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My cousin was a Jehovah's Witness.

She used to drop off "The Watchtower" here and there, year after year while I was growing up.

She used to call me "baby" even after I was a full grown man, because she was much older than I am, and remembered me being born and to her, I was always "the baby."

She was a beautiful woman, filled with kindness and grace, who never asked for anything from anyone, but never stopped trying to help other people. She was with me when my mother died, and I swear she kept me from going crazy, or getting arrested, or worse.

I loved her very much, my cousin.

She got cancer some years back, and died, and to be perfectly honest, if she could hand me a copy of the Watchtower once more, my heart would burst with love.

I cannot say much about her faith, except that she lived it, unlike a lot of other people I know who want to tell me about their version of God, she lived the parts of Christianity that are about service, and help, tolerance and forgiveness.

I may not be a Christian, but I miss her very much.

Elevate Me Mama.

1993, Ken Tighe, American, (b. 1959) Oil on Canvas.

Homage to Neil Welliver, 2014

2014, Mel Leipzig, (American, b. 1935, Trenton, NJ).

At the Gallery Henoch

The Rock

1944-1948, Peter Blume, (American 1906-1992, b. Modern day Belarus)

At the Art Institute of Chicago, currently on exhibit in a Blume retrospective at the Philadelphia Academy of Art Museum until April 2015.

Eternal City

1937 Peter Blume (1906-1992), American (b. Modern day Belarus)

Museum of Modern Art, New York, (Currently on display - until April 2015 - at the Pennsylvania Academy of Art Museum, Philadelphia, PA)

Lament for Icarus

1898, Herbert James Draper, English, (1863-1920), Oil on Canvas

At the Tate Modern Gallery, London

The Dream

Henri Rousseau, French (1844-1910)

At the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

The Origins of Socialist Realism.

1982, Vitaly Komar (American, b. 1943 Moscow, Russia) and Alexander Melamid, (American, b.1945, Moscow, Russia)

At the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ


1952 Phillip Pearlstein, (b.1924), American.

At the Museum of Modern Art, New York

The Gross Clinic.

1875 Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), American

At the Philadelphia Museum of Art
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