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Materialism and consumerism run rampant. One of the things we talked about in the wake of my mother’s passing was how the generation that grew up in the 1930’s is disappearing. With them goes the ethic of not wanting for more than what we have. When we experience our place and time in the world with indigenous qualities unique to it, it changes how we experience the world. That is a valuable lesson to be learned from those who went before.

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Embrace The New Dawn. By CpSingleton © 2015
Breathe like summer’s lighting up your skin.

That tingle in your cheeks to signal

A smile is about to begin

To take over your features.

This is what defines us from

The darker shadow creatures.
Don’t rely on your bank balance to bring you joy.

Numbers can’t replace a gifted soul,

Nor the shiny toy,

Or worthless rock.

No man found enlightenment

From sweating over stock.
Instead, open up your mind wider than a dragon’s yawn.

Disregard last night’s teachings and

Stride into your new dawn

Ready to enjoy your day.

Because, in a flash that is your life,

It can all be taken away.

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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.

11 responses »

  1. I have a friend with a mentally challenged 13 year old daughter. She describes her child’s mind as simple, she has few wants that others spend great chunks of time desiring.

    Seems the farther we venture into the mountains, nature, the simpler life becomes.

    I think it was a blessing to be a settler or mountain man or an American Indian. Life was about survival and necessities, simpler times.

    Simpler things brought real happiness to this uncomplicated, simple life. Food, water, security, companionship.

  2. Point well taken!

  3. I always like the saying:
    The happiest of people don’t necessarily have the best of everything.
    They just make the most of everything that comes along their way

  4. Brilliant truth. We mourn our loss.


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