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Mary Clifford Morrell
Sharing the beautiful, difficult, mystifying journey of life with others on the same journey.
Interests: God, the human person,power of faith, mysticism, ancient civilizations, holistic healing, animals, writing
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Today I received an email in my inbox entitled “Being Human is Hard.” Every time I see or hear those words I still think back to the day of my father’s wake, more than 20 years ago. On that night, my youngest son chose to express his grief and love... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at God Talk and Tea
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"How did you know that?" It was a question my sons often asked of me, continually, surprised at how I knew things they had worked hard at hiding from me. “Moms know everything,” was my pat answer, and, for the most part, when mothers give credence to their intuition, they... Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at God Talk and Tea
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As children, there is something powerful about the stories told to us by our fathers. My time with my dad was always filled with family stories, made up stories, Bible stories or ancient myths and they all left an impression on my young heart. My dad was especially fond of... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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In a recent Facebook exchange about our treatment of immigrants at the border, I wrote, “America will suffer for the mistreatment of God’s children.” A Christian gentleman replied, asking, “How are we mistreating God’s children?” saying they have no right to feel mistreated if they come into this country illegally,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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As a child I grew up in a house without air-conditioning, a small, three-bedroom ranch with few windows. Air-conditioning made my mom sick, so there was no chance we would have any in the house. One year my dad finally convinced her to let him put a window unit in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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I’m a late-comer to the deliciousness of bread pudding, which has an ancient history and was often favored as a means to prevent wasting left-over bread. In my home, with six sons, I guess we rarely had any bread left over! Recently, my husband brought home a piece of bread... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2019 at My Mother's Bread
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Hanging on my kitchen wall is a little plaque given to me by my dear friend, John. He found it in a quaint Irish shop in Smithville and bought one for me and one for his wife, Rose. It reads, "Sharing a cup of tea with a friend is happiness... Continue reading
Posted May 28, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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The past few weeks have been full of work, family and a need for rest, all of which have been a factor in my falling behind with blog posts, columns and prayer intentions. I mused over what I could share that would be short but meaningful as I try to... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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“Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” The words of the minister hung in the air. I’ve heard them many times before. At this point in life, I’ve stood at the gravesides of countless loved ones and acquaintances, and each time I am struck by something different – the circumstances of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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Even in winter, there is no better way for me to clear my head when I am having trouble writing than a walk along the shore. Most often, the wind is biting and there is a soul-deep solitude hard to define. Sometimes I attribute it to the grayness of things;... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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Some of my favorite childhood memories recall taking rides with my parents. Sometimes we would take the bridge over the Normanskill Creek and stop for ice cream at Tasty Freeze, or drive around on election day evening looking for bonfires, or ride up and down city streets admiring Christmas lights.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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“So shall we come to look at the world with new eyes.” What an extraordinary way to begin the New Year – if only we could do it. The words are those of American philosopher and essayist, Ralph Waldo Emerson, from his essay, “Nature,” in which he reflects on the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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On the first Christmas, the angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds, assuring them, “I bring you tidings of great joy;” news bringing them not an ephemeral experience of happiness, but a deep, abiding experience of peace and an assurance of God’s love. “Joy is the air Christians breathe,”... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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Today I was watching a movie about Samuel Clemens. He was getting into a stagecoach and smoking a cigar. It annoyed the female passenger next to him, but instead of throwing it out the window, Samuel simply waved his hand at her and told her she’d get used to it.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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“I hear that in many places something has happened to Christmas; that it is changing from a time of merriment and carefree gaiety to a holiday which is filled with tedium; that many people dread the day and the obligation to give Christmas presents is a nightmare to weary, bored... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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As the October anniversary of my mother’s death passes, and the Feast of All Souls approaches, it is inevitable that I would recall the many wakes and funerals of my loved ones. There were particularly memorable moments at each one – some painful, some disturbing and some actually funny. When... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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Many years ago, I was asked to cover a concert for the diocesan newspaper where I worked. I already had another event scheduled that day, but something nudged me to rearrange my schedule and accept the assignment in a nearby church. The music was being performed by a group of... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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When it comes to nightmares, it’s all relative. Last night, while watching an engrossing movie with my son and daughter-in-law, we suddenly heard inconsolable cries coming from my four-year-old granddaughter sleeping upstairs. “She’s having a nightmare,” her mom said, as both parents scrambled off the couch to check on her.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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The solid maple dining table is considered vintage now. If things go as I pray they will, it’s well on its way to becoming a cherished antique. Just recently, it went out the door of my house, where it settled after my parents’ home was sold, never to return. Safely... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2018 at My Mother's Bread
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Pumpkin spice coffee is making its comeback, to the delight of some and the chagrin of many. T’is not the season for pumpkin, they say. Those who wait out the winter with dreams of sun, sand and sea are not ready, mid-August, to move into fall. Me … I can’t... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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When I get a late call from my daughter-in-law, my worried grandmother persona takes over as I answer the phone. “Hello?” I say, with trepidation. “Mary, when you write your screenplay, I want Jennifer Lopez to play me.” She is relentless. And she keeps me laughing. For the past year... Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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Many years ago, when I thought I would be boiling and coloring eggs and planning a dinner for my large family, I ended up spending the week before Easter in the hospital with my youngest son. It was certainly unexpected, but life doesn’t ask you if you’re prepared before it... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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Otis Redding sang about it – some "girls they do get weary. They have their grief and cares." Today, I'll admit it. I'm one of those girls. I’m weary … a bone-tired, overwhelming exhaustion that doesn’t get better with a cup of coffee, a walk in the fresh air or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2018 at God Talk and Tea
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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