About me, About the stories

Tamara with her daughter Nicole

I am a mother, poet, writer, and psychologist living in the tropical high country of the Sierra Madre mountains of Chiapas, Mexico. I have spent a lot of time in wilderness where the beauty of this planet permanently opened my sense of awe. My travels and my compulsion to learn about the wonderful diversity of cultures on our magnificent homeworld have put me in some unique situations.

Pieces of these experiences have been tucked into Mommy’s Story Box. Around 7:30 on school nights, I am invited by my little girl Nicole to pull out impressions from my collection and quilt them together into a story.

I write at the Escuela de Agroecología y Permacultura Tierra Linda, a demonstration farm where I have taught over a thousand local people to grow their own organic food. With the view out my window of cornfields on steep volcanic slopes, it is not hard to imagine that caterpillars, birds, butterflies, and rainbows can speak.

My deepest wish is to participate in the transformation of human culture toward the creation of a sustainable global society that honors all Life.

Samples of published articles

“More than Red Ridinghood: Protecting our Children from our Pain about the World,” Nation of Change, June 4, 2013 Read
Reprinted September 25, 2013 in The Attached Family, see comments

“The ‘Go Away Persona’ Mystery: Helping My Young Child Adjust to a Change of Caregivers”, January 30, 2013, The Attached Family, Read now

“The Parade of Little Girls”, 2009, The Attached Family. Click here

“Looking Beyond Money, Living Beyond Fear”, 2010, Commondreams.org Click here

Dr. Tamara is a contributing editor for Attachment Parenting International, publisher of The Attached Family magazine and TheAttachedFamily.com.

Non-profit work in Chiapas, Mexico and Guatemala

Tamara Brennan, Ph.D., Executive Director
The Sexto Sol Center for Community Action

About the Stories

ThePinkeltonsOur Cozy Time stories are available by subscription with a new story coming to your inbox each month. The stories are delivered as text without illustrations other than a couple of photos to suggest the mood and setting. While beautifully illustrated children’s books are treasures, it is important for children to have the opportunity to imagine for themselves what a story “looks like.” The ability to read depends on this skill. Let’s face it, the world needs people who can visualize, imagine, question, conjure and dream.

New! “The Unexpected Voyage” – When Katie’s green ball bounces off the hill into the back of a passing truck, the neighborhood kids could never imagine what an amazing journey it would have. This story takes Cozy Time readers over the Pacific Ocean in a cargo ship, a jet and finally under water snorkling in a coral reef.

“Mr. Bug’s Important Quest”– a classic hero’s journey. In the story, our friend Mr. Bug sets off to find a his heart’s desire. Along the way he meets the most wonderful creatures whose intriguing qualities help him realize that, just like Dorothy, he had the answer very close to him all along.

“I smiled all the time I was reading this delightful story of the ladybug who wanted to learn to dance. Absolutely delightful! You write so beautifully, and your use of dialog is excellent. The reader can almost hear the conversations being spoken. These stories are all beautiful and perfect for children.” Mary Aley Wilkinson

New! “Philippe and the Visitor” tells the tale of an intriguing traveler who came to the village of a little boy who likes to sing. It is a sweet story that illustrates the wisdom of a seasoned traveler who plants the seeds of wonder in a child. Each of us is the traveler, each is the child.

“Ivan’s Christmas Gig” – Ivan notices that the little girl who’s smile sets off the bubble machine in his stomach seems to have lost her coat. This is a tender tale about the sweetness in the heart of little boys. It has a good measure of family warmth and music added in.

“Jonathan and the Alphabetsters” – On the first day of school, the first graders are excited about the prospect of learning to read. But when their teacher begins to speak, they realize that she does not speak their language! Jonathan’s mom takes him to the library to find help. Happily, inside one particularly large book he encounters the world’s top authorities on letters, words and reading. That’s when the fun begins.

“Where are the Kite Boys?” – One bright afternoon, despite the glorious sunshine and a nice breeze, there are no boys flying kites in the courtyard in front of the little adobe church. Three parrots and a puff of wind conspire to liberate them from their places in front of a television where they sit, mesmerized.

“Bush Baby Falls Out of His Tree” – Based on an experience I had in Botswana when the tiny primate fell out of tree at my feet. The story implies that there are always people to help you if you get lost. It is a friendly Universe/world.”

“Janette Decides to be Big” – Janette decides that she is quite capable of directing her own affairs and vows to only do what she thinks of herself. She soon learns that this brings consequences that she did not expect!

“The Wishcase” – Nancy holds steadfast to her dream of visiting her Grandparents. Convinced that soon she will be needing her suitcase, she hides it in the hall closet.

“Humperdink the Grumperdink and his Mysterious Bump Disease” – A modern day Grinch story. Harold has to learn the hard way that it is better live in your heart. This is a long story that can be told in episodes due to the likelihood of sleep taking over.

“Chispa” – A spark of light leaps from the sun and takes a glorious trip through the shimmering rainforest.

“The Leaf Who Wanted to See the Ocean” – Leaf lived on the rainshadow side of the mountains. One day a friendly bird tells her of the wonders of the vast ocean. She is enthralled and decides that she wants nothing more than to let go of her branch and to go on her grand adventure. I love what this Grandma reported:

“Yesterday Nathan and I read with pleasure about Leaf and Avian, and then do you know what we did? We Google-mapped Motozintla and followed Avian’s flight path to the Pacific. We took note of the squiggly hairpin turns in the roads that mean steep mountains, and the flat places where rivers broadened into parallel streams before hitting the mangroves. We flew low and discovered mangrove islands.” Mary and Nathan Gilbert in Boston.

“Purple” – Little Purple decides to leave the collective of the rainbow to see what it is like to paint things down below. It takes some help from the friends she encounters but she learns that by being herself, she can have impact.

“The Town that Filled up with Trash (and the Children Who Saved it)” – working title. Dedicated to the children and indigenous elders of Motozitla, Chiapas, Mexico where we live.

“Valerie the Small Person with Big Ideas” – Valerie helps solve a troubling conflict between two groups of people using her violin and her ability to listen carefully.

“The Sky People’s Gift” – Little Iliana is terrified of the rain. The sky people decide to help her overcome her fears by showing her the beauty of what they do. Newsflash I am pleased to be working with artist Debbie Cosentino who is illustrating this story. Look for it on Amazon.com this Spring.

“Sniffy Boy” – When a music teacher adopts a special little puppy he gets more than a dog. Sniffy soon helps his friend find his way back to his muse.

“Beany Head” – Kimberly just loves the green beans from her Mommy’s garden but her brother teases her that if she keeps eating so much, she might turn into a beany head. Ooops.

“The Music Bird” – A gentle and beautiful tale of a boy who goes into the forest to find the secret to helping his mother overcome grief.

“Choconoy” – When a farmer finds a friendly caterpillar munching on his crops, he wishes aloud that instead of eating his vegetables that the little fellow might find a way to help him.

As Nicole says, “Mommy, we have a lot of stories!” There are indeed enough for you to renew your subscription for a second year.

All stories are copyrighted and are the intellectual property of Tamara Brennan, Ph.D., (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

Contact me at: ourcozytime@hotmail.com


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