Unveils the rich tapestry of adventure and purpose just below the surface of our ordinary lives.
“In the eighteen pithy essays comprising Effwords, Mark Morelli deftly explores the power of words and writing. Riffing on small items such as a broken, abandoned umbrella, a plucked autumn leaf, and a stick tossed into a river, Morelli unveils the rich tapestry of adventure and purpose just below the surface of our ordinary lives. He also declares the communicative nature of jazz the perfect model for dinner conversation, and poses questions after each essay, inviting his readers to continue the conversation. All avid readers — writers, both new and seasoned, as well as teachers, students, and book club members — will find themselves delighted to follow Morelli’s lead.”
"Mark Morelli is a meaning maker with a love of mystery and humor. He must have read Jesus' parables many times since a few of his short tales have that same snap, crackle, and pop of surprise." -Frederic and Mary Brussat, Spirituality & Practice. Read entire review.>
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Each short essay is just the beginning of a conversation that you can continue with your students, your friends...and yourself.
From the book's introduction: These pieces all began as notes impulsively written on scraps of paper. In bank lines. Stop lightsIn the margins of grocery lists. Anywhere. They evolved into conversations with myself that grew till they took shape into essays that editors liked enough to publish.
Years passed. I now see that what I explored then are ideas even more important to me today.
Yes, it's gimmicky to entitle this collection Effwords, but I believe words count. In thinking about one big word that has lost its value in overuse, I look at the other effwords that represent life's biggest joys, sorrows and conflicts.
When we grapple with these words and the concepts behind them, we experience the challenges of life and its fullness.
This is me and the pen, wrestling with the profane and the sacred, and trying to figure out which is which. -Mark Morelli
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