Memories of Michael: Journal Entry About Mike’s Baby Book (1989)

I am a visual person, so a lot of my memories are triggered by visual images. Journal entries provide another way to access memory, perhaps at a deeper level.

Memories of Michael: Journal Entry About Mike's Baby Book (1989)
Journal Entry About Mike’s Baby Book (1989)
Memories of Michael

Memories of Michael: The First of Mike (1950)

This is a page from Mike’s baby album. I have it in my book, My Brother Michael. I can only imagine the hopes and dreams of a glorious future that my parents must have had for their new baby.

Memories of Michael: The First of Mike (1950)
The First of Mike (1950)
Memories of Michael

Memories of Michael: The Last of Mike (2022)

This is a sketch for a future painting. I drew it shortly after Mike died. I got a call the day he died, from one of his caregivers, who told me, “Michael is transitioning.” I was fortunate enough to get to talk to him during his last hours. Mike was nonverbal and never gave me much of an indication that he knew I was his brother, but for about 20 minutes on the video call I talked to him. I forgot most of what I said, but I told him that I loved him. I swear that his eye was looking right at me. It may have been an artifact of the lighting or something to do with the camera, but I am going to believe that we made a connection.

Memories of Michael: The Last of Mike (2022)
The Last of Mike (2022)
Memories of Michael
Sketch on Brown Paper 9×12″

Memories of Michael: Art Show Review in Art in America (1996)

I was very lucky to have had my first show reviewed in Art in America. I first posted this article back in 2013, when I started my blog. Since that time, I have continued to add to my body of work and, while it still incomplete, I have made some progress since then.

Memories of Michael: Art Show Review in Art in America (1996)
Art Show Review in Art in America (1996)
Memories of Michael

Memories of Michael: Mike Comes to See My Show (1995)

I made arrangements with Mike’s group home for a special visit to my show, Brotherly Love. Below is a frame grab from a video of that event. I am in front of a picture of Mike’s house mates. Michael is standing next to me.

Memories of Michael: Mike Comes to See My Show (1995)
Mike Comes to See My Show (1995)
Memories of Michael
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