Saturday, June 25, 2011

NYC pic

The Empire State Building lit up with rainbow colors to represent and celebrate both Gay Pride weekend in New York, and the Senate passing a same-sex / equality rights for marriage law (only by 4 votes, and that too in a Republican controlled Senate). Overwhelmingly amazing! YAH GO NEW YORK! GO EQUALITY AND LOVE AND HUMANITY! :-)


New York legalized same-sex marriage.

New York passes equal marriage law.

"It's truly a historic night for love, our families, and democracy won.'' "New York became the sixth and largest state in the country to legalize gay marriage, breathing life into the national gay rights movement that had stalled over a nearly identical bill here two years ago."

"New York becomes the largest state to entrench marriage equality, and the legislature’s reversal may create momentum for proponents nationwide. The result will likely be attributed to shifting public opinion. A Quinnipiac poll cited by the New York Times suggested that support for gay marriage amongst New Yorkers rose from 37% to 58% in the two years separating the failed vote from the successful one."

Monday, June 6, 2011

Restoring the Light

My friend Carol, who graduated from NYU film school, is a documentary filmmaker. For the past 3 years, she has been living in China and making a film about a rural eye doctor who gives up his savings and home in order to bring transformative eye care to the remote villages of northwest China. Carol says, “As I followed the journey of his mobile clinic, I discovered incredible stories of resilience in the everyday lives of people living in this region: I met a brilliant young boy who spent everyday penned in his yard because of his blindness, yet who dreamt of becoming a truck driver to support his family; a young woman who, in spite of a debilitating bone infection, became the first in her family to attend college. Her family lived in a cave for over 60 years. She wants to become an artist.”

About the film: "Restoring the Light" is an hour-long feature documentary about a local eye doctor's quest to provide free healthcare to remote impoverished villages in northwest China. His journey reveals an intimate portrait of an unobserved Chinese farming community's resilience and hope. Carol's film, “Restoring the Light,” has an incredible trailer, more about the film, opportunities to donate, etc on her film’s website:

We are so lucky and blessed to live in a country where eye care is both accessible and affordable, especially through health/vision insurance. Since I work at the Eye-Bank for Sight Restoration, we see/hear/know about the miracles of eye transplants on a daily basis.
I cannot imagine all that Carol has encountered on her journey.
Thank you for reading,