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Michele‘s post reminded me of poems by two of my favourite poets.

Environmentalists refer to Wendell Berry and Mary Oliver‘s poems. An educated guess is that Henry David Thoreau, who Michele quotes, informed their writing.

Wendell Berry wrote in moments of despair he “comes into the peace of wild things who do not tax their lives with forethought.”

Mary Oliver ends Summer Day with the following question: “Tell me, what is it you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?” Paradoxically, the question is an answer to her eloquent questions about who created nature.

Nature has a way of being and providing us with lessons for life. It is in meditative moments, when we just are, we grow to understand what that can mean. We grow and value what is essential not to us, but to those who come after us.

“We do not inherit the world from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children.”


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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  2. Thank you, Ivon 🙂 Your post is wonderful. Nature is so very important to me.

  3. nature is a very general term for me… when I find myself in intimate connection with it, I call it god.

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  5. “We do not inherit the world from our ancestors, but borrow it from our children.” It is absolutely right. I love it.

  6. I too love Mary Oliver and nature.Very beautiful

  7. Hello! Thank you for this wonderful posting. Sorry, for late re-visit. At first i thought the image is from the Bavarian Alps. LOL Have a good weekend. 😉 Michael

  8. The last sentence is the most important. We should always be aware of that.

  9. We often find profound peace when unencumbered with the distractions of too many voices. I envy those who can find the moments to be in wildness and feel that peace.

    It is also the few that steward while others live their lives to acquire the next bauble. Congrats to those who eschew materialistic gain and find their value elsewhere.

    Lovely thoughts again Ivon. Thank you.

  10. Too bad the current administration doesn’t believe that.

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