alice at dawn alice shirey blog

Category: Darkness

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 […]

Read
Our inhumanity

The brilliant American writer and activist James Baldwin wrote, “Please try to remember that what they believe, as well as what they do and cause you to endure does not testify to your inferiority but to their inhumanity.” James Baldwin - A Letter to My Nephew Hate crimes against our Black neighbors are not new […]

Read
She who will always be alone ...

I have written in the past about my penchant for homesick feelings. Of course, I feel them most often when I am away from home. One of my biggest fears about walking the Camino was that I would feel alone, sick for home; a dark melancholy familiar to my heart. I shared this with my […]

Read
What to do when the world is at war (#6)

It is so tempting, when we witness what seems like pure evil, to point fingers, cast judgment and draw a sharp distinction between the darkness we see in others with the light we believe constantly emanates from our own souls. In times of war when good and evil appear glaringly obvious we are presented with […]

Read
What to do when the world is at war ...

How do we approach an average day while across the ocean pregnant women are bombed to death? How do we think about errands while men leave their families at the border to go back and fight to the death? How do we sit in front of our glowing television screens and watch cities pounded into […]

Read
Consolation ...

Some people I love are burying a precious, deeply loved, way too young child. I don't have words for the sadness. Sometimes poems speak for my broken heart. This one does: "And this is the consolation - that the world doesn't end, that the world one day opens up into something better, and that we one […]

Read
Load More
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.

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

Subscribe!

Subscribe and get notified every time I publish a new post.