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Losing Myself

Words do not mean the same thing to each person. We often use words interchangeably as if they are synonymous with each other. An example is school and education. Education is a process of leading children and eventually letting go. School is a place. It comes from an Italian word having to do with leisure. It is hard to find our way through the labyrinth and convey the meanings we want in our communication. Sometimes it is the unspoken, the body-language, and the tone which help immensely.

Poesy plus Polemics

"Labyrinth" Painting by Jeffrey Smart From “Labyrinth”
Painting by Jeffrey Smart

what if my words
the turned paths of their penstrokes
create the labyrinth

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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.

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  1. Good morning teacher. So true. Tone and body language tell the rest of the story. Tone can happen on a phone and be misunderstood because of the lacking of the visual. Together they tell a full story. Always opt for in person if possible. FB, email, blogging and letters many time take on total misrepresentation of the real meaning. To write and pull someone into your thoughts is an art I wish I could master.

    • You are so right Bill. A friend who holds a supervisory position in a large construction company speaks about the importance of face-to-face communication in his work. He says it is not always possible, but, when it is, it is much better than the other forms. So much more is revealed.


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