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.

Mystery-Thriller Giveaway

What would you do if your child was abducted, brutalized and left for dead? That’s the question at the heart of CounterPunch, a new novella by Patrice Williams Marks.   This book really packs a punch, too. It’s told primarily … Continue reading

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The Time My Pap-pa Saved Me From a Bear

When I was a toddler, my dad was stationed in Seattle, Washington. We lived in Kirkland. While we lived out there, my grandparents – my mother’s parents, Hoyt and Willie Cook – drove out there to visit, and we all … Continue reading

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Secrets of Finding Family Through DNA

You’ve gotten your DNA results, but something’s missing. Where is your family tree? Where is the list of your famous relatives, proven by science? That’s gonna take some work. Yes, my friend, genealogical research is the first secret of finding … Continue reading

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The Science of DNA Heritage

You’ve sent in your spit or your swab, and now you’re waiting on the DNA company to send you your results, to tell you who your family is and where you came from. When the results come in, you’ll get … Continue reading

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A Woman’s Will to Learn

I spent this afternoon scanning documents from my grandmother’s photo albums. I didn’t get through everything, but I did process a whole bunch of her report cards from the University of Florida and the Florida State College for Women. She … Continue reading

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Troublesome German on Passenger List

I’m researching my husband’s grandmother, who emigrated from Germany around 1908. I think I’ve found her on a passenger list for a ship called the Pretoria. I could, of course, read the typed words easily enough to type them into … Continue reading

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Sneaking Streaming Time

I don’t have a Netflix account, but I’m trying to win a 6-month membership by sharing how I sneak a little time to watch my favorite shows. For now, I use streaming services with free options like Vudu and Crackle, … Continue reading

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