My greatest friend, from my whole life, died yesterday. Dr Thomas Emil Homerin. Born on the same day as I was, May 19, 1955, we were self-declared best friends from childhood till now. We have collaborated on numerous reviews, articles, comics, exhibitions, involving art and mysticism. Including, I did a painting to serve as the cover of his book 'Umar Ibn al-Fārid' for Paulist Press. He is most famous as a Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Religion and Classics at the University of Rochester, and taught classes on Islam, classical Arabic literature, mysticism, funerary symbolism, and more. 7 major books and too numerous, important essays to list. The most recent book, a real discovery, on the mystic woman, Aisha al-Ba'uniyya. He was a true genius, a good human with a big heart, and the hardest-working person I have ever met. The "Blue-Collar Scholar." I will add more thoughts later. I am too heartbroken now and sad for his wife Nora. Bless his soul. Th. Emil Homerin, May 19, 1955 - December 26, 2020. God, I miss you already, Tom.