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Marilyn Celeste Morris

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Marilyn Celeste Morris “was born in her grandfather's house in Toronto, Texas, a small Southern Pacific Railroad Section six miles west of Alpine. Perhaps as an omen of what would be the next twenty years of her life, the railroad's abandonment of this settlement shortly afterward left her with no "permanent" home.

Schooling consisted of Dependents' Schools while overseas, in Seoul Korea, 1946-47 and Linz, Austria (1949-1952) and various schools stateside. A rarity for a Military Brat, she was fortunate enough to have attended all three high school years and graduated at Lawton Senior High School, Lawton OK. Further education was attained at Cameron State College, Lawton OK, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth TX, and North Texas State University. She received an AAS Degree in Mental Health in 1995.

Marilyn Celeste Morris is the author of Once a Brat, Always a Brat, The Women of Camp Sobingo, The Unexplored Heart, My Ashes of Dead Lovers Garage Sale, The Cards We're Dealt: Life with Lupus Erythematosus, Forces of Nature, Sabbath's House and Sabbath's Room.

According to the book description of Once a Brat, Always a Brat, “Brat: Def: (1) An unruly child Def: (2) A child of the military We wear the Brat name with pride. Those who argue that the term is demeaning simply don t understand. Once a Brat, Always a Brat is not intended to be a serious study of children of the military. It is neither an apology nor a rallying cry for our unique experiences. While some of my fellow Military Brats, missionary kids, children of the diplomatic corps, oil company employees offspring and others raised outside their home country may find similarities in my narrative, I must emphasize that the first part of this book is based solely on events transpiring between 1938 and 1958, with comments on how the Military Brat experience affected my life. Other Military Brats have contributed to this book, writing about their experiences in their own words. A Resources section is included for those who are seeking information about the various organizations who can offer advice and counsel to our current Military Brats and their families.”

According to the book description of The Women of Camp Sobingo, “Four women of diverse backgrounds form a bond while en route to join their Army officer husbands in Korea in 1946. Their experiences in a far-flung military compound strengthen three of the women, but a fourth chooses to end her life there, and during a reunion twenty-five years later, long-held dark secrets and sorrows are revealed. The Women of Camp Sobingo shares the story of four women; friends who share the life of army wives in a strange land, with husbands who serve. Raising children, making do, enduring hardships, these women survive - all but one... There really was a Camp Sobingo, located outside the capitol city of Seoul, South Korea at the end of WWII. This military compound s cookie-cutter quarters was home to the women and children who joined their Army officer husbands during the US Occupation. The camp had a school, a post exchange, a dispensary, a commissary, and even a movie theatre (think MASH ). Ever-present, however, was the military presence, both Korean and our own US forces and the tyranny of the Russians located across the 38th parallel, who merely annoyed the dependents with their random denial of electricity to the American contingent. Most of the Americans had deployed to other assignments before June 25, 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea. Those remaining escaped safely, but The Land of the Morning Calm would never be the same.”

According to the book description of The Unexplored Heart, “Impoverished but proud Vanessa Danforth is forced from her mother's home by her new stepfather's treachery in 1860s England. After graduating from stenographer's school, she accepts a position at the estate of famed world explorer, Harrison Courtland. Made a widower by his wife s tragic death in the Himalayas, Courtland has retreated into his work while Vanni forges friendships with his daughter Katrin and the handsome physician from the neighboring estate. As Vanni encourages Courtland to unearth the ancient ruins at the edge of his property she discovers not only a stunning secret and a hidden treasure, but also her own heart's desire.”

According to the book description of My Ashes of Dead Lovers Garage Sale, “My Ashes of Dead Lovers Garage Sale and Other Adventures of a Single Woman of a Certain Age by Marilyn Celeste Morris A bit about My Ashes of Dead Lovers Garage Sale from Marilyn... The original column that this book takes its name from has been lost somewhere in the depths of my office. It s probably just as well, but the gist of the column was: My single blonde friend and I combined our households for a garage sale. While sorting through items, she would hold something up and ask something like: Where did you get this? Fortunately, she didn't add the word monstrosity. And my reply was usually something like: Oh, you remember old what's his name. He gave it to me when he got a guilty conscience for taking somebody else to ski in Aspen. Let's put a $.25 cent tag on it. And then, another object, with a similar answer. In sum, I had about six or seven unwanted gifts in the pile, all marked $.25 cents. That s all the memories of these guys are worth, I pronounced over a glass of wine (not for sale, incidentally.) Poor guys. If they only knew, their ashes were even now being spread over the garage, albeit in the form of their cheesy gifts to me.”

According to the book description of The Cards We're Dealt: Life with Lupus Erythematosus, “This book of experiences comes from 'Lupies' who have been 'there... this is not intended as any form of medical advice, but rather as Lupus to Lupus survivor support, and includes many entries and posts from sufferers and their friends and families intended to give comfort and support.”

According to the book description of Sabbath’s House, “Best selling author Joanna Elliott and her growing family are looking for another house because, quite frankly, finding bodies in the cellar and a psychotic old woman kidnapping her son were not events conducive to bringing her new child into the world. She discovers a charming old Victorian mansion owned only by women of the Emily Harris family, but the remaining heiress has no descendants to inherit. Once the family moves in, however, psychic black cat Sabbath encounters spirits determined to continue the legend, once again putting the family in peril.”

According to the book description of Sabbath's Room, “When New York writer, Joanna Elliott, flees her abusive husband to the Texas Hill Country, she and her six-year old son, Jason, unwittingly become a killer's prey. Despite Realtor Tommy Joe Greenleaf's warning that Wanda and Ralph Spencer had mysteriously disappeared from the remote farmhouse ten years earlier, Joanna moves in, and makes the sunroom into her office. Joanna adopts a cat from the local veterinarian, Sam Kelly, who tells her that Sabbath "had belonged to a witch." Immediately, unexplained events unfold: Joanna is locked overnight inside the storage shed, footprints appear under the sun room windows, and Jason's dog, Mournful, is found poisoned.”

According to the book description of Forces of Nature, “What will happen when a fully-fueled bomber from the Air Force bas jsut outside a large Texas city and piloted by a woman named Rory is flung by a fierce tornado into the country's largest, busiest shopping mall? Begin the day with the mall manager, his assistant, the chief security officer, and Howard the Weatherman - whose predictions are always uncannily accurate, and in this case - deadly.”

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