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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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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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Marion - Yes - I do remember! And seriously, thank you! All my love back.
Toggle Commented Mar 4, 2017 on Openings at Mining Nuggets
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The past three weeks I have been opening windows into my past life when I lived in Israel for twenty years, almost thirty years ago. I have discovered that I was hard working and a devoted mother, and that some... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
I have been thinking about closure quite a lot lately. Tying up loose ends of my past as I plan a trip home to Israel from where I immigrated to the United States almost thirty years ago. I have been... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
At the core of my beliefs about working with children is that children need us to make a stand for them emotionally. At so many levels I feel this, but probably because when I was a child no one protected... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Our education system has failed us. I know this because I go out into the field and observe what teachers are doing and saying with our youngest children. Truly, most of them are completely stuck in a behaviorist system of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
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The best thing that happened to me at the Women's March in Philadelphia yesterday was when a couple of young girls, between the ages of 9 and 10 walked with me aways. We had come together because we were carrying... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
January is the month my father was born over a hundred years ago. I always think of him around this time each year, and remember his last few days that I spent with him in Zimbabwe at his hospital bedside... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
I am humbled by your comments, Nelle and Cheryl, and appreciate them more than you can know. Thank you so much.
Toggle Commented Oct 22, 2016 on Afternoon reflections at Mining Nuggets
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On this my sixty seventh year. Experiencing the extent of disrespect, emotional abuse and marginalization of me when I was a child - by my mother. The last year experiencing it all physically, deeply in every crevice of my being.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at Mining Nuggets
Last year, over the course of two semesters, I had the privilege of supervising student teachers. I call it a privilege because I was able to observe our seniors developing into active classroom teachers. Some of them started out as... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at Mining Nuggets
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Quote of the day: What do you believe would happen if you allowed yourself to feel your feelings instead of avoid them or swallow them with food? Geneen Roth Back to the subject of feeling the feelings ... Have I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2016 at Mining Nuggets
Hi there, Marion - yes, I must say that it has been a challenging year for me witnessing some of these unnecessarily harsh moments with children and their teachers.
Toggle Commented May 5, 2016 on Self-regulation at Mining Nuggets
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In honor of Mother's Day - this post from last year is as true for me now as ever ... http://tamarika.typepad.com/mined_nuggets/2015/05/please-dont-hurt-me-i-want-you-to-love-me.html Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Mining Nuggets
How do I write about children's need for attention without remembering my own childhood experiences with that? For where and why do teachers perceive children's need for attention as something negative - something in the way of their learning or... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Mining Nuggets
This morning was business as usual: coffee, computer, Internet Scrabble with friends and family, watering house plants and feeding the cats. And then I picked up a Jewish prayer book, and read the first early morning prayer of the day,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2016 at Mining Nuggets
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I had a lousy childhood. I was a scapegoat for my mother’s anxieties, fears and rage. She birthed me at a most inconvenient time for her during a very brief second marriage with a man she hated, all the while... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Mining Nuggets
What with one thing and another, I have been thinking about storms. Perhaps it was the frenzy in the supermarket last Friday as everyone stocked up with food, milk, water - anything - in preparation for the impending power outages... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2016 at Mining Nuggets
Dear Cheryl. Yes. And you accompanied me down some of them - always with love and support. Thank you so much for your comment.
Toggle Commented Jan 13, 2016 on Anniversary at Mining Nuggets
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This morning I remembered that I have been writing this blog for a decade, and as I reread some of the posts written these past ten years, I realize the theme has been constant: Deciphering behaviors, interactions and feelings, and... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Mining Nuggets