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Theresa shared a wonderful Rachel Carson quote in today’s post along with a mountain scene. There is a Zen quality to the quote and picture.

Beauty is always with us and we only have to awaken to experience it. As we each experience the beauty around us and contemplate it in meaningful ways, we experience a wholeness in our lives.

I share pictures of Mount Robson, which I travel past on a regular basis, frequently. According to Thich Nhat Hanh, we experience (extra)ordinary moments in ordinary, taken-for-granted moments. It is in a cup of tea we fully appreciate, the washing of dishes, the eating of a daily meal, etc. we can each discover and re-discover the wholeness of the ordinary. Even with clouds, Mount Robson is magnificently whole.


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.

21 responses »

  1. That mountains – so grand, so enormous – can bring me personal peace amazes me. Beautiful photo.

  2. Mountains have a special place in my heart even though I live in Ohio. When I go west, I always end up in the beautiful mountains there. At home, the lake is my spot of beauty and inspiration.

  3. Such truth in these words,,, jc

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

  5. Always there even when covered in a cloud of fog.

    Much like the beauty around us covered by the fog of our extra thoughts.

    Clarity comes with mindful intent
    Experiencing with a while being

    Moments of clarity come with balance. Difficult in the best of times.

    Personally, working on pause, think, ask. A questioning mind is an open mind.

  6. You travel past a beautiful place everyday. Wow! Wonderful creator God!

  7. It is always rewarding to find a new quotation. Silent Spring was a book assigned by my freshman English teacher at university 1961. I didn’t appreciate Rachel Carson til much much later.

  8. Just looking at the picture brings me chills…can’t imagine how it feels for real. Amazing!

  9. This is so beautiful.

  10. Our problems can’t be enormous — only mountains are enormous. We are small and fleeting. The ocean makes me feel that way, too.


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