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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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Featured: Busy and bored ...

Reading through some of my old books today and looking back on the treasures I underlined. Here's one, written in 1981 - 42 years ago, 2 years before the internet was invented, 23 years before social media became popular, 26 years before the first i-phone was invented. Picture life without those things ... how on […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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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