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Foolishness? No, It’s Not

I am a little rushed, but found some time to sit and work with the blog. I was unable to spend the time answering all the comments, but hope to find some time late after we do a bit more visiting. As well, I apologize for not attending to the awards that we so generously bestowed on me. I will attend to them when we get home after the New Year.

I think, as I enter 2013, there will be considerable change upcoming for me professionally. I look forward to some times of transition and building relationships like I have over the past few months with this blog. Mary Oliver always seems to find the words I seek as I look ahead.

Sometimes I spend all my day trying to count the leaves on a single tree. To do this I have to climb branch by branch and write down the numbers in a little book. So I suppose, from this point of view, it’s reasonable that my friends say: what foolishness! [He's] got [his] heads in the clouds again.

But it’s not. Of course I have to give up, but by then I’m half crazy with the wonder of it–the abundance of the leaves, the quietness of the branches, the hopelessness of my effort. And I am in that delicious and important place, roaring with laughter, full of earth-praise.

Take care friends, ring in the New Year, and be safe my friends.

About ivonprefontaine

I have been an educator for almost 20 years. Prior to that, I worked in private industry for 15 years, then returned to university to earn my education degree. For the past 11 years, I have been a co-creator of learning in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. A main theme in my learning there has been the roles of systems thinking, complexity theory, and organizational theory, and how they apply to education generally and the learning environment I share with students, parents, and colleagues.

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  1. Have a good celebration and may all you wish for happen in 2013.

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  2. Thanks, Ivon, for sharing “the wonder of it all.” Wishing you, and all of us, a year filled with the wonder of the world around us

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  3. Best wishes, Ivon, for the coming year. May we all be abundantly blessed, and then share those blessings with others. Namaste.

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  4. Yes, a very sweet year to you.

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  5. Wishing you a bright and beautiful 2013 full of all your heart desires. Thanks for connecting here. :) Peace.

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  6. Hello Ivon !! wishing you a 2013 with great happiness and success !!

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  7. Hi Ivon, best wish and wellness always being with you!
    Cheers!

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  8. Happy new year Ivon, wish you all the best.

    Best wishes,
    mei

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  9. Wish You A… Truly Fulfilling, Great, Prosperous, Blissful, Healthy, Bright, Colorful, Delightful, Mind Blowing, Energetic, Terrific & An Extremely Happy, Peaceful and Love filled New Year 2013.
    May This Year Be The Best Of All Previous Years !!!

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  10. Good luck and many blessings for the changes in your professional life, Ivon. I wish a great year ahead for you.

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  11. “Sometimes I spend all my day trying to count the leaves on a single tree. To do this I have to climb branch by branch and write down the numbers in a little book. So I suppose, from this point of view, it’s reasonable that my friends say: what foolishness! [He's] got [his] heads in the clouds again.”

    Love it! :-)
    Happy new year Ivon. May all your dreams come true.

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  12. I agree about Mary Oliver.
    May you have every blessing in the new year, Ivon.
    I appreciate your visits to “Into the Bardo” …
    Be well and blog on,
    Jamie

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  13. In this festive evening sleigh let you bring the best wishes of happiness :joy, love and happiness.May happiness and blessings to you and forever stop by and follow .
    HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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  14. The fool is a wise character – and the one who knows how to have fun. So why not be a bit foolish from time to time?! :D

    I might be hanging out beneath your tree, listening to the grass growing.

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  15. Glad you came by again. Also glad to see you laughing in a tree. Be well.

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  16. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    “earth-praise” : I like that.

    You were in a good place, this day, I see, Ivon. A lovely post.

    Counting leaves in a tree is not for me
    but not because I can’t count.
    To mount, I hesitate,
    to mount
    such an enormous job.
    Lazy!

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