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A breath of fresh air for your mind.

Have you been prioritizing your daily to-do lists over life’s bigger picture? It can be so easy to get caught up in tasks and forget to foreground life’s mysteries once in a while. So set aside just five minutes and join me on Alice at Dawn as we ponder thought-provoking questions and navigate our complex world together.

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Featured: We are all narcissists ...

Referring back to my post about Henri Nouwen's keen insight into the human dilemma ... Ronald Rolheiser, the author of the book The Shattered Lantern, outlines three factors that keep many of us "busy and bored," frantic to get through our days, but left wondering if, in the end, there is any purpose to all […]

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We are all narcissists ...

Referring back to my post about Henri Nouwen's keen insight into the human dilemma ... Ronald Rolheiser, the author of the book The Shattered Lantern, outlines three factors that keep many of us "busy and bored," frantic to get through our days, but left wondering if, in the end, there is any purpose to all […]

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To be wise ...

My favorite Presbyterian pastor (aside from my grandpa and my uncle and my aunt) said: "To be wise is to be eternally curious." (Frederich Buechner, 1926-2022) Oh could this world use more wise people ... Have you ever been around someone who is eternally curious in the best of ways? Pure delight ...

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Busy and bored ...

Reading through some of my old books today and looking back on the treasures I underlined. Here's one, written in 1981 - 42 years ago, 2 years before the internet was invented, 23 years before social media became popular, 26 years before the first i-phone was invented. Picture life without those things ... how on […]

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Learning to re-spect God ...

I resigned from professional ministry three months ago. I have not attended church since. But, God and me? Never better. I have new eyes. I am seeing everyone and everything with eyes wiped clean. I have been starkly reminded that God is not contained - and never has been - within the four walls of […]

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Is it time to be?

I woke up thinking of spring. I know it is the dead of winter. The trees frosted with snow, our bedroom cold as my feet hit the floor. The pull to remain warm under my comforter is strong. This morning, this glorious snowy morning, though, I thought of the spring birds that often wake before […]

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A thought ...

The poet Mary Oliver writes, "May I be the tiniest nail in the house of the universe, tiny but useful." Ponder that today, friends. Let your ego take a rest. Stop striving. Do what is yours to do and do it with great love and great joy. Be the tiniest nail in this great big, […]

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A mental breath of fresh air.

There is sometimes a perception that because I have been a pastor for the past 20 years and have been counseling at least as long, that I have my whole life together.

But honestly, that’s not always the case.

I struggle with many of the same things that you do, and that’s one of the reasons I write Alice at Dawn. So that we can tackle those questions together.


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Welcome to Alice at Dawn. My short posts are meant to be regular reminders to keep walking, to keep living, to continue to listen to the voice deep within your spirit that whispers ... this is the way. Walk in it.

Please join us, and invite others ... You are very, very welcome here.

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