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I have only begun reading Charles Bukowski’s poetry and he can be cynical at times. In his poetry, I find a space where I become aware of things I overlook. One thing that stands out is how we fail to communicate leading to conflict, broken relationships, and a broken world. Beginning with listening, we can hear what troubles our self and others.

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. My dark side is drawn to this darkly painted scenario.

    Look at how many different times frames through out history you can plug this description into.

    Also, look how many different countries this could be an accurate description of the underbelly of society.

    Enquiring minds want to know.

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  2. Some quotes of this guy, he is colorful, disrespectful of some commonly accepted norms. I like that, a free spirit with an edge, attitude.
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    “Boring damned people. All over the earth. Propagating more boring damned people. What a horror show. The earth swarmed with them.”
    .
    “Sex is interesting, but it’s not totally important. I mean it’s not even as important (physically) as excretion. A man can go seventy years without a piece of ass, but he can die in a week without a bowel movement.”
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    “You begin saving the world by saving one person at a time; all else is grandiose romanticism or politics.”
    .

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    • I think that is what has drawn me to his poetry. There is an honesty in it that is refreshing. I like your term free spirit. That is necessary in a world where sameness seems to be the objective.

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