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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: 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 […]

Giving thanks in the mess ...

… here comes Thanksgiving! I don’t know what you and yours are doing for the holiday, but me and mine are gathering in one big, loud, festive, dysfunctional fest! We do it every year. And every year I find myself disappointed in some aspect of our gathering … usually in myself. I don’t respond like […]

The details of life ...

My husband and I have been having conversation lately about the power of distraction and getting bogged down in the details and minutiae of life. I think it was Thoreau who said that life often is frittered away by details. For instance, we have been frittering our lives away with the details of getting a […]

The one prayer ...

If the only prayer you ever pray in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough. (Meister Eckhart)

When you are scared ...

I don’t know what you tend to do when you are scared, but I tend to freak out. I am not a “good” scared person, whatever that means. But I do have one thing I do that helps. I recite Psalm 23 aloud, from memory. I am not a huge “memorize passages of the Bible” […]

Meanness ...

I wrote yesterday about the power of kindness. Today, I want to write about the power of meanness. While roaming the halls of the hospital where my son was recovering, I overheard a patient spouting the most mean-spirited, vile opinions about immigrants to a custodian who was cleaning his room. I believe the custodian was […]

Be kind ...

Sorry for the absence. My son had emergency surgery a couple weeks ago and I had to make an unplanned trip out east. One major learning during this experience: Simple human kindness is a big deal. The morning after we received the distressing phone call that our son was in surgery I was on the […]

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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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