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Tamarika
Philadelphia
Early childhood teacher educator, life partner, mother, and author.
Interests: music, gardening, scrabble, presenting, playing the piano and singing, children, movies, reading, writing, cats, blogging, traveling, different cultures, everything about life including death and dying.
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A year ago I wrote: Because of the book I am now writing, I am constantly thinking about children needing attention. Today, I thought about how adults want young children to learn self-regulation. Somehow they see children's need for attention... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Happy New Year, Marion!
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2017 on Accompanying me into the New Year at Mining Nuggets
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Early this morning I looked at Oscar and Mimi sleeping peacefully close up against the heating units. It was dark outside with decorative lights from the house across the street twinkling through the window. Snow began falling softly. I realized... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
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Quote of the day I have some goals for my New Year. They are part of my wintry mix: writing the new book, sharing my emotional life with others, allowing myself to face more and more of my uncomfortable or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Okay - here is a third try to write something for December. Writing a blog there are no crumpled pieces of paper strewn all over the floor. But ideas are strewn all over my brain. At first I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Night falls on a long day of nothing in particular. A bit of laundry, baking a chocolate cake and making dinner. A few emails for work and some Internet Scrabble with friends across the nation and the world. Mostly it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
My very first NAEYC conference was in Atlanta. I was terrified of the crowds, fast moving glass elevators that raced to the top of tens of stories, and the bright lights of the enormous hotels. I couldn’t believe I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
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Picture Day! Yesterday I had my picture taken by a professional photographer. Jo was terrific! What an angel! She took pictures of me smiling, laughing, dubious, chatty, and serious. Even though it took her almost half of the one and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
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[Tamarika in Manhattan, 1987] Thirty years ago I met the United States of America for the first time in my life. It was October 1987, and I was thirty eight years old. I came to spend a month here: Three... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: In the end, the writer has the last word ... Nicole Krauss, Radio Times, NPR Recently, while sifting through old papers in my memory box, I found a correspondence between my mother and I from 16... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
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[The lighthouse at Cape May Point] Early this morning, before the sun could struggle through the clouds, I was on the beach breathing in the cool breeze of ocean air. Sea gulls were my companions as I looked out to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
End of the semester arrives, and with it the beginning of phased retirement leave for the spring. Mixed feelings: on the one hand, exhilaration to be free to write, walk, read, discover who I am becoming as I get older;... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Lenore, and that's what I have been doing all summer - replacing it as soon as it's eaten. Our house feels like a "home" again! Mar - bake it! And let me know how it comes out. I bet the sour cream will be great - in fact, I will look out for sour cream and see if that will work in my next one.
Toggle Commented Sep 11, 2017 on The chocolate cake at Mining Nuggets
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So, Betsy ... if you have a cup of flour ... it becomes a cup and a half ... etc ...
Toggle Commented Sep 10, 2017 on The chocolate cake at Mining Nuggets
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In a deep glass bowl I combine 4 ounces of butter with one and a half cups of sugar. I pound at the mixture with a wooden spoon until I can get it to be as smooth as possible. Then... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Starting the new academic year with a new computer. This could be considered a minor traumatic event, for I have loved my MacBook Pro for six years. He has served me extremely well. Except he seems to have become quite... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Dear, Tom, It is good to see you here! Thanks so much, as always, for your support. I appreciate your comment very much.
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Quote of the day: When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. A person can almost be defined by his or her attitude toward gratitude. Elie Weisel This morning I received an email from... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Stan - your comment means more to me than you can imagine. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Jul 16, 2017 on The princess and the frog at Mining Nuggets
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Dear Thandie, Am so happy to see you here. Your comment means very much to me. Much love for you xxx's
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2017 on The princess and the frog at Mining Nuggets
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In the continuous exploration to understand my emotional story, there are two incidents both decades apart, that have stood out in my memory. Now in my late sixties, I allow myself to experience old, stifled feelings, and realize that both... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Ah, Marion. Thanks for this comment, truly. I needed the feedback! Onto more!
Toggle Commented Jun 14, 2017 on Reflections on self-regulation at Mining Nuggets
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Quote of the day: For children, intense emotions are like a dark forest at night. Trees rustle in the wind, bats circle above, and all manner of insects crawl along the ground, but in the darkness they are impossible to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: "That's often where courage begins: With the story we tell ourselves about who we are and what's important, and about our capacity to make a difference ..." Barack Obama receiving the Profile in Courage Award, JFK... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
In Old Friend From Far Away, Natalie Goldberg writes: Let's look another time at this worry about what people close to you - or people not close to you - will criticize you for. What are you going to do?... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2017 at Mining Nuggets