Notes: Full poem here: a blind flaneur. Poem Source: quotes from books
David posted this wonderful Mary Oliver quote. We can embrace the world as a place that amazes us and not merely one we visit in passing. I love the paradox of simultaneously being bride and bridegroom embracing and being amazed.
When we live fully, we engage in a conversation full of questions that can never be fully answered, but that guide us in our journey. This life is not about a planned legacy, but one that emerges in the memories we leave for others.
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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.
For some reason, I don’t like to think about leaving this earth, even though I realize it is something that will happen someday. All I want left behind are kind memories – and stories I have written about my journey.
It is hard to let go. I feel the same way. There is no reason for it except the need to cling to our life.
This life is not about a planned legacy, but one that emerges in the memories we leave for others.
We leave this world as we enter it, naked without possessions, status or power. When we live a life of gratitude and giving, buddhists say happiness will be our companion. the memories we leave will be special.
Well said Marty. We cannot plan the memories others will have of us once we move off the stage.
Ivan, although you’ve been to the blog, I thought I’d officially announce it here. You have received the Respect Award. The Award is at
Thank you for your kindness.
Ivon have you read any of Marion Woodman’s work? Speaking of simultaneous brides and grooms … And yes, living amazed! What miracles we witness, if we are but attentive!
I have not. I will look into her work. Thank you.