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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: Homesick

When I was young, I was often homesick. I hated sleepovers and called my folks to pick me up before the fun started. I despised Girl Scout camps and feigned illness to escape. I didn't like being away from home; it left me with an ache in my soul I couldn't put words to. I […]

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Homesick

When I was young, I was often homesick. I hated sleepovers and called my folks to pick me up before the fun started. I despised Girl Scout camps and feigned illness to escape. I didn't like being away from home; it left me with an ache in my soul I couldn't put words to. I […]

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Trees feel no shame

"A tree gives glory to God by being a tree." Thomas Merton Merton continues, "The more a tree is like itself, the more it is like Him. If it tried to be like something else which it was never intended to be, it would be less like God and therefore it would give Him less […]

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Sublime places

I hiked 6 miles this weekend through some land we own out in the country. The footing was not easy - lots of snowy paths, slippery lanes, soggy trails. But the scenery took my breath away, so the slogging was worth it. The photo at the top of this post is one I took that […]

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Shame and our bodies

I am training (I use that term loosely) to walk the final 100k of the ancient Camino de Santiago trail in April. This means I am walking four times a week and gradually increasing my mileage. Though I have been an athlete my entire life this doesn't spare me from age-related aches and pains. My […]

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Shame - male/female

I don't normally like generalizations about gender. You know, statements like, "Most women are ..." and "Men tend to be like ..." But when a researcher has actual data to back up generalizations, I tend to take notice. Brene Brown has made a name for herself in both pop culture and academia with her research […]

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Shame ...

I taught yesterday at my church on the topic of shame. I have immersed myself in books on the topic and am stunned by what I am learning. Shame is ancient and universal. It competes to control us at all times. Way too many of us live under the shadow of shame and we don't […]

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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.

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