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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 […]

These are my heroes now

I just started a training regimen for my Camino journey in April. Though I have been an athlete my entire life, walking over 10 miles a day for a week deserves some respectful and appropriate training, especially for my middle-aged feet. So I started with low mileage and am walking - diligently - four times […]

Just jump!

A dear friend text me last weekend with an invitation of a lifetime - Would I join her and a few other spectacular women to walk part of the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain? I was just sitting down to a warm cup of coffee and a lazy Saturday morning when my phone pinged […]

Our incessant aching

"We are infinite souls inside finite lives and that alone should be enough to explain our incessant and insatiable aching." Ronald Rolheiser This is why I - and many of you - have a proclivity toward melancholy. This is the sadness that lives deep down in our souls; that we feel in our bellies. This […]

A proclivity toward melancholy

Hi. I'm Alice and I have a proclivity toward melancholy. And as the days grow short and the cold settles in, I almost revel in this proclivity. I spend more time in my flannel pj's, candles lit, soft music playing, cozy socks on my feet and deep books about waiting and suffering and well, melancholy, […]

A world of sound and fury

This is a strange new world we are living in. A world of distance and a world of deep connection with all humanity. A world of fear and a world of hope. A world of confusion and a world being deluged with facts and pseudo facts. A world of silence and a world of "sound […]

May you find deep comfort

We have a great version of the entire Messiah we love to listen to during the Advent and Christmas season. In fact, we had to buy 2 CDs so both my husband and I could listen in our cars, lest an Advent fight erupt. The very first words sung are these: “Comfort … comfort ye, […]

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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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