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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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Hi there, Sky. I will indeed post the links to any photographs that were taken. Thanks for your comment!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago 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 5 days ago 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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There are eleven days to go until I turn 65. It feels like I have been traveling for some time to reach this point in the journey. Sixty four years to be exact! And, much has changed since I was... Continue reading
Posted May 13, 2014 at Mining Nuggets
Some of my favorite quotes for the day: In this war against children we all enter on the losing side and carry our wounds along to the next generation. (Page 8) The problem with families is not that you get stuck in the same persona for life, which is what... Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2014 at The Good Mother
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 Apr 16, 2014 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