|Judy Ficksman 9/2012 at Mayan Orion Labyrinth Activation, on Belen Mesa, with Ac Tah & Earthwalker Family|
|Mysterious Fun Angel Evolution Glyph|
"I received the sad news recently of the death of my dear friend Judith Ficksman. While every death diminishes us, the death of a younger friend or family member reminds us that living in the moment and remaining present to it is our best defense against what can appear to some as the capricious paths we walk on the earth, which truth be told, are the paths we chose in order to grow.
If there was one person who knew this and lived life to the fullest in any moment, it was Judith. Judith lived with enthusiasm for every moment and saw the world with the innocence of a child. As an editor of many years with to do lists and project timelines, I tried to plan Judith into my life. She would have none of that. When we first met, I called her and asked her to put lunch with me on her calendar two weeks ahead. Her response, which was typical of her spirit, was “Why don’t you call me that morning and see if I am available? I really never know from week to week where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing.”
I thought her response was the strangest thing I had ever heard. But I went along with her whim, and in the end came to respect and admire her ability to live in the moment. Living in the moment was something my mentors had asked me to practice, and to me Judith was a master teacher. How many times I was delighted by a call from Judith asking, “Are you free for lunch today?” And I was. So often those calls came on a day that I really needed a friend to talk to. Of course, as in any friendship, she, too, called me when she needed comfort from a friend.
Judith did not have children, but seeing the world through a child’s eyes, she loved children and loved to entertain them. She created Benny, her puppet/doll, who was as big as a five or six-year-old child for an American Dental Association educational film to teach children about dental visits. Benny went to the dentist in this film to have his dental checkup. He had so much fun, and I’m sure his experience reassured many children.
Benny had several outfits, and I thought I had seen them all until Judith brought him as her date to a luncheon at our home. Benny wore a jacket and bow tie. I was so delighted to see him. I had set a place for him at the table, and he complimented me on the desserts. Benny and Judith loved desserts.
Judith’s interests took her down many paths. She studied jazz with a Harlem teacher, wrote and sang folk songs at clubs in New York City, attended medical school in New Mexico, and traveled regularly to conferences and workshops in consciousness and alternative therapies, seeking and receiving certification in several.
Judith’s possessions reflected her love of foreign travel. Her house was a treasure trove of art and crafts from several countries. In typical Judith fashion, she would travel without a plan, responding to what the day presented. Along the way, she picked up the basic vocabulary of several languages and made many friends with whom she stayed in touch.
If Judith sounds like a remarkable woman who led an unconventional life, she was. I will miss many things about Judith, but most of all I will miss her sense of humor, her infectious laugh, and her kindness. She could laugh me through a hurricane, see the light in dark moments, and respond with love and compassion to even the most ornery of God’s creatures. Did she have her weaknesses and dark places? Of course, she did, as do we all. Judith was a light in my life, and I will truly miss her."
Judy's Friend - Jennie Sherwin
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