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Thought for Today

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.” —John Muir

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This is a wonderful quote. It speaks to slowing down and being mindful of the world as we move through it. When I was teaching, I took a week or so to slow down.

When I was in Spokane, I found the walking I did benefited me, whether it was on campus or along the river which runs right next to the campus.

Nature helps me the space to be quiet. It took me back to other times, when I was a boy growing up in rural Alberta and after we married we lived in small towns in rural British Columbia.

I think, as we grow older, we find anchors that help us pay closer attention to the world, both the inner and outer ones as they continuously converse.

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.

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  1. Reblogged this on IdealisticRebel's Daily View of Favorites and commented:
    One reason I am enjoying retirement is that I can be busy or contemplative and it is fine. I can meditate and read, write and paint and the hurly-burly is past me. My inner life and outer life are closely connected. Hugs, Barbara

  2. I enjoy so many of the things you post but I think a lot depends on where you live and what gender you are. Walking alone for women can be extremely dangerous. So many ideas sound good but they don’t work in reality. Campus is horrifically dangerous place for women. Rape is so common that many colleges are being investigated. Women have to be escorted when they walk across campus, if it’s dark. Campus rape out of control. It’s on the covers of magazines, it’s a scandal. Life is different for women. Things can sound good but they don’t work in the real world. Utopian ideas are just that. By utopian I mean a world where there is no violence against women. Where we aren’t prey and where we don’t risk our lives by walking down the street, getting into our cars, or doing pretty much anything. Stairways, elevators, work, bathrooms, cemeteries, churches, you name it and women have been raped, beaten and killed in those places. So…no, I don’t get to take nice walks while I commune with nature. Women can’t afford to be UNAWARE of what’s going on around them. We can’t commune with anything, we can’t afford to lose focus. It’s just too dangerous.

  3. I don’t know how anyone can do without dipping toes into the natural world every day. I’ve often said that if I had to live in a city, I would not live long.

  4. Beautiful, insightful! 🙂

  5. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

  6. Just what I needed today!
    Thanks Ivon.
    I’m off 😎


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