Adele Raemer
Life on the Border with the Gaza Strip

Halting Hyperventilation

It’s Friday and OMG I am hyperventilating thinking of all I NEED to get done!


Everything from the ToDo list for this quickly dissipating week, including everything added midway, gets squashed into that little square, that Funnel of Expectation on the uncluttered Google calendar page. That virtual secretary offering assurance that there’ll be time. It lies.

The Universe, however, has other plans.

While walking the dogs, and reading the email on my phone, I was stopped by the little man known for walking as fast as he talks and today had to tell me about his encounter with the group of near-by soldiers and his son’s reaction to the events taking place just outside our fence.

Pedaling my rusty bike to the village mini-market, I passed the resident artist who has begun to work his magic on the concrete wall of a shelter; refuge for when we need to duck the rocket-fire, but till now so very overwhelming and incongruous with the rest of the natural scenery. The “documentor” in me left me no choice but to get off my bike, exchange a few words, and snap a photo.


In our intimate little shop, the sweet elderly grandfather simply HAD to stop me mid-shop to recount a childhood memory triggered by association with a current event. Today’s wasp that had snuck into the store, extracted an anecdote from when he was a mischievous schoolboy in pre-state Israel.

The Universe’s way of telling me to slow down. Especially in this community I love so much. Even more especially in light of the crappy times we are going through in this country, under constant threat. I read the signposts thrown at me, and paused each time – to see, to listen, to share, to smile, to smile. I’m so glad I did. And now that I have even carved out the time to share this in cyberspace, I can breathe……..


About the Author
Born in the USA, Adele has lived in a Kibbutz on the border with the Gaza Strip since 1975. She is a mother and a grandmother living and raising her family on the usually paradisaical, sometimes hellishly volatile border. She is affiliated with "The Movement for the Future of the Western Negev", and "Achdut Im Hadarom" for sanity's sake. She also moderates a FB group named "Life on the Border". Adele is a teacher of English as a Foreign Language, as well as a teacher trainer and counselor for the Israeli MoE for EFL and Digital Pedagogy. She blogs here about both Life on the Border, as well as about digital pedagogy, in "Digitally yours, @dele". She has recently become a devoted YouTuber on the topic of digital stuff. ( Her personal channel covers other issues close to her heart (medical clowning, Life on the Border, etc.) ( In addition, she is a trained medical clown and, as any southern clown would do, clowns as often as she can in the pediatric ward in the hospital in Ashkelon. She was recently included among the Haaretz "Ten Jewish Faces who made Waves in 2018"