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Tamar Abrams
Tamar Abrams has worked as a TV producer, magazine editor and newspaper reporter but has spent most of her career helping nonprofits, foundations and individuals leverage their resources to maximize the power of communications in educating, persuading and motivating their target audiences. She is also a freelance writer and a foster mom. Tamar and her daughter live in Arlington, Virginia.

Entries by Tamar Abrams

Should An 87-Year-Old Still Be Driving?

(2) Comments | Posted March 28, 2016 | 5:42 AM


Acts of bravery can be large or small, and sometimes so infinitesimal that they pass without notice. I want to share one of those small moments that occurred without fanfare but entailed the same courage that most such brave actions do. On a...

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What Happened to Disagreeing Respectfully in America?

(38) Comments | Posted February 22, 2016 | 11:06 AM

Within hours of learning about the mass shootings in Kalamazoo, I tweeted the following: America will never be great until we value human life more than gun ownership. To be clear, I tweet under my own name, with a photo of myself. My tweets over the past five...

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Peter Singer Wants Us to Be More Thoughtful Givers

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2015 | 9:13 AM

Many acts of charity are spontaneous, as you walk by the Salvation Army kettle or past the guy with a cardboard sign standing in the median. Others are designed to demonstrate publicly that you are a giver which is why so many of us buy gift wrap we don't want...

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Actor Robert Patrick Hosts Annual USO Gala

(0) Comments | Posted October 21, 2015 | 10:45 AM


Actor Robert Patrick is often recognized for his role as Cabe Gallo on CBS's hit show Scorpion or from playing T-1000 in Terminator 2, or from Identity Thief or Wayne's World or The Sopranos. But when Vice President Joe...

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Going to Class Should Not Be an Act of Bravery

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2015 | 5:49 PM

Throughout the lives of our children, we have to caution them against real threats -- strangers, crossing streets, drugs and alcohol -- in the hope that we can keep them safe. As my daughter nears her 23rd birthday and graduation from college, I had begun to cut back on the...

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My Aging Dad: What's Lost and What Remains

(2) Comments | Posted September 30, 2015 | 4:35 PM

In his prime, my father was a powerful man. He was the first military judge to wear a judicial robe, presiding over courts-martial across Europe. He had a strong body with a barrel chest and tanned skin from skiing the Alps and swimming in the Azores. My dad rose through...

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Film Seeks to Compel Parents to Ask Hard Questions about Mercury and Vaccinations

(0) Comments | Posted April 19, 2015 | 1:59 PM

There are few issues more polarizing these days than vaccines. Merely saying the word forces us to claim a side, often vehemently. Which is why it's interesting that the filmmakers of Trace Amounts: Austism, Mercury and the Hidden Truth say, "Many people think we are anti-vaccinations....

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A Plague From Last Century Speaks Loudly in the Present

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2015 | 2:34 PM

My grandmother, who lived well into her 90s, contracted tuberculosis as a young mother. She spent several lonely years in Saranac Lake, New York while her husband struggled to earn a living and her children were shuffled from relative to relative. She was not alone. According to "The...

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First-Time Novelist Tackles Guns and Corruption

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2015 | 2:31 PM

The novel A Spy Came Home by H.N. Wake is a typical thriller, loaded with suspense, some violence, taut pacing. But it is unique in many ways: Written by a former government worker, H.N. Wake is a pseudonym. The main character - the spy who comes...

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No Time Like the Holidays to Let Differing Beliefs Unite Us

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 11:15 AM

I don't expect more than a handful of people to recognize the colorful glass piece adorning the frame of my home's front door. It's not there to make a statement to others but to serve as a blessing for all who enter as well as a reminder of my heritage....

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When Did the Lines Between Good and Bad Guys Become Blurred?

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 3:34 PM

It used to be much easier to tell the good guys from the bad guys. When did the lines become so blurred?

When my college-aged daughter was young, I taught her the difference between "good touch" and "bad touch." Weren't the parents of boys doing the same thing? Why is...

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Delaware Takes Its Toll on Speeders Like Me

(0) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 1:50 PM

I've watched my share of Judge Judy and understand that the likelihood of ending up in court increases in direct proportion to the amount of jewelry you wear, the number and placement of tattoos visible on your neck and the times you use "conversate" in a sentence. Well into my...

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Even in Florida, a Little Girl's Wish Is to Be 'Frozen'

(0) Comments | Posted October 22, 2014 | 6:59 PM

What 4-and-a-half-year-old girl wouldn't want to spend a day with Elsa from Frozen? Certainly not Ariel Shipp of Jacksonville, Florida. And luckily for her she had the opportunity to do just that last month, though Elsa bore a startling resemblance to her mother, Amy. As 25,000 YouTube viewers...

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Dear Homeland Security: Why Don't I Feel Safer?

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 8:04 PM

In the years after 9/11, Americans faced a domino effect of diminishing rights, beginning at the nation's airports. In the early days, restaurants near boarding gates offered forks and spoons but no knives. Those brave enough to order meat or bagels had to be inventive in their cutting or schmearing...

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In New Hollywood, Lines Blur Between Filmmakers and Viewers

(0) Comments | Posted September 14, 2014 | 12:07 AM

As young filmmakers lay siege to Hollywood and indie films gather steam against the studio system, the line between creators and consumers begins to blur. This can be a good thing, according to director/producer Kevin Hamedani and writer/director Max Borenstein. The men, both in their early...

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Actor Travis Van Winkle Is Slow and Smooth

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 12:26 PM

His name was hardly an asset as a child. Travis Van Winkle was variously called "Twinkle Toes," "Van Stinkle," and of course was asked, "Hey, are you related to Rip?" But now the 31-year-old actor says, "I love my last name. No one else has it but Vanilla...

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A Reflection on Aging Inspired by 'Portlandia' and the Monkees

(1) Comments | Posted April 26, 2014 | 2:16 PM

At a meditation class I attended last week, a woman about my age -- mid-50s -- said the oddest thing. A group of us were discussing how aging releases us from the need to conform to fashion and this one woman said, "Well there is one good thing about aging,...

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I Am Among the 5 Million Who Have Benefited From the Affordable Care Act

(133) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 11:49 AM

I am one of the 5 million Americans who have obtained health care under the Affordable Care Act. Although I was covered by Cobra for another year, I was happy to find health insurance with the same carrier (Care First) for about $700 per month less than I...

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As Christmas Approaches, Our Children Return to Us

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 8:47 AM

It's the first week of December and parents of college students know what that means: Our kids will be home for a while. For first-time empty nesters, this means preparing for the noise, chaos and mess that they missed so earnestly back in September. For those of us who have...

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Kevin Hamedani's Films Have Heart and an Edge and His Parents

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 7:27 PM

Kevin Hamedani (on right in photo) is a filmmaker who is both brave and a bit crazy. While touring the country's film festivals with his first indie feature, Zombies of Mass Destruction, he got the bright idea to make and star in a comedic film about film festivals....

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