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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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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 5 days ago 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
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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
Betsy, Thank you! I am lucky and proud too to be yours!
Toggle Commented Feb 6, 2015 on On being "dumped" ... at Mining Nuggets
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Quote of the day: Often I’ve heard that the people who become writers are those who can’t satisfactorily express themselves or have any power in real life. My desire for autonomy came out through my writing ... Writing allows me... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Well, finally it happened. I was tagged. You know. The five things you may not know about me, meme. Jean at This Too made the suggestion and I laughed out loud. "What on earth have I left out about me... Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 1, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Dearest *old* friend, So good to hear from you. Surely, you must know by now how much I appreciate your words of love and support. Always, Your one and only *Tam!*
Toggle Commented Jan 29, 2015 on Living the rewrite: Part II at Mining Nuggets
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Sitting in a coffee shop organizing the chapters of the new book I am writing, I feel a sense of excitement; the thrill when pieces fall into place, and the book takes shape before my eyes. For some weeks now... Continue reading
Posted Jan 26, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
I recognize that I don't actually rewrite my emotional script as much as I live it through feelings that arise in the context of interactions with others. Writing about it, though, helps to pick apart the illusions that I developed... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: After 30 years of working with emotional eaters, I can confidently say that I've never met anyone who has ever lost weight — and kept it off — by deprivation. We are sensory, pleasure-loving beings. It... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: The daily sharing of my interior life made me stop and notice my world. MaryBeth Coudal This morning I woke up and realized that it is time to celebrate my ninth blogaversary. I lay in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2015 at Mining Nuggets
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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