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I'm an early childhood teacher educator, 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, 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 ... 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
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
Recently I logged into my blog, and read through the past few posts of this year - written sporadically - once a month or so. I noticed a theme through them - one of release, gratitude, and forgiveness. As the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: Now it’s a different kind of giving up: the attempt to atone for being born as me. But I am ready. I can feel it in my bones. I no longer believe that I am broken.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
'Tis the season. As the Jewish New Year approaches transitions and winds of change are in the air. Days are slightly shortened with a cooler evening breeze, and it is time for self-reflection again. I think about how many times... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
As I entered into meditation this morning in the early dawn before sun rise, a feeling came over me as I bent my legs into siddhasana, and straightened my back. I remembered Wendy leading us in meditation early in the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Dear Sky, Thank you for this comment - and your own story of Gaillardias ... much appreciated.
Toggle Commented Jul 15, 2015 on Memoir again at Mining Nuggets
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In a way I have been writing pieces of a memoir for years on this blog. Indeed, I have been recording my life and sharing it publicly, and at many different points I thought that I had a story to... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: When a person doesn't have gratitude, something is missing in his or her humanity. Eli Weisel I sink my teeth into a meat-loaf sandwich neatly cut diagonally in half, and slightly flavored with a smidge of... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Driving down the road the other day, reflecting on this or that personal situation happening in my life, I suddenly experienced a rush of emotion that tapped into an old feeling from childhood. It brought tears to overflowing, and surprised me so much that I exclaimed out loud alone in... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at The Good Mother
Driving down the road the other day, reflecting on this or that personal situation happening in my life, I suddenly experienced a rush of emotion that tapped into an old feeling from childhood. It brought tears to overflowing, and surprised... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
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May 7, 2015
I had the weirdest sensation on Sunday morning as I prepared to walk in the Wissahickon Valley. I hooked up my earphones and opened the Map-My-Walk app to record how many miles I would go. As I set out, music... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Have I been so busy that a month has passed me by without writing on this blog? I know there were travels across the country and many presentations, that's true. But what about all the thoughts and feelings wandering through... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
This past week, being in Oxford in my own right as an academic and intellectual, I experienced what can only be described as a feeling of closure. Indeed, it was the first time in my life that I did not... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
I am a rule follower. Yes indeed. I follow the rules. When I break them, as inevitably I do, once I think critically and independently, I feel anxious. For example, I remember when I decided that I preferred coffee over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Looking back and thinking forward. I have noticed that I reflect on the past a lot, especially in the one or two years leading up to, and for a few years after becoming sixty. Mainly the purpose of that has... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: Within two hours of welcoming students to a retreat on using food as a doorway to their inner lives, I ask them to list 10 criticisms they've hurled at themselves since they arrived. "Just 10?" someone... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: Keep typing until it turns into writing. David Carr Inspiration. Ten minutes ... go (Natalie Goldberg): People, who do great things. Women after my own heart. People, who speak the same language. Resilience in others. Watching... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2015 at Mining Nuggets