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Be Alive

I enjoy the counter cultural nature of Parker Palmer’s writing and the concepts in the Art of Hosting. I write about Parker‘s work often and he describes the listening we need to do to our inner teacher and others as counter cultural. When we invite people into conversation, listen deeply, and ask questions which shake our certainty about the world the same applies.

Today, I walked to the top of Cates Hill here on Bowen Island. It was spectacular. A colleague took this picture as I was writing. Notice I am on high ground and wearing sandals. I got up there of my accord

Perched pensively

Pencil in hand;

My senses alive

I awake–


Sounds flow,

A breeze caresses,

Sunlight bathes,

Peaceful moments–

I bask in each.


About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and spent the last 14 years teaching in an incrediable hybrid school setting. My dissertation topic and research were how teachers experience becoming who teachers, as human subjects. For me, teaching is a calling and vocation that allows me to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what will call me. We have begun a small consulting and leadership firm called Rocky River Leadership & Consulting Ltd.

11 responses »

  1. I’ve enjoyed Parker Palmer’s writings, but didn’t think anyone else read him! Another great one to read is Joyce Rupp.

    Thanks also for your recommendation on David Whyte’s poetry – awesome stuff!


    • Nancy, I have read Parker Palmer for 25 years and he turned me on to others i.e. Thomas Merton and introduced wonderful poets like Mary Oliver and Wendell Berry to me. I will look into Joyce Rupp’s work.

      Thank you,


      • Joyce’s book, “Walk in a Relaxed Manner” about walking the Camino is probably her work that I like the best, although I haven’t read anything that I didn’t like. Merton and Nouwen are both great authors too – lots to think about. And yeah, Mary Oliver is tops. I think that’s why David’s work appealed to me when I saw it on your blog and his website.

  2. It’s interesting how much inspiration there can be in a short poem. Thanks to yours I’ve spent nearly an hour discovering things about Bowen Island and Parker Palmer, and I’ve been reminded how important it is to enjoy nature, sensory experience and the fundamental feeling of being alive on this amazing planet. G

    • I am doing the same with nature. It was an important of my life for years and somehow slipped into the background chased away by the busyness of life. It is interesting how many of us are finding the same things in life are important.

  3. I must read more

    There is an award by the way over at my place lol for you Enjoy!

  4. A most refreshing Post Ivon…in sight and feel. Thanks.


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