Jude's essay, “Cookies and Birdseed” in the New York Times "Lives" column propelled a memoir about how an out-of-the-mainstream upbringing influenced caring for her aging parents. “It’s All Here - Be Nice” details the family’s political activism work with Vietnam war draft resisters at Yale University, community work with the Black Panthers in New Haven, and exploration of North America in their red VW van. A celebration of connection — “It’s All Here - Be Nice” chronicles a practical, inventive, spontaneous approach to life which allowed her to grow and find closure while supporting her parents to the ends of their lives.
She has received grants to visit and photograph Cuba and to attend Breadloaf Writer's Conference. A clinical social worker, she's currently on the Fulbright Specialist Register awaiting placement in Europe to help Syrian refugee families integrate in their new communities.
Jude lives on a quiet dirt road in a small, vibrant, midcoast Maine town — the perfect setting for reflecting on what, in the end, really matters.
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