For The Birds


This video was viewed by over two million people. It’s almost too strange to believe. Music composer, Jarbos Agnelli of Brazil, saw a picture of birds sitting on electric wires in a local newspaper. He thought it would be totally awesome if he put notes exactly where the birds were located. This is the melody he created. Unbelievable!

Thank you Marsha Levine for bringing this to my attention.

Miguel Elias

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My friend Miguel Elias died last week while I was at CES. He was in his mid 50’s. He learned a few weeks prior that he had stage four liver cancer. He declined faster than anyone could ever have imagined. His long-time partner, Joe Nass, has been hospitalized with a complete breakdown. Their dog Buddy suddenly died days after Miguel and Joe just couldn’t cope.

If it wasn’t for Facebook, texts, and emails, most of Miguel’s family and friends would not have been informed so quickly about his condition. His interior design clients live all over the United States (with a focus on Dallas and Minneapolis) and his family in Rio. Those closest to him immediately flew in to be at his side.

Miguel was a very special person. Not only was he very handsome and talented, he was a very good friend. Eliot and I met him when he was the boyfriend of one of our employees, Andrew Scott. Miguel took impeccable care of Andrew when he was drying of AIDS. He did the same thing for his next partner, Bob. There are few people on Earth who would devote their lives to take care of others as he did for these men.

Eliot and I witnessed Miguel at the lowest of low and then the highest of high. Miguel’s last partner Joe contracted cancer (nothing related to AIDS), so he spent two-plus years nursing him back to life. He basically gave up his career to be a devoted caregiver.

That was just a few years ago, Miguel was finally enjoying life, doing what he loved the most, making people’s homes absolutely spectacular. He just finished one major assignment on Central Park West. I am talking to the owners about showcasing one of his last masterpieces.

Eliot, Whitney and I were very close to Miguel. He and Joe even employed Whitney when they first opened their home accessories retail store in the Union Square district. Called XYZ, it was right across the way from ABC Carpet.

We will miss Miguel terribly and pray that Joe recovers quickly. None of this makes sense to those who love them both.

15 thoughts on “For The Birds

  1. So very sorry for the loss of your friend, it is very heart breaking when we loose people we love!!! Treasure your memories and good times… ❤

  2. Lois, I was shocked and saddened when I only recently heard this awful news. Miguel and I had been friends a very long time( upon his arrival from rio). I spent many nights helping him with Andrew on 49th st. We lost contact for awhile, but always could pick up phone and it would be as if we spoke yesterday. I can not begin to tell you how I feel. I got a very brief email from joe a few weeks ago. I have tried to contact him, but we have not yet connected. Miguel was an amazing guy and I will never forget him.
    Joan Callahan Bernardo, RN

    we first met when M used to come visit a little Brazilian boy who was ill @ MSKCC. We knew he was a special guy then, he would sit with this family at night for hours, trying to help them adjust to life in NYC, sick child, etc.

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