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 don't know why I remember the date, but I do. Maybe because March feels like
the beginning of spring, and there it is. David's birthday. In many ways David is like
spring -- kind and hopeful as a friend. Here is what I wrote last year, and it still applies.
"I always remember that it's David Cohen's birthday, which is surprising
because I barely remember most people's birthdays except for family. When
Steven gets off work we'll call 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.
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.
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. And I am very happy to
have finished this small portrait of one of my heroes."
Have a finishing the work day.