Author Archives: Taminar

About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.

Traveling the Country

I recently ran across a kind of quiz on Facebook that suggested identifying the states you’d lived in and those you’d visited. I started adding my icons right away. I knew the states where I’d lived – where my dad … Continue reading

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The Big C: Isolation

It’s day 6 of quarantine for me. I’m radioactive after a treatment for thyroid cancer, so I can’t be around anyone. Husband and cats are at his mother’s house, and I’m home on my own. I don’t feel radioactive. If … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Favorite Find

It’s inevitable, entering a third year of the 52 Ancestors challenge, that the prompts will evoke stories I’ve told previously. I’ve written about several favorite finds before. Today will be a tale of two cities. Well, one’s more of a … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Foundations

It’s a new year for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, Amy Johnson Crow’s weekly challenge to write and share family history information and discoveries. When I saw the prompt for week one, my first thought was construction, and that reminded … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Future

We are living in the future, but it is not the future of my childhood. The future I was promised. Where is my household assistant robot? The Jetsons, The Twilight Zone, and various movies from the ’50s and ’60s showed … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Holiday

When I think of Christmas, I think about the time that I was left alone with the wrapped presents, and I carefully unwrapped one of the packages with my name on it. I found something I loved, a set of … Continue reading

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Violence and Heroism

Movies, books, and television give us examples today of villains as heroes. We watched “The Suicide Squad” a couple of days ago. I don’t recall any one of the Dirty Dozen doing the heinous things the Suicide Squad did. Am … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Holiday

Growing up, we didn’t always celebrate the traditional holidays with family. We often lived too far away. I think that lifestyle has made it easier to deal with COVID restrictions and separations. On the other hand, we had a lot … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Lines

This week’s topic in the 52 Ancestors challenge is really wide open. I could right about family lines, or learning lines for a play. But I decided to write about bylines. Merriam-Webster defines a byline as “a line at the … Continue reading

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The Big C: The Dietary Challenge

When the endocrinologist told me I’d need to limit my intake of iodine for a week before taking my radioactive pill, I thought, “No problem.” I rarely eat seafood, and I don’t each much salt anyway. Piece of cake. Rather, … Continue reading

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