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If we can live in the world and it still amazes us and brings us wonder, the silver in our hair will shine. What do we hurry by and step over during our waking hours which, if we were fully awake, would shine forth their extraordinary qualities? Being present and mindful in the world and in our lives, brings the world into a fuller contrast with brightening of the colours, fragrances, tastes, feelings, and sounds.


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. I like this. I had alot of silver in my hair when I got out of the hospital.

  2. Most of the silver in my hair is in the front, but from the back it is completely different.
    Working on mindfulness.

  3. So very true, the world is such a beautiful place when we still ourselves long enough to truly experience it.

  4. True,true,true,true,true,true, true. This becomes more obvious as I age, for sure. Much easier to practice Now.

  5. In the Stillness of Willow Hill

    My thoughts exactly. I used to be one of those hurriers…….but now I find stillness absolutely precious. It SO difficult to be around stressed-out unaware people for me now. In my next shift….their energy will no longer affect me.

    • I think as we age we begin to realize that time is fleeting and slipping away. Richard Rohr says we spend the first half of our lives chasing and those of us who are lucky spend the second half in a more contemplative life.


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