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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: 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
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