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As I enter a New Year, I wonder whether I can live up to the wonderful quote taken from the writings of Thich Nhat Hanh? Awareness of my words, thoughts, and actions is important as I move forward into 2013 which will be a year of substantial change.

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In keeping with bell hooks and Noam Chomsky, I consider myself a public and dissident intellectual. Part of my work is to move beyond (transcend) institutional dogmas that bind me to defend freedom, raising my voice to be heard on behalf of those who seek equity and justice in all their forms. I completed my PhD in Philosophy of Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA. My dissertation and research was how teachers experience becoming teachers and their role as leaders. I focus on leading, communicating, and innovating in organizations. This includes mindfuful servant-leadership, World Cafe events, Appreciative Inquiry, and expressing one's self through creativity. I offer retreats, workshops, and presentations that can be tailored to your organzations specific needs. I published peer reviewed articles about schools as learning organizations, currere as an ethical pursuit, and hope as an essential element of adult eductaion. I published three poems and am currently preparing my poetry to publish as an anthology of poetry. I present on mindful leadership, servant leadership, schools as learning organizations, how teachers experience becoming teachers, assessement, and critical thinking. I facilitate mindfulness, hospitality retreats. and World Cafe Events using Appreciative Inquiry. I am writing and researching about various forms of leadership, how teachers inform and form their identity as a particular teacher, schools as learning organizations, hope and its anticipatory relationship with the future, and hope as an essential element in learning.

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  1. Also, you are the sum of your actions, thoughts and words.

  2. A good new year 2013 desires we.
    Greeting, Wolfgang

  3. Imagine coming up with a new thought every day! Not just any old thought, but something others can take something away from. Congratulations! And thanks too for looking in on my site from time to time. All the best for 2013 – Sharon

  4. that sounds right. The first step, of course, is to take personal responsibility for every word and every act. Every action should be a product of intention.

  5. Indeed! A good selection for a post. Wonderful …

  6. Thanks for sharing this. I am finding a lot of truth in it as well as inspiration.

    An a Happy New Year!

  7. That is what I have tried to teach my children;
    “Our future is governed by our history which we write in our present.”

    • It is very difficult. I use another Thich Nhat Hanh quote about the ordinary being extraordinary with my students. I find it is somewhat easier to explain that for them.

      Thank you for the comment.


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