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Tamarika
Philadelphia
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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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 yesterday 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
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
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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
Quotes of the Day: I worshipped dead men for their strength, Forgetting I was strong. Vita Sackville-West, in Steinem, "Revolution From Within." Once we were old enough to have an education, the first step toward self-esteem for most of us... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
A year ago I wrote: Because of the book I am now writing, I am constantly thinking about children needing attention. Today, I thought about how adults want young children to learn self-regulation. Somehow they see children's need for attention... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2018 at Mining Nuggets
Happy New Year, Marion!
Toggle Commented Dec 31, 2017 on Accompanying me into the New Year at Mining Nuggets
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Early this morning I looked at Oscar and Mimi sleeping peacefully close up against the heating units. It was dark outside with decorative lights from the house across the street twinkling through the window. Snow began falling softly. I realized... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
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Quote of the day I have some goals for my New Year. They are part of my wintry mix: writing the new book, sharing my emotional life with others, allowing myself to face more and more of my uncomfortable or... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Okay - here is a third try to write something for December. Writing a blog there are no crumpled pieces of paper strewn all over the floor. But ideas are strewn all over my brain. At first I wanted to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 7, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Night falls on a long day of nothing in particular. A bit of laundry, baking a chocolate cake and making dinner. A few emails for work and some Internet Scrabble with friends across the nation and the world. Mostly it... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
My very first NAEYC conference was in Atlanta. I was terrified of the crowds, fast moving glass elevators that raced to the top of tens of stories, and the bright lights of the enormous hotels. I couldn’t believe I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
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Picture Day! Yesterday I had my picture taken by a professional photographer. Jo was terrific! What an angel! She took pictures of me smiling, laughing, dubious, chatty, and serious. Even though it took her almost half of the one and... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
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[Tamarika in Manhattan, 1987] Thirty years ago I met the United States of America for the first time in my life. It was October 1987, and I was thirty eight years old. I came to spend a month here: Three... Continue reading
Posted Oct 26, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
Quote of the day: In the end, the writer has the last word ... Nicole Krauss, Radio Times, NPR Recently, while sifting through old papers in my memory box, I found a correspondence between my mother and I from 16... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2017 at Mining Nuggets
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[The lighthouse at Cape May Point] Early this morning, before the sun could struggle through the clouds, I was on the beach breathing in the cool breeze of ocean air. Sea gulls were my companions as I looked out to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2017 at Mining Nuggets