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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

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 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.

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  2. Point well taken!
    Leslie

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  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

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  4. Brilliant truth. We mourn our loss.

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