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tamarika
I'm an early childhood teacher educator, counselor, mother, and author.
Interests: music, gardening, dogs, tennis, 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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There is nothing quite like this time of the year. Cold and wet, lights twinkling in the dark, and trees as bare as can be. On my walk yesterday afternoon, I could not imagine the trees with leaves. I become... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Hello there, Elaine. Thanks so much for still reading my blog after all these years! And thank you for this comment. I appreciate you very much.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2014 on Gratitude about writing at Mining Nuggets
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Dear friend, I appreciate your comment, and understanding very much. Sending love your way, Tamar
Toggle Commented Nov 24, 2014 on Gratitude about writing at Mining Nuggets
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It is miraculous really. I have been blogging consistently for nine years. In January I will be entering my tenth year. I went from many posts a day, to a few a week, and now I barely write two or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
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Flowers blooming through the frost; children bearing flowers and hand written notes; friend holding my hand and listening to me speak earnestly about my fears; friend from far away singing to me healing songs over the phone; watching Mary Poppins... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Surely I haven't said everything there is to say? As I start writing I realize that, in fact, there is so much I want to write! Some of it is private though. About inner feelings and thoughts of one thing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Hi there, Sky. I will indeed post the links to any photographs that were taken. Thanks for your comment!
Toggle Commented Oct 21, 2014 on At home at Mining Nuggets
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Well, on Sunday was the Historic Germantown House Tour in which our home was one of 6 houses people had signed up to visit. We did not know what to expect, so we decided we would put out about two... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: The book says, "We might be through with the past, but the past ain't through with us." Magnolia. Validation is key when one has been taught a different reality to the experience. Constant and consistent validation... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Wouldn't we all just love to leave the past behind? Especially all those painful and uncomfortable memories. I have been working very hard at that through therapy, reading books and poetry, and even in writing this blog. Getting to know... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
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Bearing, as a gift, seeds that fly away all over the garden. Isn't that what we do with our own children? - bear them as gifts, who fly away all over the world, rerooting themselves over and over again perpetuating... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
As the rain falls outside the window of our library, I sense a blessing happening here. It has been such a great few weeks. I have been happy, living in the moment, and allowing myself to feel all kinds of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
It never is just about the peanuts or the cookies. Like the morning I start wandering the halls at work, prowling for something, anything to munch on. I discover a few shelled peanuts in one office, and then find myself... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Reading the New York Times this morning, I glance at the terms, "ego sustenance," and "social media" in the same sentence. I think to myself, "There we go again - criticizing people for using social media to boost their egos."... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
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I have been thinking about compiling a book with a collection of blog posts where I mention my cats. It could be a memoir, perhaps titled: "Of Cats and Me." Lately, as I have been reading through my blogs from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
My head is filled with things to say: about my life and much about the early childhood profession. For professional and personal are connected in our work with young children and their families. With each interaction, the "inner child" rises... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
I dedicate this post to a very dear friend, who some years ago sent me Nuala O'Faolain: Almost There: The Onward Journey of a Dublin Woman. In her note that she sent with the book, my friend wrote: "Dear Tamar,... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: One day, walking through a small copse, the skies blackened, lightening flashed and thunder roared and pellets of hail began to rage down on us as we huddled together against a wall of a nearby farm.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
I have been doing a little blog housecleaning since I have had time on my hands. Having a summer cold virus does that for me - gives me time on my hands because it lays me up in bed, or... Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
I had a recurring dream last night, one that over the years I have tried to understand to no avail. Today I think I solved the mystery. It came to me as Life Partner and I were sitting comfortably in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
It's time to get writing again. New book contract signed, and thoughts are swirling. Indeed, I feel as if I am already writing the book in my head. Thoughts and observations, memories and ideas are coming at me faster than... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Today, as I drove into work, I found myself wondering what I would say if I was ever asked in an interview about what I considered the secrets of my success. "First," I thought, "I had the courage to face... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
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The final trail It has been a couple of weeks since my return from Corfu, where I joined 7 other women for what turned out to be a 50 mile hike around the southern part of the island. The past... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Turning sixty-five seems to have brought with it sadness, and a feeling of farewell to a younger me. There is regret that I wasted so much time feeling unworthy and undeserving. Regret about choices I made, or decisions that I... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Thanks so much for the good wishes, Hal!
Toggle Commented May 25, 2014 on Countdown to 65 at Mining Nuggets
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