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“If You Don’t Become the Ocean…”

Charles Bukowski and Leonard Cohen quotes in one post. That is enjoyable and incredible.

A Day in the Brine

With Lumpy Feet“I was a man who thrived on solitude… I took no pride in my solitude; but I was dependent on it. The darkness of the room was like sunlight to me.”
– Charles Bukowski, Factotum
Quelling“If you don’t become the ocean, you’ll be seasick every day.”
– Leonard Cohen
Lungs of Salt“The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have.”
– Søren Kierkegaard

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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.

6 responses »

  1. Gina's Professions for PEACE

    A powerful, thought-provoking post you’ve chosen to share… just the kind I’ve learned to expect from you Ivon. Thank you! The last quote especially touches my heart. And if I may add, with having been away for a while, your visit and ‘Likes’ to my long-delayed posts means more than you may know. Your online kindnesses spread like bright ripples, and I appreciate you. Kind regards, Gina

  2. Thanks for the re-blog! Haha I love those two poets 😉 Jubilant cheers,

    Autumn Jade

  3. I was a man who thrived on solitude.

    Seems this is depressive, are we saying we are attracted, addicted to the dark side. Frozen from our fears, a social being by nature, but choosing to isolate?

    The darkness of the room my sunlight.

    Seems a dull substitute for real,life, sunlight

    Yes if we have to endure the solitude of darkness but to choose it as our beacon.

    Not me


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