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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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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
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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