Interests: God, music, singing, philosophy, Hebrew, mysticism, ancient civilizations, animals, writing
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On a recent trip home from North Carolina, I picked up a small gift for family members who were dog sitting for the week. The small black and tan plaque read: “Money can buy you a fine dog, but only love will make the tail wag.” It was perfect for... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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Nothing brings with it more opportunities for joy, and the unexpected, than spending time with your grandchild. On Easter morning, my five-year-old granddaughter brought me a toy that was not working. She asked me to change the batteries, but we needed a special screwdriver and not one of her uncles... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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For many of us, tea is the start of a moment of comfort, a chance to unwind, regroup, slow down, physically and mentally. Sometimes, when the occasion is right, a "little something," to go with that tea brightens the moment. For my mom it was soda crackers, round thick creations... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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I love tea. I grew up with tea, for breakfast, a between meal treat, an after dinner relaxer, and, of course, whenever we had company. Tea is a fixer, especially when things get a little out of hand – like the day, many years ago when my cousin invited a... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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Several years ago, while visiting my son at the Renaissance Faire in Tuxedo, N.Y., he asked me to help an injured dragonfly that was sitting on the counter in the pub where my son was working. I cupped the dragonfly in my hands and held it there for an hour... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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As the weather grows warmer and we are able to spend more time on our backyard deck, it never fails to call to mind an image I have of my dad and one of my sons, a white-haired, blue-eyed handful of a child, perhaps four-years old at the time. I... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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My husband loves TV Westerns. After a long day working he winds down with a series of old favorites: Wagon Train, The Rifleman, Gunsmoke, or his favorite, The Virginian. If you ask him why he enjoys this genre he will tell you it’s because there is an actual story line... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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Well, I missed my chance for a St. Paddy’s Day blog post in honor of my sainted dad, Eddie Clifford, but the magic of leprechauns that lived in his heart is not a one-day kind of magic, so today’s the day. I never met my grandfather, my father’s father. He... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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Many people have morning rituals. Mine include stretching, prayer, a good cup of tea and catching up with on-line news I missed during the night. As might be expected from a person of varied interests, and a grandmother, I am often distracted by other interesting tidbits, like the recent story,... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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With Ash Wednesday approaching, the words of Pope Francis’ 2016 Ash Wednesday message are worth reflection: With great wealth and power, there often comes a “blindness … accompanied by the proud illusion of our own omnipotence, which reflects in a sinister way the diabolical ‘you will be like God’ (Gen.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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Can't believe I just discovered these 11 tips by George Orwell yesterday for the first time! It seems they were posted in the Evening Standard, Jan. 12, 1946. If you look up 'tea' in the first cookery book that comes to hand you will probably find that it is unmentioned;... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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Some years ago a friend asked why I didn't write pieces that were more theological, or offer in-services on St. Augustine instead of videos like "The Rabbi's Gift." I'm not quite sure he was satisfied with my explanation. Then I happened upon a wonderful book that I wish I had... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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After yet another of DT’s ignorant, racist comments, in which he questions why the U.S. has to accept people from “shithole” countries like Haiti and the continent of Africa, I saw a response from a supporter that encapsulates the dangerous racism, nationalism and arrogance that mars this country: “Like always... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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The past few weeks have included a number of frustrating experiences in businesses where I am a frequent customer – the pharmacy, the supermarket, the bank, and in other local stores which I visit rarely, but have now crossed off my list entirely, including two local fast food establishments. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2018 at Wellspring Communications
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Here we are at the start of Advent, and many of us are already saturated with Christmas. We’ve all talked about it, or griped about it – stores filled with Christmas before Jack-o-Lanterns were carved , round-the-clock Christmas movies on multiple TV stations before Thanksgiving turkeys were even delivered to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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So…today is National Cookie Day! Who knew? I didn’t until I saw it on Twitter. Not sure where all these national days come from, so I thought I'd look it up. This interesting tidbit of information came from Muppet Wiki (didn't know about that either!): National Cookie Day is a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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We had barely digested our Thanksgiving meal and I found myself out amongst the craziness looking for bargains. The parking lots were packed with everyone going every which way and the stores were over-crowded. We were filling our cart with things that we thought were great Christmas present deals and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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It's fall. I absolutely love the beauty of this season. It’s quiet and peaceful. I find it a good time for me to reflect on days gone by and those yet to come, before the hustle and bustle of the holidays begins. I like to be a little selfish during... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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Writers always have their favorite hangouts, places where they can observe life as it goes along its unexpected way. At one time, for me, it was the coffee shop in the local hospital, where I was spending many hours waiting for loved ones to get tested, have surgery, or recover... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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I'm just trying to make sense of it all. I can't seem to wrap my head around what happened. My heart aches and my eyes are swollen from hours of tears flowing from them. My emotions are raw, like an open wound, but there seems to be no bandage to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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With Thanksgiving around the corner, and Christmas not far behind, thoughts of gratitude and giving are close at heart. For those of modest means, the holidays are also a time to be mindful of money, to keep within a budget. But let’s face it, the pressure to spend is sometimes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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As we wait for the letter to come in the mail my anxiety grows stronger. When I lay my head on the pillow at night I find my mind racing with crazy thoughts, making it difficult to fall asleep. I can feel how restless I am as I toss and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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The “C” word. It’s that word! The one that no one ever wants to associate with, until you have no choice. Well that unspoken word crept up on me out of nowhere like a shadow in the dark. It was just a regular, boring Thursday until I got the call... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2017 at God Talk and Tea
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Mary, dearest Mother, Look on me today, Keep my soul for Jesus, Keep sin far away. Teach me how to love Him, As the Saints and Angels do, Teach me how to pray to Him, Simply, - just like you. Let me receive Him always With faith and joy and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at My Mother's Bread