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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 the pandemic has taught me anything, it’s how adept we are at creating “the other.” With more time to read, research and actually pay attention, I began to recognize more fully the need we have for the “other,” that fluid group, or class, against whom we define ourselves as... Continue reading
Posted Jul 16, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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After the death of my dad, I wanted to do something special to honor him. It was then that I was given the chance to write a weekly column entitled “Things My Father Taught Me.” About a year after the column was first published, a workshop participant came to me... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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One of my favorite places to visit when we vacationed on the Outer Banks of North Carolina was a small book store in the town of Buxton. Set in a charming old house whose property stretched back to the placid waters of the Pamlico Sound, the ambiance of the place... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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Ramen noodles. By some, they’re considered a blessing. By others, a curse on good nutrition, but I never thought they would be fodder for a profound moment of insight from a three-year old. During lunch, I asked my grandson to tell me about his favorite foods. We ended up talking... Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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As we pulled into the diner for lunch, I noticed a large black bird with a wide wing span swooping overhead. As I exited my car and walked toward the building, I realized the bird, a black vulture, had alighted on the roof edge along the gutter, now perched wing-to-wing... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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Many would say that in order to be happy in life you must first know your passion. I’ve always considered writing as my passion, but if that were true, I would have finished at least one of the three novels I started years ago. Now, having reached senior status, I... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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It is not unusual for an important truth to come rolling, unobstructed, from the mouth of babes. Our challenge is to pay attention. One of these priceless moments was gifted to us on a day when my husband decided to take two of our young granddaughters bike riding to a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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With the first snow of winter upon us, and the animals in our manger completely covered, I realized the bird feeder was again empty. A brightly colored blue jay sat on the deck railing and looked in the window of the living room where I sat with my morning coffee.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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It’s amazing how many interesting stories you hear when you’re cloistered in a ladies room stall. It seems that some people still carry the notion of children, that if we can’t see someone, they can’t see, or hear, us. That leads to a lot of uninhibited prattle destined to become... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at God Talk and Tea
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It has always been my habit to stay up late at night, beyond the time when everyone else has gone to bed. It stemmed from having lots of little children in the house and very little quiet time, except when twelve little feet were tucked under the blankets. There was... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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Taking a walk during the summer months is often uncomfortable for me. I find the warm weather oppressive and yearn for the crisp enchantment of autumn. Now, as I walk with dappled leaves falling, I am stirred by vague memories of long walks home from school under a harvest moon,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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Having recently observed a very contentious exchange between a customer and waitress at a local diner, fueled with great pleasure and precision by the customer, I have to wonder why people feel that being loud, abusive and rude is something of which to be proud. This woman not only seemed... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2020 at My Mother's Bread
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As a Christian, and a grandmother, I have been supporting Grannies Respond/Abuelas Responden for a long time. My small donation isn’t much compared to the personal presence of so many in the group. Their recent newsletter featured a poem from Kali Bird Isis, one of the original 30 Grannies, who... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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Plant what is right. Then you will harvest good things (Hosea 10:12) As Catholics, we are taught from a young age about the power of seeds, even those as small as a mustard seed. We are taught to plant those seeds that will allow all people to harvest what is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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One of the things I’ve missed greatly during the past six months of living life in various stages of quarantine is time spen t with friends. And if ever there was a time when we needed those shared experiences, it’s been the past six months. Right now, for me, all... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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A lovely virtual Mass, marked by the lilting tones of an equally lovely Irish monsignor, was an opportunity to reflect on a homily which contrasted King Midas, of Greek mythology fame, and King Solomon, beloved of God and biblical author. Both kings were given the opportunity to have one wish... Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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Many years ago while visiting Ocracoke Island, one of the barrier islands of the Outer Banks in North Carolina, I visited an old graveyard dating back to the time of the Civil War. The headstones were lined up in tight rows, almost touching one another. What caught my eye were... Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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The morning news disturbs me. I know what I’m going to see and, yet, I am regularly overwhelmed at the capacity of human beings to hurt each other, not just in small ways, which are damaging enough, but with viciousness and a total disregard for the life of another person.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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In the morning I cry, O Lord, tears fill my eyes and so gently slide down my cheeks. Why do I shed tears at the break of day? Maybe it is the time I stop and remember the pain and grief that surrounds me. Another request for prayer, another admitted... Continue reading
Posted May 24, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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Adding Memorial Day to the long list of observances that would need some reinvention since New Jersey went on corona Co-Cathedral of St. Robert Bellarmine parishioner, Peggy Klotz, brings donations to a distribution table lock down March 21 is a given. Cemeteries will be open so that families and friends... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2020 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 May 16, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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In his president’s note for the spring issue of Preservation Magazine, Paul Edmondson, president and CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation writes, “Now more than ever, we can look to our history for courage, comfort, and inspiration. As a nation, we have overcome existential challenges in the past,... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at Wellspring Communications
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“What are we going to do without Mike?” The sentiment came from a Facebook post after the death of a family member, the cousin of a special friend of mine. As I read it, I suddenly became acutely aware of the thousands of Mikes who have left our lives because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at God Talk and Tea
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This insightful and informative piece was excerpted from an larger article from IREX, a global development and education organization. While the information is directed primarily to students and teachers, in this day and age, these are essential steps for all those who wish to hone their skills for navigating the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2020 at Wellspring Communications
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So here I am, creating a little fantasy – a room in a beach house which we no longer have, a room where I watched the wildlife through the open door, listened to the ocean and wrote; a house that I have missed so much I have never been back... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2020 at Fugitive at the Beach House