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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: 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 […]

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 […]

What if?

Something to ponder this morning ... What if the church helped people become the kind of people who: Loved one another? Forgave one another? Prayed for one another? Bore one another's burdens? Were devoted to one another? Regarded one another as more important than oneself? Did not speak against one another? Did not judge one […]

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 […]

when the church itself doesn't believe ...

David Brooks wrote a very powerful essay in the Sunday New York Times editorial section of February 6. I have been pondering his thoughtful words since I first read them. I want to share just a few snippets to get your thoughts. Here is one paragraph that caught my attention: Russell Moore resigned from his […]

Covid ... a few thoughts

I got Covid a few weeks ago after two years of trying to avoid it. I am vaccinated and boosted. I was wearing a mask in public spaces. I still got sick; more sick than I had been in a few years. And of course, I passed it along to my husband. I ended up […]


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 […]

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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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