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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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If there’s one event I look forward to every year during Black History Month, it’s the celebration sponsored by the Toms River Branch of the NAACP and the Ocean County Library that combines food and community with a whole lot of soul. This year’s “Celebrate Black History Month” program is... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at God Talk and Tea
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One of our favorite experiences as a family of eight was dinner in our local diner, even when the youngest were still in diapers. The experience was magnified when we traveled across country with our best friends and their five children. The look on the servers’ faces when we walked... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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Today is a good day to write about failure, because today I was told that nothing I say is important – a defeating and discouraging thought, especially for a writer. They are words meant to wound, an intention that leads others to self-doubt. Most people, and particularly, most writers, struggle... Continue reading
Posted Dec 22, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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We were strangers in a strange land that first Christmas on Yale Avenue. Fresh from Newark by way of a post-World War II respite in Laurence Harbor, we had come ashore to find we were Catholics in a sea of Methodists. At first, they didn’t know what to make of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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This year Christmas will be very different for us and it’s taken some real effort on my part to adjust. My oldest son and his family, including my three young grandsons and a fourth in Childrens' Hospital of Philadelphia NICU will not be celebrating with us this year. They will... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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When my sons were young, I told them the story of Patrick, the penguin, who, even though he was poor, and a penguin, had the very best Christmas presence and he made a point to share it with everyone he knew who needed some Christmas cheer. My sons, not being... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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As a Catholic, I have a confession to make. I read, reflect on and often incorporate the wisdom of other religious teachers in my life. I have always felt it would be arrogant of me to suggest that God limits the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to only those of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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There are those friends in life who have such a way with a turn of phrase that they always keep you smiling, at least, or laughing, at best. I have such a friend, and no matter how poorly I may feel on any given day, her phone calls are sure... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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For a time, I have become the primary caregiver of my three young grandsons while their parents attend to their newborn who needs specialized care in an out-of-state hospital. I’ll be honest. It’s not an easy transition for someone in their sixties who has adjusted to working from home on... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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Many years ago I began writing a novel, “Ruby, The Life of the Funeral.” My first draft of many chapters was lost when my computer was taken hostage, my files encoded and ransomed for a price – a price I refused to pay. So I lost Ruby, several other books... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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Sometimes opportunities come into your life which are not only unexpected, but transformative. Sometimes it’s a new job, a powerful retreat, service to others, or time spent with the sick or dying. Sometimes, it’s as simple as spending time reading. This year I was blessed to be a part, in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2019 at God Talk and Tea
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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 Aug 17, 2019 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 Aug 16, 2019 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