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Notes: Full poem here: a blind flaneur. Poem Source: quotes from books

Source: Live

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.


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.

8 responses »

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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

  4. 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!


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