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Category: Camino

Eat the cake. Drink the beer ...

Some who know me well might say the statement, "Alice is a disciplined person" is an understatement. I get it. I like a schedule, a rhythm, a routine. Some might call me tightly wound. That's ok. But let me tell you what the Camino taught me. It's ok to be disciplined in the every day. […]

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Don't miss your life ...

On the third day of walking the Camino I had a painful realization. I wanted to go back and start over. I had been so anxious, nervous, excited, uncertain as we started walking that very first day that I did not settle down enough to actually pay attention. I was overwhelmed with the beauty. I […]

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A very thin place ...

"Heaven and earth," the Celtic saying goes, "are only three feet apart, but in thin places that distance is even shorter." The Camino felt like a very thin place. The air heavy with the weight of centuries of pilgrims. The soil itself felt holy. I barely have words to explain it. But I do have […]

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God is shining through ...

I think one of the things I loved most about the Camino is that I was unplugged. Unhooked. Undistracted. I had no work to do other than to walk to our next destination. I only used my phone to take photos during the day. I listened to no news. I did not have to mow […]

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Always learning ...

The third day of the Camino I noticed the ferns. They were everywhere; growing - almost impossibly - out of the side of ancient stone walls. Ferns at every stage - baby ferns, newly unfurled ferns, old and established ferns, and even dry, brown ferns at the end of life. It was the baby ferns […]

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Be a stake for others ...

On the second day of the Camino I noticed the trees. So. Many. Trees. Old trees, new trees, fat trees, tall trees, perfect trees, broken trees ... Trees I had never seen before. I was dazzled. And then, there it was: a tiny, fragile, new tree staked to a large, knobby, deeply-rooted, older tree. It […]

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alice at dawn alice shirey blog
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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