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The Old Poets of China

I am back including my posts. Mary Oliver wrote this beautiful and short poem which points out the need for quiet time. I  accomplished a lot during my break. I flew home twice and am back in Edmonton for Christmas. I spent the time away from the blog completing the course work and getting ready for the next part of the journey: my dissertation writing.

Wherever I am, the world comes after me.

It offers me its busyness. It does not believe

that I do not want it. Now I understand

why the old poets of China went so far and high

into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.

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. I hope you’re making time to breathe :)

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  2. if you are living in the society it will influence you. you cant help it.

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  3. wonderfully reminds me
    why I take refuge
    in nature
    where reminders of the natural pace
    of living peacefully welcome :-)

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  4. Lovely…. And congratulations on your progress on your journey!

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  5. Sounds like you’ve been pretty busy.
    Welcome back Ivon :)

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  6. Wonderful post Ivon. We missed you in blogger land.

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  7. Lovely poem and yes our local environment does grow on us!

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  8. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:
    THE OLD POETS…WERE REALLY GOOD POETS!

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  9. Sure glad the rest of us get to share in your creativity too! Merry Christmas! :)

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  11. Ivon, my mother said I was that way since I was a child! If I had my way that is where I would be right now. There is a certain peace that embraces you when its only you and God together, to read and melt into the wisdom that He brings! But in reality…I stay because of wife and daughters and grandchildren, helping them to make their lives better and because of love. Wonderful post my friend!

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  12. Beautiful poem, Ivon. Great to see you back :)

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  13. I love the images your verse reflects! I see you were in Edmonton…Alberta? I was there from the end of September through the first part of December. Beautiful Saskatchewan River Valley!

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  14. beautiful poem and wonderful read, Thank you for sharing.

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