04 December 2010

Its been a while...


Busy with the speed of life, I have had an interesting time in the last few months.
After returning from teaching workshops in the USA, my arms were in a worse state than ever.
I sought the advice of a specialist and he confirmed my fears. 
I had lost 40% capacity of the use of my ams and hands.
Whatever I do won't change the issue much.
They need rest.
So without a studio and buggered up arms and hands from over-use, I decided it was time to delve into my family's genealogy.



During my trip I made stops to visit and interview family.
Some I had met before, others not.
One woman, Tosca, survived the war and was living in New York. 
By a chance google search, we found each other and 65 years after not knowing their was a Survivor in each family, she and my father, I met her in New York. Now thats a long long story. 
Researching is part of my artworks so I consider this break in the physical side of the art, important for future pieces I will do when my arms repair.




Gathering information on my family, is no easy task. 
Most records were left behind in the attempt to escape the ravages of war in Eastern Europe or the records were destroyed in the communities from where they came.
So one has to work very laterally. This take up alot of time yet when I eventually manage to come up with some information, it is huge.
It is really like putting pieces of a very large puzzle together.


I am really enjoying this research and learning so much about history and the genealogical field. So here is the issue for this blog...
I don't know if anyone reading this is at all interested in my hunt for information and how I achieve those finds. There have been some amazing finds along the way.


As with my art, serendipity, or as we say, "Beshert" in Judaism, has played very significantly into this research.


If you read my post on the search for what happened to my grandmother and her 2 children, I found the answer, a few days later and followed up whilst I was in Washington.


There are many stories but I am unsure if this is the correct forum for the telling of those stories. One day, some of the stories will make their way into my art and new books.


Until then, I need to decide whether to start a new blog or not blog about the search at all.
What do you think?

41 comments:

Karen Cole said...

How else will I know what you are doing?

Of course!

It must be completely up to you. Blogging is time consuming and you have been doing something very meaningful for you and your family. The most important part of it all is that you are spending TIME with the people you love and there is no substitute for that.

Take care of yourself.

xo K

stregata said...

I think it is fascinating. But totally your decision, of course.
But the stories become your art and you are your art and the stories - so my thought is - why divide it?

connie said...

so sorry to hear of your poor overworked arms and hands... I always believe there is a reason and geneology is yours! I know you will find some great connection, you always do. as for a seperate blog I believe as stegata does why seperate your art and your history? I will read wherever you post, it fascinates me!
happy hanukkah!, xo connie

Seth said...

Part of the magnetic pull of your artwork is the history behind it. So I say, when you have info and stories that you want to share, post them here. It is all one in the same.

Lynn said...

Dear Judy, I hope you will share your stories. I feel so lucky to be able to hear them. We all know that every story you tell had to be multiplied hundreds of times over for others who have lost/or possibly found a relative from this time. What a blessing that you are doing this work. I hope your hands and arms do heal from their rest. What a pity. But thank goodness you were able to create the art you have done...perhaps new art will simply take a less physically strainuous form. Praying this is so. Be well. Take care. Be gentle with yourself. And thank you for all that you do share.

Leslie Avon Miller said...

I could have many blogs! I would love to read your research and family stories. Wherever you publish them. Are you trying voice activated software?

rscoach said...

Judy - love hearing your stories and research re: your family - Maybe you could somehow develop what you write in the blog and combined with photos of your art work parlay it into a published book -
sorry to hear the news about your arms - wishing you a speedy recovery - know how frustrating that must be -Happy Chanukah! miss you xo Reva

Keli Hansen said...

I just figure our blogs are about us... where ever we are in this moment. I'd follow your story...anywhere.

Just glad to "hear" your voice again. Hope your mending goes well.
Big Hugs
Keli

Marie said...

Judy, I have missed you blogging. I am sorry to read that your arms are causing you probably. I do hope that they will be healed soon so that we can see your incredible work. Please, please blog your stories. I love reading them and have always been fascinated how they entwine each other. You have a remarkable gift for finding this history. Please share and take good care of your arms.

Ro Bruhn said...

Glad to see you back blogging again Judy. I too have put questions out into the universe and been very surprised where I find the answers. You inspire many of us to think about our family backgrounds. I hope you continue sharing your finds, but understand too that some things may be to painful.
Look after your health it's your most important asset.

ArtPropelled said...

I really hope you continue to share your story Judy, but I also understand if you decide not to. At this moment in time you need to heal your hands and arms. They are so precious so please take extra care of them.

Pearl Maple said...

Judy, hope you are soon on the mend. Genealogy is a fascinating subject and has been woven into your other creations, if you decide to share your research and discoveries here it would feel like a continuation of the story.

Cherie said...

Thrilled to see your post Judy. Please stay right here, where you belong, where you have already brought us so many fascinating stories. I too had an arms/hands predicament. Time, rest plus a change in creative direction worked. I hope the same, swiftly happens for you Judy. xo.

janie said...

Oh, please, please - wherever/whatever you choose, I will go to find you! I am totally enthralled in your stories/history.

Kim Palmer said...

Blog away dear Judy! That is of course if you wish it and it doesn't create any problems for your arms and hands recovery of course! The story behind the work is just as important as the finished pieces and part of what makes your work so unique and infinitely interesting. So nice to see you back again! Hope the body is recovering well and you are finding the information you seek.

Megan Warren said...

Glad to see you posting again, sorry to hear about your predicament regarding your hands/arms. Would love to hear your stories about your family research - if you decide to tell them. Best wishes for a speedy recovery! xxxx

azirca said...

Sorry to read about the state of your hands and arms, that is no good at all. I hope that they recover quickly and that you are able to create again. I understand your pain, my body and particularly my arms and hands are a source of constant frustration and an ongoing battle for me.

Whatever you decide to do with the findings of your research I'm sure that it will be fascinating and well received whether you choose to share it with your readers on this blog or another.
Take care
xo

Tracey said...

Could not believe my luck when I checked and found a new post - have been to the site sooooo many times since 13th July in the hope of hearing from you. As with many others, I feel privileged to follow your journeys and appreciate it even more given how personal they are to you and your family.

Harnett-Hargrove said...

I reckon if you need to have a separate log for yourself... but I consider ALL of your work to be of the thread and work miss it mixed in here. -J

donnaj said...

i enjoy reading all you post-especially the research/family info that goes into your work-it's all a part of what you do and gives so much more meaning to the work

R2artstudio said...

Seems our bodies will tell us when it's time to slow down, and take of ourselves. Hopefully some good rest will heal all.
Personally I love to hear anything you share. Your life and art have such meaning, I'm so glad you have shared so much. Whatever you decide, I for one love to hear your news, whatever it may be.
Do what is best for you.

Judy said...

Thank you all for your wonderful and very encouraging comments. I am happy to share what I can and one never knows, it may bring results and finds I could not imagine. xo

Carol said...

I'd read you anywhere Judy, but I do think that this blog is a good place for you to add your stories. They will eventually become part of your books. I'm so sorry your arms and hands are worse - do take it easy and give them time to heal. I hope you've found your new home and have that part of your life settled. All the very best, Carol xx

Gypsy Purple said...

I`m soooooo glad to hear from you again...it`s a funny thing this blogging -community....Judy I learned the hard way this last 2 years to take care of myself!!!!....not an easy thing for us go-getters and "just-go-onners"....I for one would LOVE to hear more about your stories and the research.....you know I`m hooked on whatever you do...you have been one of my greatest motivations the last few years...take care XX

Kim said...

Ditto the main message here... I am glad to see you back, and will read you where ever you post, but here is logical. I too am resting my arm (singular) and how frustrating it is. Don't let the posting hamper your recovery either! Best of luck and wishes.

Anonymous said...

I vote for blogging about the search, as your health permits... I learn so much about history/little known facts from reading your blogs

Vicki Holdwick said...

I would love to hear more about your history. After all, it makes you who you are.

xoxo

Lisa Campion in Canada said...

I would LOVE to hear all about your genealogical journey on this blog. Your art is so clearly influenced by your personal story & family history that it would be lovely to see how they intertwine as you continue your research. Perhaps this setback with your arms & hands is a message to allow yourself a rest in that area & work on your genealogy to see where that takes you .... & will no doubt further inspire incredible art in the future. All the best to you & your family.

Gilding the Lily said...

New blog, old blog, it matters none. Anything you choose to share with us is bliss, Judy. Do as you choose, and take the time you need to heal your corporeal self and spiritual self. We will all be the better for it. I am better for having met you and shared time with you. Nancy

Anonymous said...

I think your research is part of the art, I like it. I like that it has so much meaning. If you didn't share, we wouldn't be able to appreciate the inspiration and work behind the finished product and learn something that is so important to you.

Diana said...

You have certainly had a lot going on in your life, Judy. Glad you are taking time to take care of yourself. I know that with rest and nurturing care, you will recover the full use of your artistic appendages.
tootles
Diana

Parabolic Muse said...

Hi, Judy. I'm not on Facebook much any more, and it's good to see your post, here. I'm late, though. So sorry about your limitations. It is fascinating to read about your family history and research. It's really hard to say what's best for someone else, but a second blog about your research would find many readers, I'm sure!

Sherly said...

I would love to read your story of you and your family.

blessings and happy new year,
Sherly

layers said...

First of all, I am sorry to read about your hands and arms-- what a health issue for an artist to have.
But you are finding different ways to explore your creativity- researching your family history- which will one day make its way back into your art.

tricia said...

judy, i hope that your hands heal quickly. i will be sending white light across the ocean.
as for me, i feel like so many of your commenters-i love to read about the history behind your work. i love to read about the synchronicity and your passion. it will be interesting to see what you discover as you go about filling your creative well. i wish you all the best!
**big hug**

Sue McGettigan said...

Hope your arms and hands feel better as time passes, treat yourself well.

As for your research on family, it would be fascinating to read as you go, if you feel up to sharing. If not, we'll see it in your art as you process it creatively. It's your life, your call.

Good to see you blogging again :)

deannawelch19@gmail.com said...

Well I'm hooked. Seriously don't keep me waiting!! I love hearing about family history and think you should just write about it here. Why not? After all life, art and history all go together right? Oh, I can't wait! I hope your arms get better quickly. Just think good thoughts about it and they will heal in no time. By the way, I would love to sell you a light house. Just e-mail me and we'll figure it out! deannawelch19@gmail.com

Lynn said...

I am so glad to see you decided to do a blog specially for your family search mission. I am very interested in all your stories Judy, and seeing how the pieces of the huge puzzle fit together.

I am so sorry to learn about your arms being injured, I imagine from the hard use of them in making your wonderful works of art. I hope the resting period is temporary and before too long you can get back to it. Perhaps you will have to find a softer modality in which to create your pieces of wonder. But whatever you do will be welcomed and extrodinary.

Gatherings2011 said...

Sorry to hear about your pain in your arms, unfortunately sometimes our bodies just say enough is enough and there is not a damn thing we can do about. Rest and look after yourself. But I am sure you will become engrossed in your geneology it is such a big part of your art, and I am sure that it takes a lot of time too.
Get well soon.

BurningRubber said...

I'm hoping you are feeling better now. I was just catching up on my blog reading and read this. I have had less and less use of my hands in recent years and had to have surgery on my cervical spine. It turns out that my discs were bulging and had bone spurs and it was putting the squeeze on my spine. I had my surgery 3 weeks ago and am still in the cervical colar but my right arm is 100% better and maybe 60% better on the left. I am right handed and so I am good with that. So if you have ever been in a car accident or fallen off a horse or had some other trauma that could cause whiplash, you may want to have a scan to make sure that your problem isn't in your neck. Hugs, Viki

Judy Keefe said...

Hi Judy,

It's been a long time, I've looked for you on FB but couldn't find you. So sorry to hear about your hands and arms. I so can relate. I'm loosing mine too due to the Lupus. It's tough accepting it, I know...maybe I still haven't. If you want to talk, you have my email.