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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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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 5 days ago 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 7 days ago 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
Dear Cheryl, Your comment on my blog moved me deeply. Thank you so much for being my friend even all these miles away -it feels - for a lifetime. For my life changed so dramatically when I came to the States and you were there from the beginning. You gave me this wonderful new image to dream about - being an elder. It feels solid and so much in keeping with where I feel I am headed right now. Sending you much love always, Tamar
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2017 on Holding out for a sign at Mining Nuggets
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Dear John, I so appreciate your comment on my blog today. Thank you for taking the time to read my post, validate my feelings and give me hope - all at the same time! You are an amazingly good soul and a dear, dear friend. Sending much love your way ... Tamar xx
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2017 on Holding out for a sign at Mining Nuggets
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Thank you to everyone for your comments. So supportive and meaningful for me. I appreciate them very much.
Toggle Commented Apr 29, 2017 on Holding out for a sign at Mining Nuggets
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David, so good to find your comment here. Your feedback is important to me. And if my story helps you understand more about you - well, then -I know this piece might do well to be included in the book I am writing as we speak. All my very best always, Tamar
Toggle Commented Apr 27, 2017 on Holding out for a sign at Mining Nuggets
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Somewhere there inside all my stifled emotions was the feeling that my mother would, at the end, acknowledge or validate me in some way. I did not expect an apology for the way I had been excluded and shunned time... Continue reading
Posted Apr 27, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
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