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This is my first attempt with embedding a video in my blog. So far, it appeared on Twitter. I started a YouTube channel, which I have wanted to do for some time. I hope you enjoy.

We walked to Spokane Falls last night. The river is running high with lots of water flowing over the series of falls. The video below is in the middle of falls.

What grabbed my attention was the rock towards the far side from us. It looks like a weathered face, having lived a full life. As we walked back to the place we stay at in Spokane, these words began to run through my mind.

A weathered face,

Facing life’s travails,

Always facing into the journey;

One that has been arduous,

Leaving its marks.

It has a pugilist’s nose,

Cauliflowered ears without shape,

A toothless mouth,

Puckered from many punches,

Always facing into the journey.

Looking ahead,

He feels the force pushing him,

Not stopping,

Holding his head high,

Always facing into the journey.

 

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.

22 responses »

  1. Quite a lot of water!

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  2. Love your poem! Reading it I saw the face, then watched the video.

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  3. I’ll have to remember to have the ‘audio’ on low, Ivon! The sound of the water rushing was powerful indeed; quite startled me…

    “Holding his head high,

    Always facing into the journey.” πŸ™‚

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  4. I love water falls. Great work on the video. It was just the right length and the sound is great! I am the proud first subscriber to your Youtube channel. πŸ™‚

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  5. You tubes are fun to make. I use only pics. but love the results.. Welcome to you tube land and the whys and wherefores of having them watched! – Thanks for the poem.. Eve

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  6. nice!
    would have like to paddle such a current
    when i was younger!
    now i’m fonder of lower cfs πŸ™‚

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  7. Very nicely done. I enjoy videos that are short and to the point. This works well.

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  8. The power of the water is amazing.

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  9. Gina Profess and Affirm

    Beautiful. Powerful. So glad to be able to visit you on YouTube as well.

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