it’s a small world after all.

phyllis siegel, 76, left, and connie kopelov, 84, both of new york, embrace after becoming the first same-sex couple to get married at the manhattan city clerk’s office.

 

this was all over the internet yesterday:: the 45 most powerful images of 2011. and even though we’re still 3 weeks (ohmygoodness!) away from 2012, this year has been a very full one. these five images pulled at my heartstrings.

billy stinson comforts his daughter erin stinson as they sit on the steps where their cottage once stood on august 28 in nags head, NC. the cottage, built in 1903 and destroyed by hurricane irene, was one of the first vacation cottages built on albemarle sound in nags head.

 

a distressed bride attempts suicide in china after her fiance abruptly called off their marriage. still in her wedding gown, she tried to kill herself by jumping out of a window of a seventh floor building. right as she jumped, a man managed to catch and save her.

 

a woman hangs onto a street sign in chest deep water along the flooded streets in rangsit on the outskirts of bangkok on october 24.

 

australian scott jones kisses his canadian girlfriend alex thomas after she was knocked to the ground by a police officer’s riot shield in vancouver, british columbia. canadians rioted after the vancouver canucks lost the stanley cup to the boston bruins.

 

the world is smaller than you think & the people on it are more beautiful than you think.

-bertram van munster.

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