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What a wonderful thought to begin the day and it soars in this tanka. When we have a child’s mind or, as Shunyu Suzuki suggested, the beginner’s mind we see the extraordinary in the ordinary.


Hug the innocence

let your soul soar like a child’s

and be open to

astounding revelations

of unconditional love.

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About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

15 responses »

  1. A child’s innocence is like the smell of a new born… untouched and pure, hoping to be encouraged, and not dirtied by others.

  2. beautiful image.

  3. Being able to see the world with the eyes of a child is a great gift to have.


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