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Early childhood teacher educator, life partner, mother, and author.
Interests: music, gardening, 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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Can I be more compassionate with myself? For if I am not, am I able to have compassion for others? These are questions I have been asking since reading about self compassion by Kristin Neff. For example, what critical voices... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
I have been blogging for fourteen years. It is a long time to be sharing my thoughts and feelings with the Cyber-Universe. The title of this blog is "Mining Nuggets: Contemplations and reflections of a 69 year old Zimraelican." The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
Sylvia, Thanks so much for sharing what happened for you. This means so much to me. I hope I can find the courage to truly find and follow my heart too ... Tamar
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2018 on Transitions at Mining Nuggets
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Marion, You are a role model for having the courage to follow your heart. I very much appreciate your comment here. With love, Tamarika!
Toggle Commented Dec 30, 2018 on Transitions at Mining Nuggets
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Quote of the day: "The point about retirement is not to clutter it up with too many activities." [Said a friend to me a few months ago] Transitions. Ten minutes - GO! Work was about developing an identity. Is retirement... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Dr. Tamar Jacobson: Early childhood development and education consultant for early childhood programs, organizations, and families. Click on: Information and Vita Upcoming event in February 2019: Workforce Solutions, Directors Symposium. Austin, Texas: Download Texaskeynote Upcoming event in March 2019: WNY Chapter of NYAEYC Buffalo, New York Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2018 at Tamar Jacobson
Today is my last day of teaching classes. It feels strange. While I am sad to be leaving this place where I have loved working these past thirteen years, I am excited and anxious to begin the next phase of... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
How lucky I am to have the therapist I have. I realized this morning that I love going to therapy. It is almost always enlightening and revealing even though confronting my Self can be uncomfortable and painful at times. I... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Okay ... so I have decided to start keeping a "luck diary." The idea being that I must write daily about one or two small things that I consider positively lucky. I thought I might try it for just one... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Thanks for your comment, Leonie. I appreciate you too! xxx's
Toggle Commented Nov 23, 2018 on No time to countdown! 2018 at Mining Nuggets
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I didn't leave myself much time to write any more countdown pieces for Thanksgiving. And so, after just one blog post, and before I realized it, Thanksgiving arrived this morning. I suppose I can be thankful that I have been... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Tamar Jacobson was born in Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and traveled to Israel where she became a preschool teacher with the Israeli Ministry of Education. Jacobson completed a BA, masters, and doctorate in early childhood education at the University at Buffalo (UB). As Director of the University at Buffalo Child Care... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Tamar Jacobson
Thanksgiving is days away and it's time for my "countdown" to giving thanks. This morning I am grateful to be alive. I woke up in the middle of the night realizing that next year I will be 70 and retired.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
I cannot believe that ten years ago I wrote a series of blog posts about turning sixty. I mean where did those ten years go? For, now it's already time to count down to 70. Somehow this stage feels even... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Yes! Thanks, Lis. How wonderful to find you here. Much love always xxx's
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Recently I learned that this expression, “we get what we get and don’t get upset,” is used freely and frequently by teachers of young children. The adults say it, for example, when they are deciding which musical instruments they are... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
My publisher recently interviewed me for a future, featured slot on their website to promote my latest book. They wrote to me with a bunch of questions and I sat thinking about and writing out my responses over the course... Continue reading
Posted Jul 29, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Dear Cheryl, Am always so happy to hear from you. I love how you say there is time to be a good friend, for this feels so important to me at this time. Perhaps I'll get to see you as a result! Your comment means so much to me.
Toggle Commented Jul 23, 2018 on Never retiring from me at Mining Nuggets
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Being in a phased retirement program at my university has helped me experience what it will be like to be fully retired from my faculty and academic position next June. Indeed, each year for the past two years and including... Continue reading
Posted Jul 22, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day I have yet to see a serious act of violence that was not provoked by the experience of feeling ashamed or humiliated, disrespected and ridiculed. James Gilligan, Psychiatrist and author, NPR. April, 2015. For awhile now... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Thank you, John. Always good to hear from you. xxx's
Toggle Commented Apr 26, 2018 on Opossum at Mining Nuggets
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Yesterday morning I buried a small opossum. He had been lying on my lawn for two days. Each day I examined him and checked whether he was dead or just playing dead as opossums do. After three days, I was... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Hi Tom, How good it is to "find" you here! Yes, I know it's your birthday on April 2nd. Gee, and of course! You have always been a year older than me. Isn't it amazing how far we have come? Let's try and see each other in our seventies! All my best, always, Tamar
Toggle Commented Mar 30, 2018 on A note to my blog at Mining Nuggets
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Dear blog, I have not forgotten you, nor have I lost the urge to write about anything and everything. It seems that I have been so busy learning about what it is going to be like when I retire from... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
What a storm that was! Forceful winds whipping and plastering heavy, wet snow and ice to the trees, burdening them to crashing to the ground atop buses and cars demolishing them and pulling down power lines leaving devastation in their... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2018 at Mining Nuggets