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Tamarika
Philadelphia
Retired early childhood teacher educator, author, 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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[The New Yorker: "Mother's Day," by Ana Juan.] This Fourth of July I really wanted to celebrate. I mean, I really did. I've always loved the idea of : "Independence" Day. The idea that we are all rejoicing our freedom... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
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Dr. Tamar Jacobson: Early childhood development and education consultant for early childhood programs, organizations, and families. Click on: Information and Vita NBC News (Think) Article Upcoming events: Presentation at New Jersey Association for the Education of Young Children Conference, October, 2019 Presentation at National Black Child Development Conference, Chicago, Illinois,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2019 at Tamar Jacobson
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What a month this has been. Reflecting, celebrating, donating, walking, crocheting, singing, exercising, talking, gardening, writing, laughing, crying, eating all kinds of great food - all the while retiring and turning 70. And throughout each day, family and friends far... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
Thanks for your comment, Betsy. I love that line too! Fills me with hope and joy to be surrounded by such wise and compassionate colleagues and friends.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2019 on Mini count down to 70: #4 at Mining Nuggets
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Dear Sylvia - thank you so much for these words! I dedicated my blog post this morning to you: https://tamarika.typepad.com/mined_nuggets/2019/05/mini-count-down-to-70-4.html
Toggle Commented May 23, 2019 on Mini count down to 70: #3 at Mining Nuggets
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Learning from my elders This morning I received a comment to yesterday's blog post. It was from a colleague, who I am more than grateful to acknowledge has become a friend. She wrote: I remember having similar feelings more than... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
Legacy It probably is too early to be thinking about one's legacy. But as I inch closer to the age of 70, and since I am retiring at the end of June, I have been wondering what, if anything I... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
Journey to the unknown Thirty one years ago I immigrated to America to take myself back to school. It was a journey into the unknown: new country, new continent, new academia, new cultures. Planning, packing, traveling, arriving were all filled... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
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Patience This morning a bouquet of flowers greeted me as I wandered around my garden to see what was new. I thought to myself, "What a great time to be turning 70." In four days' time, actually. It is an... Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at Mining Nuggets
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
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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 doctorate in early childhood education at the University at Buffalo (UB). As Director of the University at Buffalo Child Care Center (UBCCC), she... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2018 at Tamar Jacobson
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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
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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