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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 […]

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Books I am loving ...

When kids become adults and move out, they often leave treasures behind. I tend to claim them as my own at that point. Seems fair. One lovely book left behind is Paula Greenberg's The Complete Psalms: The book of prayer songs in a new translation. I love so many things about Greenberg's translation of the […]

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Books I am loving ...

I read a lot. My mom used to find me in our living room sitting on the floor by my favorite chair, surrounded with piles of books I had checked out from the library. I cannot get enough. I want to share a few I am loving, one at a time. The first is a […]

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Joy ...

One night decades ago my extended family spent an evening at a local restaurant for dinner. We had a grand ol' time. The food was great, the drinks flowing, the conversation lively, the laughter loud and long. As we drove home, one of our kids, the youngest, asked from the very back seat of our […]

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A lesson from the magnolia ...

I saved my dwarf magnolia bush from a terrible disease last year. It bloomed like a prom queen this spring ... the parade of showy, bright pink flowers was never-ending. And then the frost came and took away all her color. But, but ... as her leaves danced to the ground and her flowers faded […]

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A simple Advent thought ...

I often feel pressure to make the Advent season meaningful. To eschew the hullabaloo of a commercialized Christmas season, the frantic shopping and decorating and baking. And to focus on more spiritual things, the reason for the season ... You know what, though? I like shopping for my people. I like the jolly energy of […]

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A good enough Thanksgiving ...

I feel pressure right now to post the perfect quote about gratitude, about gathering, about saying thanks, about ways we can make this Thanksgiving THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER! However, this makes me want to fall to the floor and never get up. Our consumer-driven economic machine force feeds us images of the perfect holiday 24/7. […]

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alice shirey alice at dawn blog

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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