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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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Quote of the day: Recently, a colleague at work almost exclaimed to me with surprise: You're going to be 65? Oh my goodness! It does not seem so long ago that we were singing to you, "When I'm 64!" I... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Mining Nuggets
Quotes of the day: ... And remember, too, you can stay at home, safe in the familiar illusion of certainty. Do not set out without realizing that the way is not without danger. Everything good is costly, and the development... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Hey Donna! Thanks so much for your comments here. Sending you many smiles.
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2014 on Leaving to be left at Mining Nuggets
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Early morning. Still dark even though the clock reads 6:00 a.m. I look away from the computer and stretch widely in my chair, arms reach upwards and feet extend out into the room. Two cats sit still and quiet - sphinxes in the early morning. Patient and waiting. As I... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at The Good Mother
I have never dealt well with separations of any kind. In psychological terms I guess it is called "anxiety of separation." It is a good way of describing some of what I feel when I leave, or am left behind.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: I think a lot of people at some point leave behind their conditioning and examine fundamental myths they've been taught. Susan Sarandon Lately it feels as if the armor is breaking up and floating away piece... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
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There are those who say that I psychologilize too much. And I would agree that I do ... just not "too" much. For while awareness can be painful when confronting my imperfections, I would rather understand why I feel what... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day - a meditation: "In one ancient language the word memory derives from a word meaning mindful, In another, from a word to describe a witness, In yet another it means, at root, to grieve. To witness... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Lately I have been thinking about my dear friend, Charlie. A few days before he died, I was visiting him in hospital when the nurse brought him a cup of coffee. He tried to take a sip and then laid... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Well, well. This time last year I created my new blog. Always going to be more to explore. A year ago at Mining Nuggets: New adventures, new territory Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: We are driven for some bizarre reason by guilt. Joe Scarborough on Morning Joe, responding about "The highs and lows of modern parenthood" with the author of: All Joy and No Fun A couple of mornings ago I remembered that it has been one year since... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2014 at The Good Mother
Not to sound too despondent or pessimistic, but as I was squeezing juice out of my grapefruit this morning, I had the feeling that I have been doing this every morning for years. Granted, when I lived in Israel, over... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
I look across the classroom at the faces of undergraduate students. I think to myself, “I wonder if they realize that I was a child once.” For, now I must seem old to them. My short gray hair, cheeks sagging... Continue reading
Reblogged Jan 30, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
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On one of the snowy afternoons last week, I rummaged through photo albums and piles of old photographs to gather pieces of my family for a collage frame I had just purchased from the small camera shop up in Chestnut... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Sometimes, when emotions become too intense or uncomfortable, I feel the need to run away, rather than hold still and confront them within me. I am probably not the only human being on earth who feels this way. Some people... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Today is my ninth anniversary of blogging. During 2013, I enjoyed spending time reading past blog posts and observing my psychological progress. Indeed it is almost a decade since I have been exploring how I feel and understanding what has... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: ... like any photograph, [it] interrupts experience to mark the moment. In this, it shares something with all the other ways we break up our day ... Technology doesn’t just do things for us. It does... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: TWO RULES I WILL TRY TO FOLLOW FOR 2014: 1). Break all the rules! 2). Go as fast as you can in the direction of your dreams until apprehended. Join me! Make a New Year's resolution!... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2013 at Mining Nuggets
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So what on earth does a Jewish-born-atheist-teetering-on-Zen-Buddhist find so attractive about Christmas? Indeed, I have asked myself that question many times over the years, and a few days ago I realized, as I was putting out our three nativity tableaus,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2013 at Mining Nuggets
Maureen, Thank you. I love the idea that Oscar has found me as his person! I hope Mimi has found her playmate in him too :-) Best wishes, and thanks so much for stopping by and for your delicious comment!
Toggle Commented Dec 15, 2013 on Oscar and his "blankie" at Mining Nuggets
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Liz, this is a great post. Thank you for reminding me to check it out! I adore that clip of Clegg and Madiba! Amandla!
Toggle Commented Dec 14, 2013 on Asimbonanga at I Speak of Dreams
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When Oscar arrived in our home seven months ago, his first human mother brought a couple of his toys with him. She was sensitive and caring, and knew that Oscar would feel more comfortable in his new home with toys... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2013 at Mining Nuggets
I guess self reflection is never done. We don't just self reflect, have epiphanies, and then everything works itself out. Self work is all about a few steps forward and then some back. So many metaphors describe that process that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2013 at Mining Nuggets
Dear MaryB, Thank you so much for your constant support and encouragement all these years!
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My morning list about giving another option: Another way of thinking. A different perspective. An alternate reality. A different truth. Another belief. New ideas. Different ways to solve problems. Another way of understanding. Conflicting emotions. Survival meets reality. Looking back... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2013 at Mining Nuggets