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Joseph Campbell is a treasure trove of deep and insightful quotes. My mom would always tell us words to this effect when we were growing up. I have stayed up all night several times hoping to confirm that the darkest moment is really before the dawn.

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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. This is so true and so relevant to a minor bad time that I’m just coming out of! (Nothing serious, just a series of one little nightmare after another for several weeks, wondering when things will look up — and now they did!)

    • It is interesting how those things happen. I went through much the same several months ago and, when I look back, it has worked out much better than I thought it would.

      • Exactly! It’s like the bad stuff is paving the way for the good. One of the really good things would have never happened if I wasn’t desperate to make a positive move!

      • Maryanne, Holly commented about it being like a ladder. You have each provided a wonderful commentary and analogies for this quote.

      • I just read Holly’s comment and it gave me chills! It’s so true and such a testimony to faith and belief in one’s self. This reminds me of what I call “The parable of Sonny & Cher.” They were so broke, they lost all the furniture in their home because they couldn’t pay for it. Then Sonny wrote ‘I Got You Babe” and the rest is history. We all have our own “I Got You Babe” stories about things working out for the best during the worst of times 🙂

      • Thank you for another wonderful analogy. I will remember that one.

  2. Joseph Campbell is one of my influences.

  3. I have experienced this many times in my life. Just when it seems like there’s no way to crawl out of whatever hole I’ve found myself in, something happens that changes everything. All of a sudden, there’s a ladder for me to climb so that I *can* get out of that hole. It’s amazing…

    • Holly, that is so true. What I find is that when I look back I realize the way things unfolded were for the best. Sometimes the ‘hard times’ are the ladder or a nudge to look for the ladder usually made of hands reaching out to me.

      • Yes, I feel that way too, Ivon. Isn’t it interesting how we often have to look back in order to see things more clearly so that we can move forward? I think that when we are in the thick of situations, we honestly can’t see any further than the immediate moment. It’s not until we get past it and move forward far enough that we can finally recognize the truth of things.

  4. I agree with all of the above! Campbell was the most insightful writer of his time for me. It’s comforting to know that if we allow the negative to ebb in and out, soon too it will vanish and in its place a more positive light on the matter. 😀


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