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The Coffee Shop

I spend time in the local coffee shops, read, and write. I did a lot of my blogging in that venue; however this summer I rearranged my schedule and blog at home. I notice a gentle energy in these settings and in a busy world it is a place to take time and just be.

The coffee shop;

Misnamed I think–

I sip tea

I try just be present.

We gather;

It is about talk–

A communal space,

Congregate and converse.

Companionship’s richness;

Found in quality

I cannot assign a number

It is a fool’s errand.

It is in laughter,

The reminiscing,

The sharing,

We find ourselves.

About ivonprefontaine

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.

15 responses »

  1. About the “misname” – I also always say “Let’s go have coffee”, but I actually drink tea 🙂

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  2. I’m much more of a loner than you, plus I get distracted with so much going on around me. I’m jealous!

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  3. Vicki (from Victoria A Photography)

    I like to think I’m at home wherever I find myself, but the truth is that I find only at home in the stillness of my flat, that I can write, think & be truly creative.

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  4. Awesome! When are we meeting again, at the Coffee Shop? 🙂 Missed and thought a considerable amount about both you and Ruth again this week, 🙂 especially at this particular time of the year ~ but neither of you missed much …. the kids sure will ….

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  5. “It is in the laughter/The reminiscing/The sharing/We find ourselves” – this just feels as beautiful to me as it is true.

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  6. The idea of meeting friends at a coffee shop sounds so exciting. Every time I plan to go to a coffee shop and have a hot cup of coffee, I land up ordering an iced tea or a cold coffee!!! Weird, I know. But, that’s how it is, always.

    On a serious note: I enjoyed reading this poem – i could visualize things happening.

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