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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 […]

Perfect, but not quite perfect ...

When my kids were little I thought it would be a good parenting move to put them in piano lessons with a woman down the street. Marjena was from eastern Europe and spoke with a thick accent. In the waiting area of her home, she prominently displayed a photo of herself in a feathery boa, […]

Ontological Lightness ...

For the first time in decades I don't have an official job. I feel free and untethered. Like a bird with no place to land who, while feeling a bit disquieted, is finding great joy in riding the updrafts and downdrafts of the breeze. In the past, this sense of being jobless, free and untethered […]

The higher poet ...

When I preached at my church, I had to learn how to leave space between my words. It took me over a decade before my brave husband finally said to me, "You throw punch after punch at me, thought after thought ... I need you to give some space between your thoughts so I can […]

The ceaseless frenzy ...

William James - the great philosopher and psychologist - talked about the “ceaseless frenzy” in which we always feel that we “should be doing something else.” Do you ever feel this way? You sit to read and you think, "I should be doing something more productive." You watch TV but keep flipping channels, sure that […]

What's your story?

I read an essay about the new congressman, George Santos. It made me sad. Not only that a person would feel the need to embellish their resume to win an election, but that a person would feel their real life was so inadequate they would lie so blatantly. A quote within the essay caught my […]

Here's to the caregivers!

I have been away from writing for a few weeks. Holidays and all, yes ... But I have also been thrust into the world of caregiving, a world I have enjoyed being away from since the intensive days of motherhood and having kids at home. My husband, Chuck, has had chronic pain from a failed […]

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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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