About Judih

I live on Kibbutz Nir-Oz in the Western Negev in Israel. I teach at  Nofei Habsor Regional High School and have been for the past 17 years.

My interests are ADHD and teaching kids to work with it. I write poetry (specifically haiku) as an expression of all that I absorb. I believe that using the arts as a tool for focusing our students is a better tool for life than simply advocating medications and leaving it at that.

Since I work in Otef Azza (the area east of the Gaza strip, filled with kibbutzim), I have been loathe to write honestly about what I’m experiencing. This is mostly due to the fact that if I speak of qassams or other fire aimed our way, I cause my family in the U.S. and Canada to worry, for no reason, for worry does nothing but eat up the worrier. However, since speaking to students here and a little further north  in the city of Sderot and the Sha’ar HaNegev area, I know that speaking about what’s going on is the only way to honestly share our predicament.

Expression is the best way to personally cope with trauma and anxiety.

I may choose to be personal or simply a vessel for others, but this blog is for talking about things.

September 25, 2012back and black

15 responses to “About Judih

  1. talkingnow ⋅

    Hi Adam – nice to meet you. I am a woman and very glad of it! My haiku can be found at http://tribes.tribe.net/poetryjams

    Delightful to meet you!

  2. Adam Hughes ⋅

    Delighted to meet you Sir. And from israel too :) Looking very much forward to reading your posts and haiku’s.Regards, Adam

  3. talkingnow ⋅

    hey wylde, welcome to the desert hotpot, but mostly not.

    thanks for visiting

  4. wylde

    man o man oh man. i KNEW you were busy and a multifacted loving; giving person and are like a mosaic of conductive energy; but im still stunned at what you put together.
    u go girl!
    with love. and arcs of wings for the days that are heavy. look to the sun. you know the shadows fall behind you. trite. but true.

    BIG hugs.

  5. talkingnow ⋅

    up is up! glad to hear your flying on your energetic creativity wheel. thanks for dropping by, dear soozen

  6. SooZen

    judih, wanted to drop by and see what is UP with you! Life here has been full and busy. Creativity is flowing again and the dams have crumbled (which were self constructed.) Loved what you wrote about creativity and inspiration. Thank you as always.
    Love and Peace!

  7. Moses’ Footprints
    (Adapted by James Leigh 2009)

    When Moses saw the Lord in the burning bush
    He took off his shoes
    As he stood on holy ground

    Later in life he pondered
    As I travelled the desert
    Even the wilderness
    I would look back
    And see two sets of footprints
    I knew You were with me

    But as I looked
    I often saw in the toughest times
    You were not there
    I could only see one set of footprints
    “Where were You?”

    It was then that I heard a small voice
    “My beloved, I was there carrying you!”

  8. talkingnow ⋅

    thanks, walt. appreciate that

  9. walt stolle ⋅

    I am amazingly speechless.
    Such wonderfulness in the midst of mayhem.
    My thoughts are with you and with the good
    work you are doing.

    keep your vision,
    walt

  10. Grandpa ⋅

    Judih, Your writings are always revealing and
    comforting to us in snowy Canada. Keep up your poetry, interviews, and reactions to the good and bad in your environs. You have a keen sense of
    the influence of your surroundings and an ability to share your emotions. Keep writing.
    Love,
    Mom and Dad

  11. laughingwillow ⋅

    Hey, sistah-j…

    Nice place you have, here. I look forward to reading more. Thank heaven for bookmarks.

    lw

  12. Judih – Anything I Write in regard to your plight will seem prosaic, I’m certain; surely, how is One to truly know-know? Yet, I am inspired (& not solely conscripted – LOL!) to contribute; inspired by your indomitable Poetry, & resonant indomitability. To wit, I have fwrd. the Link to this Blog to three, dear Friends, the 1st. an erstwhile 15 yr. resident/Journalist/Writer, Jerusalem & about, a Psychologist/Hebrew U. Grad. who’d frequented Israel, & Sabra, whom coincidentally is ret. next wk. for a month to reunite w/Family. Perhaps I shall also compose/share a Piece, where appropriate… Blessings, Direqh EL – H’H.

  13. Dave

    Good to read your posts. I will add your blog to my favorites. Thanks Dave

  14. talkingnow ⋅

    And how do we say “worry” in Japanese? We probably paint in sumi-e to disperse worry.

    Hope you’re well, hope you’re fine. Love your photos, Ali.

  15. aliweinstein ⋅

    Judih,
    Saw your comments on my blog (thanks for those by the way – so nice and encouraging – I will keep it up!) and followed you to your blog. This is so wonderful. What a good and important forum. It’s good to read your honest yet hopeful writing, even though it can’t help be but worrisome.
    Love,
    Ali

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