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Several years ago, a student took these pictures. It is a beautiful example of how we are part of Nature and have to learn our role within as we unify with it. In becoming one with Nature, we experience Nature as a vital piece belonging to a larger fabric of community. We move into a role of stewards, rather than a user and discarder.

In these unifying moments, we experience Nature’s richness and transform. With increasing awarenss and mindfulness, we can experience belonging to, in, and with Nature, rather than outsiders who exploit, use, and discard. The butterfly and each of us become intimate partners in Nature’s dance.

A result of these pictures is the accompanying haiku.

Resting on journeys

Alighting in this moment

Sharing time and space as one.

The student took a second picture from a different angle and in black and white. This led me to a second haiku.

kissing tenderly

stopping to rest on your way

A sensuous miracle.

Have a wonderful Earth Day 2020.


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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  1. I may have told this story before but it seems fitting here. My grandson wanted to take me to the Butterfly Center in Houston. His class had been there and he found the butterflies to be fascinating. We sat and watched as he so wanted a blue butterfly to land on him. He had heard it was good luck.

    Well, a blue butterfly did land, but on me. He was pleased that it had chosen one of us at least and seemed to think I was always lucky. We carefully left the center making sure not to take any butterflies with us. But, when we got to my car, there was a blue butterfly sitting on the hood. It stayed atttached there for much of our day in Houston but eventually flew away.

    Lucky? Yes, lucky to share time with my grandson in his hometown.

    • When we are on a trip between Tuscon and Phoenix, we stopped at a small wildlife park. One of the activities was holding a small container with honey. The birds came and sat on us to get at the container.

      I would love to take our grandson on a trip like the one you describe. They have such a sense of wonder about the world. We have a video of him watching a caterpillar on the sidewalk. He wanted to touch it, but every time he went to it moved and he jumped back. We could hear his Dad in the background reminding him to be gentle.

  2. This is sim;ly lovely, thank you for sharing.

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