About/Contact Me

Tamarah Rockwood





 Me in 5 Seconds…start the microwave:

  • I don’t really care about a clean house, which means I get to spend more time with my family.  It also means when we have guests over, I have to dedicate a few days to relearn how to deep clean 2,000 sqft.
  • I have endless guilt about way too much nonsense. Am I doing enough? Am I doing too much? Are we learning enough in school, am I pushing the kids too hard in school? What is the meaning of life…what is my purpose…honestly. This is why God invented bourbon.
  • I have successfully not lost any weight in the past year and a half, despite taking up green smoothies and roller skating.
  • I have lots of great bedroom tips… that are going to the grave with me. Unless you want to buy me a beer, and then I’ll write them down on a napkin for you.
  • I am a recovering hypochondriac with actual diseases and disorders.
  • I have run the dishwasher with toys in them because I am not cleaning the dried snails out of Legos with a sponge.
  • It is shallow, but I want to be rich and famous with a bungalow in the Highlands of Scotland. With a horse. And a rope swing.


    Me in 10 seconds

    Wife of Ben, Mother of 5, homeschooling steward, keeper of chickens, gardens and endless projects, appreciator of American & British Literature (1850-1950), endless thinker, continuous learner and a woman very devoted to giving God glory in and through my life and through the lives of others.

    I’m fascinated with the experience of life through the perspective of people.  My degree in Literature was the study of history through the words of the people who lived through it.  I would love to get to the bottom of “what it means to be a woman.”  This is unbelievably complicated, but I will get there.

    I love seeing a different point of view.

    Total introvert (INTJ). I thrive in solitude.  Just FYI.

    Creator.  I create something every day.

    California native. Second generation American.  My blood is from Scotland.

    Amazingly happy and deeply grateful.


    Keep In Touch

    Email: tamr@platypusdirective.com

    Twitter: @tamrmint

    Etsy…which isn’t taking off like I thought, but who knows?


    Official Bragging Bio

    I decided not to be an artist.  Artists are so optimistic; they can actually create life out of pictures.  Literary figures, on the other hand, are able to put the human experience into words, which is a little more my speed.My husband started poking me in my side during our German class throughout our Sophomore year in high school.  We have been madly in love ever since.After waiting 9 years to have children, we now have 5.  I am sure my family is not convinced we are finished.  To be honest, I never am, myself.Self published my first book of poetry, Petals of Magnolia, because it was a dream I had.  Paid for by proceeds I won from an art contest with a series of sculptures. I have made $0 on this book, so feel free to purchase it without the guilt of any money making it back to me.I have only lived in California, besides a small stint with my family in Beijing.  My grandparents were from Canada, and a few generations back were from Scotland.  Life is funny.  I sometimes wonder what would have happened if The Scottish Clearings hadn’t happened.Have homeschooled for 6 years.  Have also avoided arguments in regards to schooling philosophies for 6 years.


    Theory of Platypus


    • (yes, I know this is a giraffe and not a platypus. I’m getting to it.) 

      What does it mean to “fit in”?

      I have trouble defining myself very well.

      My life at the moment is incubated in my home with my husband and children.  I sew, write, paint, garden, homeschool and create gluten free recipes that are actually tasty.  My mind, on the other hand, is all over the place.  What matters in life?  How do I matter in life?  What should I do in life?  What does it all mean?

      “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” 
      ― Mae West

      My Theory of Platypus is a long running idea.

      Years ago I noticed that in groups of women, there were always a few who stood out.   They were a little more unique, a little more going on inside.  They weren’t always the leaders, although sometimes they were; they weren’t always the quiet ones, although I think they certainly had their moments of silent observations.  There was just something about them…

      I enjoyed working when I worked, and I enjoyed studying when I was in college.  Now I am a mom of 5 kids, very happily married and raising an ecosystem of plants and animals within my house/homestead.

      But there is this void between intellectual women who stay home and the the outside world.  There is some gap between women who think that is hard to quantify, exactly.  I haven’t exactly found the right term for this, which means I get to take the reigns and create my own category.

      It is my intent to bridge the gap in order to empower the women who make deliberate decisions in their lives in order to build a more colorful, and interesting, journey for themselves and their families.  I think it is crucial for the collective of women to be encouraged to pave their journey with a bedrock of strength, instead of resignation.  Likewise, there is a great number of Platypus women in the world who are amazing observers of life…and I love talking to them because their perspective is always vividly interesting.

      I really believe women who live deliberately make the best decisions for their lives, and for their families.  There is a power of thought that they grasp as their greatest asset, which I absolutely love to see.

      The Platypus was just an idea I had for myself years ago: I couldn’t find a term, or a distinction, or a category to put these very unique women into.  So, I chose the term “Platypus” as a starting point for this journey:  it is a mammal that, with a little bit of rebellious defiance,  just doesn’t quite fit in…

      I hope you find these essays/random thoughts/ramblings interesting   🙂



      Further Reading:

      About the Platypus Theory

      The Platypus Club.


    2 thoughts on “About/Contact Me

    1. Hi-

      I just switched my blog — Thoughts, Tips and Tales –from a free WordPress blog to a self-hosted one at http://www.thoughtstipsandtales.com, and want to make sure my former followers (94 of them) are still able to follow my regular blog posts. Can you please write back and let me know if you can see the posts from yesterday (Unforgettable for All the Wrong Reasons)and today (Scaling Blogging Back a Little)?

      Thanks so much for your help!


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