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Japanese Garden in Portland

Kathy and I visited Portland several times and this is one of our favourite spots along with the Rose Gardens which are only a short distance away. On a cold, blustery day, this is a warming spot for the first day of the New Year.

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.

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  1. Catherine Johnson

    Beautiful! Happy New Year, Ivan.

  2. Thank you for liking โ€œTimepieces for the New Year.โ€ I enjoyed looking at this beautiful tree. The colors of the leaves and the shapes of the branches are a visual delight. Thank you for sharing it, and I hope you have a Happy New Year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

    This is on my Bucket list…
    Thank you for sharing the beauty of the Gardens
    Take Care…You Matter….

    • You will not be disappointed and the Rose Gardens are within walking distance if memory serves me correctly. You can spend a good portion of the day up there.

      • LadyBlueRose's Thoughts Into Words

        or all da LOLs..
        I am a horticulturist, I created wildlife and Native habitats
        and Faerie gardens and habitats,
        Roses are my passion, well that changes to be whatever I am in front of LOLs…
        I love working with Antique and Heirloom roses…
        I want to make it this year, there is a Japanese nursery somewhere around there, I used to order from them years ago when I had my own nursery…the name escapes me, but will no doubt come to me at 3am ๐Ÿ™‚
        Thank you again, the photo was stunning…made me want to go more…

      • You are welcome. Take care and enjoy.

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