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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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Quote of the day I have yet to see a serious act of violence that was not provoked by the experience of feeling ashamed or humiliated, disrespected and ridiculed. James Gilligan, Psychiatrist and author, NPR. April, 2015. For awhile now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Thank you, John. Always good to hear from you. xxx's
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2018 on Opossum at Mining Nuggets
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Yesterday morning I buried a small opossum. He had been lying on my lawn for two days. Each day I examined him and checked whether he was dead or just playing dead as opossums do. After three days, I was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Hi Tom, How good it is to "find" you here! Yes, I know it's your birthday on April 2nd. Gee, and of course! You have always been a year older than me. Isn't it amazing how far we have come? Let's try and see each other in our seventies! All my best, always, Tamar
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2018 on A note to my blog at Mining Nuggets
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Dear blog, I have not forgotten you, nor have I lost the urge to write about anything and everything. It seems that I have been so busy learning about what it is going to be like when I retire from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
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What a storm that was! Forceful winds whipping and plastering heavy, wet snow and ice to the trees, burdening them to crashing to the ground atop buses and cars demolishing them and pulling down power lines leaving devastation in their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Quotes of the Day: I worshipped dead men for their strength, Forgetting I was strong. Vita Sackville-West, in Steinem, "Revolution From Within." Once we were old enough to have an education, the first step toward self-esteem for most of us... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
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