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Retired early childhood teacher educator, author, life partner, mother, and grandmother.
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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Lately, I've been writing for ten minutes from a given prompt. I'll be posting these bits and pieces from time to time, and maybe one day they will be included in a memoir. Prompt: Body part My ankle has been... Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2022 at Mining Nuggets
How do I write my memoir? Where do I begin? Which part of my life story is the important one - the crux, the kernel, the source of the meaning of my life? What makes my life more meaningful or... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2022 at Mining Nuggets
This month marks the seventeenth anniversary of starting to blog. At the time my blog was named: Tamarika, In and Out of Confidence: A Journey to the Center of Myself. A year later I changed my blog's name to: Mining... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2022 at Mining Nuggets
Self-Compassion is not as easy as it sounds. I find whenever I return the focus away from self degradation to self-compassion, painful memories rise up from my childhood and much of my past adulthood as well. Self degradation is learned... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Mining Nuggets
Cheryl, I have benefited from your support for years ... decades! Am always grateful for you. Always!
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2020 on Self-forgiveness at Mining Nuggets
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Thank you, Mary! I love seeing you here!
Toggle Commented Sep 20, 2020 on Self-forgiveness at Mining Nuggets
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During this pandemic I found myself choosing to do a lot of self-work. For example, I took on a number of 21-day challenges with Deepak Chopra, a 2-hour "zoom" workshop with Geneen Roth, as well as a four-week challenge with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at Mining Nuggets
Tracie - I think it is really hard to listen to the "other," when one has learned to fear people who are different. That's why this type of self-reflection is so difficult. Facing ourselves and understanding our shame, fears and anxieties can be very painful.
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In each of the three books that I have written these past fifteen years or so, whether they are about reflecting on how we developed our biases, the way we were disciplined, or how we sought attention as children, I... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2020 at Mining Nuggets
It feels like Australia and New Zealand just slipped through my fingers, Cheryl. It was like a dream that I almost came to see you in March. And here you are ... always here. Such a darling, good friend.
Toggle Commented May 8, 2020 on A day in the life at Mining Nuggets
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During the COVID 19 pandemic, I discover that I have developed daily routines. I wake up usually between 5:00 and 5:30 a.m. and walk upstairs to my study, where I turn on the coffee pot and give Mimi and Oscar... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2020 at Mining Nuggets
At the beginning of this man's presidency, I vowed never to allow his name or pictures of him on any of my websites, so that at least from this one citizen, he would not be privy to attention - because... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2020 at Mining Nuggets
Yes. Yes. One day at a time ... actually one moment at a time. I think because I have the time and space now to reflect, I am learning viscerally more and more how to be present in the moment.
Toggle Commented Mar 31, 2020 on Charoset at Mining Nuggets
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I am pretty well exhausted and it is only noon. I woke up at 4:45 this morning wide-eyed and panicked. Suddenly I realized that Passover is next week and I haven't bought a thing for it. What was I waiting... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2020 at Mining Nuggets
Leaning into a state of no control. I always remember an old friend of mine saying, "Don't worry. Everything is out of control." We were in our late twenties - well over 40 years ago - and she meant it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2020 at Mining Nuggets
Cheryl! Beautiful! See you soon!
Toggle Commented Feb 10, 2020 on A question of attitude at Mining Nuggets
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So, I was having a really good week - getting myself on track, making important decisions about my health, arranging a trip to Australia and New Zealand to visit with old friends, and give a keynote presentation on the importance... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2020 at Mining Nuggets
Betsy! Do it again! Thanks for your support always. xxx's
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2020 on 15th year blog-aversary at Mining Nuggets
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Over the years every now and then I come to the conclusion that my writing days are over. And then something happens to inspire me to write again. It could be something my cats do, or the way the sun... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2020 at Mining Nuggets
Hey, Euan! Thank you for the comment. Happy New Year, old friend!
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Quote of the day: Feelings and predispositions matter, for Aristotle, but more for the sake of self-knowledge than self-improvement ... Mister Rogers agreed: “Everyone has lots of ways of feeling. And all of those feelings are fine. It’s what we... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
On gratitude: Appreciation for humankind when it is being kind; loving glorious vistas and quaint overgrown gardens; feeling visible and worthwhile; recognizing past pain as just that ... past pain; feeling love to the point of agony when looking into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
Is this an early start to countdown to Thanksgiving? Arriving in Buffalo to facilitate a professional development day with University at Buffalo Child Care Center staff. Looking out at the sea of faces of child care teachers and administrators, I... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: Life is like an onion. You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep. Carl Sandburg About a week ago in the late afternoon, I was standing in my kitchen wondering what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
Hi Tamar M. Yes it’s thought provoking for me too! Let’s see if I can learn how to do this LOL
Toggle Commented Sep 29, 2019 on New year reflections at Mining Nuggets
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