Acrylic on birch panel
5 x 7 inches
Barbara Muir ©
(The newspaper photo
this was loosely based on
has been on so many bulletin
boards that it is riddled with
holes from thumb tacks.
Yet it's still powerful.)
I always remember that it's David Cohen's birthday, which is surprising
because I barely remember most people's birthdays except for family. So
I called him first thing this morning, and sang Happy Birthday to him. Then
when Steven got off work we called together with our dog Sally, who
loves David, and loves "singing" Happy Birthday.
David is a brilliant writer, a passionate activist for every cause that
matters, and a wonderful, kind and loving person. He's my dear friend
Marcia LaBelle's husband, and the two of them have a very happy marriage.
visiting the show On The Bright Side at the
(I'm so looking forward to the
time when we can do public
I came upon this portrait of Stephen Lewis, and added a few more details
today. We attended an excellent Massey Lecture by Stephen Lewis at
the University of Toronto about 15 years ago, and were deeply moved
by his work on trying to get governments to pay for treatments for people with
AIDS. I know that our friend David Cohen has worked for every cause trying
to improve the lives of people in his community and across Canada. Like Stephen
Lewis, David is a great Canadian, and I'm sure he admires Stephen Lewis's work.
But to be certain I asked him tonight, and he said that if we ever saw Stephen
Lewis in our walks around Toronto to tell him that David Cohen in Hamilton
thinks he's wonderful.
It was a beautiful day for David's birthday. He said that he had a great time with
his family, who are living together during the pandemic. And I am very happy to
have finished this small portrait of one of my heroes.
Have a finishing the work day.