Brian's Eyes-The Artist always has the masters in his eyes.
Organized by: Sparrow Patterson
There are difficult times in our lives when we see nothing but darkness ahead of us - for Brian Mazo this is more literal than figurative. In the famous words of The Beatles (although Brian would prefer the Sham 69 cover) we can get by with a little help from our friends. For our friend Brian, this is one of those times where his friends are needed more than ever. We all know that Brian is one of those friends that we can depend on. He picks us up when we are down and he can be counted on in times of darkness - as many of us witnessed as he tirelessly took care of his friend David Anderson, from Spring 2012 until he passed in the fall of 2013. Brian is simply, that kind of a guy. What Brian fails to tell all of us is when he is in darkness. Ever the upbeat, jovial, joke maker - Brian has brushed over what has been happening to him physically, mentally and spiritually since August 21, 2013 when he had emergency surgery for a detached retina in his left eye. Thus far the surgery (which typically goes off without complication) has been nothing but an utter complication for Brian. We see our jovial friend sporting his pirate patch, carrying on as if the patch is a trademark or prop for Burning Man or one of his wildly entertaining readings, but the patch is no gimmick and the coolness of wearing an eye patch has long been lost for Brian. The reality is that Brian's vision has suffered tremendously. He is technically blind in the left eye, and today received the news that the darkness isn't going to lift anytime soon (according to the surgeon, "some healing may happen in the next 6-8 months, hopefully. At that point further options will be explored in an attempt to get him seeing again.") Currently Brian's corrected vision in his left eye scores 3 lines below the minimum accepted level on the DMV's eye chart. He is plagued daily with floaters, horrible debilitating headaches, and the left eye is useless for reading. Daily he carries with him the stress of being a writer without vision or the ability to work. As a fellow writer, I can't imagine losing my sight. At this stage in our lives it is very difficult to adapt to such a drastic and devastating change in our bodies, leave it to Brian to find a way to joke about being a Cyclops or a pirate! Fortunately Brian's humor is all we often see, and as I listened to him tell me his current situation, I really had no idea just how dark it truly is. I am asking each of you to share Brian's story and to cash in that jar of loose change you've been using as a doorstop and send it Brian's way. Even one dollar is helpful, 5 even better, and so on.... Brian would never ask for help with this - he has no shame in asking for help funding artistic movements - but this is different. He can't work right now. It's very hard for him to accept any paying writing jobs with deadlines and what not because he simply can't guarantee his eyes will allow him to complete projects on time. When we spoke yesterday there was an undertone of sadness in Brian's usual upbeat voice. I believe that Brian is having a hard time making ends meet and is very fearful of a future in darkness. He needs some help to get over this bump and I am sure that he has touched each and every one of us or you wouldn't be reading this. Brian is known for random acts of kindness - I remember after one painful break-up and a bout of post break-up depression Brian sent me a tin of Mrs. Field's cookies out of the blue - in hopes of lifting my spirits. That's just one of my memories of his kindness in the more than a decade we've known one another. I hope you will take a moment and share similar stories of Brian's kindnesses, craziness or inside jokes on Facebook, through posts here, etc. Right now Brian needs our random acts of kindness and some words to inspire. He won't ask you, but I will. Let's lift a little of that darkness for Brian and help him see how much light and love we have for him. Thank you ~Sparrow