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Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Detroit-based photographer AKA Grandma Techno. 2017 Rauschenberg Residency artist - More on @patricialaydorseycollages and www.patricialaydorsey.com

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Today we had our annual visit from two of my favorite people in the world, Phil Ouellette and Scott Weldon of San Diego, CA. It was these two wonderful fellows who made it possible for me to spend between 3-6 months of the year subletting an apartment in San Francisco from 1997-2002. My Eddie would stay home and we'd talk on the phone every day, but it was Scott and Phil who were there in SF to help me, companion me, and be there for me and in any way I needed. Scott and I volunteered at a soup kitchen together, Phil fed me his gourmet meals, we went to the ballet and symphony, and they would always pick me up at the Oakland train station when I arrived in town from Detroit. Whenever I needed to list my "next of kin" in San Francisco, I always named Phil and Scott. They truly are family to both me and to Eddie. Both of us are eternally grateful for everything they have done for us. So once a year when they are in town to visit family, we get together. Today was that day! Not only did we talk and listen to one another for hours, but Eddie played a little piano and we all sang. I always feel more myself after having been with Scott and Phil. They are two of the kindest, most generous spirited persons I've ever met. If you go to my website, www.patricialaydorsey.com, check out the portfolio "Just Another Married Couple." I stayed with Phil and Scott for two weeks in 2010 shortly after they had gotten legally married after having lived together for 20 years. They generously opened their hearts and their home to me and my camera so I could show the day-to-day lives of a gay married couple like Scott and Phil. I like to think this project has helped to change attitudes, maybe even those of President Barack Obama who shortly after receiving a copy of my self-published book, came out publicly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Today we had our annual visit from two of my favorite people in the world, Phil Ouellette and Scott Weldon of San Diego, CA. It was these two wonderful fellows who made it possible for me to spend between 3-6 months of the year subletting an apartment in San Francisco from 1997-2002. My Eddie would stay home and we'd talk on the phone every day, but it was Scott and Phil who were there in SF to help me, companion me, and be there for me and in any way I needed. Scott and I volunteered at a soup kitchen together, Phil fed me his gourmet meals, we went to the ballet and symphony, and they would always pick me up at the Oakland train station when I arrived in town from Detroit. Whenever I needed to list my "next of kin" in San Francisco, I always named Phil and Scott. They truly are family to both me and to Eddie. Both of us are eternally grateful for everything they have done for us. So once a year when they are in town to visit family, we get together. Today was that day! Not only did we talk and listen to one another for hours, but Eddie played a little piano and we all sang. I always feel more myself after having been with Scott and Phil. They are two of the kindest, most generous spirited persons I've ever met. If you go to my website, www.patricialaydorsey.com, check out the portfolio "Just Another Married Couple." I stayed with Phil and Scott for two weeks in 2010 shortly after they had gotten legally married after having lived together for 20 years. They generously opened their hearts and their home to me and my camera so I could show the day-to-day lives of a gay married couple like Scott and Phil. I like to think this project has helped to change attitudes, maybe even those of President Barack Obama who shortly after receiving a copy of my self-published book, came out publicly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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Today we had our annual visit from two of my favorite people in the world, Phil Ouellette and Scott Weldon of San Diego, CA. It was these two wonderful fellows who made it possible for me to spend between 3-6 months of the year subletting an apartment in San Francisco from 1997-2002. My Eddie would stay home and we'd talk on the phone every day, but it was Scott and Phil who were there in SF to help me, companion me, and be there for me and in any way I needed. Scott and I volunteered at a soup kitchen together, Phil fed me his gourmet meals, we went to the ballet and symphony, and they would always pick me up at the Oakland train station when I arrived in town from Detroit. Whenever I needed to list my "next of kin" in San Francisco, I always named Phil and Scott. They truly are family to both me and to Eddie. Both of us are eternally grateful for everything they have done for us. So once a year when they are in town to visit family, we get together. Today was that day! Not only did we talk and listen to one another for hours, but Eddie played a little piano and we all sang. I always feel more myself after having been with Scott and Phil. They are two of the kindest, most generous spirited persons I've ever met. If you go to my website, www.patricialaydorsey.com, check out the portfolio "Just Another Married Couple." I stayed with Phil and Scott for two weeks in 2010 shortly after they had gotten legally married after having lived together for 20 years. They generously opened their hearts and their home to me and my camera so I could show the day-to-day lives of a gay married couple like Scott and Phil. I like to think this project has helped to change attitudes, maybe even those of President Barack Obama who shortly after receiving a copy of my self-published book, came out publicly in favor of legalizing same-sex marriage.

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HEALTH UPDATE: Although I had to sleep in my chair again last night, I slept well. And when I woke up, the pain in my knee had lessened. So your healing thoughts and prayers are doing the job! I am so grateful for each one of you in my life. Now, let me introduce you to the newest living being in our home - this beautiful purple orchid! I ordered it from the wonderful florist - Charvat Florists - where we bought our 51st anniversary orchid on October 8, 2017. I trusted them enough to be able to order this orchid sight-unseen by phone. It was delivered this morning and looks just like they had described. Isn't it beautiful?

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HEALTH UPDATE: Although I had to sleep in my chair again last night, I slept well. And when I woke up, the pain in my knee had lessened. So your healing thoughts and prayers are doing the job! I am so grateful for each one of you in my life. Now, let me introduce you to the newest living being in our home - this beautiful purple orchid! I ordered it from the wonderful florist - Charvat Florists - where we bought our 51st anniversary orchid on October 8, 2017. I trusted them enough to be able to order this orchid sight-unseen by phone. It was delivered this morning and looks just like they had described. Even the play of light on the leaves and pot is beautiful!

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HEALTH UPDATE: Although I had to sleep in my chair again last night, I slept well. And when I woke up, the pain in my knee had lessened. So your healing thoughts and prayers are doing the job! I am so grateful for each one of you in my life. Now, let me introduce you to the newest living being in our home - this beautiful purple orchid! I ordered it from the wonderful florist - Charvat Florists - where we bought our 51st anniversary orchid on October 8, 2017. I trusted them enough to be able to order this orchid sight-unseen by phone. It was delivered this morning and looks just like they had described. Isn't it beautiful?

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Enough about my health issues, let's look at my art. These paintings hang on our walls in the living room and the den. I made this purple, orange and yellow watercolor & gouache painting of the blue tree in 1987 when I was teaching an adult watercolor class at our community art center. I painted it of a tree that was humming with hundreds of birds in it. Please ignore the reflection of the window that shows up in it.

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Enough about my health issues, let's look at my art. These watercolor paintings hang on our walls in the living room and the den. This painting of the mountain valley at dusk was my attempt to show the view from my parents' A-frame cottage overlooking Luray and Stanley, Virginia in the Blue Ridge Mountains. My guess is I painted it around 1984.

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Enough about my health issues, let's look at my art. These watercolor paintings hang on our walls in the living room and the den. This abstract painting shows me training for the 1979 Detroit/Windsor International Marathon. I had blue New Balance running shoes and you can see my footprints on the beige road beside the lake. You can also see sprinkles of perspiration and red blotches of pain that I felt on my long runs.

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Great news! The x-rays showed no bones were broken either in my forearm or my knee! Whew, that's a relief. I guess my old-lady bone density isn't so bad after all. I am so grateful to my dear Eddie who drove me to the emergency room and then waited patiently while Denise took the x-rays and the radiologist read them afterwards. I am grateful to every person who helped me. We had a wonderful experience at this hospital, Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe. Special thanks go to Dr. Justin Mitchelson (pictured here) who came into my room with a broad smile on his face to tell me the good news about there being no broken bones. So now I'm home and I will be resting my sore right knee until it feels better. The forearm looks bad but I can still use that arm without a problem. And I am happy to say that I can safely make my transfers in and out of my sleeping chair to my scooter and to the commode. It might be a while before I go upstairs again because of the sore knee, but this too shall pass. Oh my goodness, it could have been SO much worse. I can't help but feel your thoughts and prayers made a big difference today. Thank you, my dear friends.

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Great news! The x-rays showed no bones were broken either in my forearm or my knee! Whew, that's a relief. I guess my old-lady bone density isn't so bad after all. I am so grateful to my dear Eddie who drove me to the emergency room and then waited patiently while Denise took the x-rays (pictured here) and the radiologist read them afterwards. I am grateful to every person who helped me. We had a wonderful experience at this hospital, Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe. Special thanks go to Dr. Justin Mitchelson who came into my room with a broad smile on his face to tell me the good news about there being no broken bones. So now I'm home and I will be resting my sore right knee until it feels better. The forearm looks bad but I can still use that arm without a problem. And I am happy to say that I can safely make my transfers in and out of my sleeping chair to my scooter and to the commode. It might be a while before I go upstairs again because of the sore knee, but this too shall pass. Oh my goodness, it could have been SO much worse. I can't help but feel your thoughts and prayers made a big difference today. Thank you, my dear friends.

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Great news! The x-rays showed no bones were broken either in my forearm or my knee! Whew, that's a relief. I guess my old-lady bone density isn't so bad after all. I am so grateful to my dear Eddie (pictured here) who drove me to the emergency room and then waited patiently while Denise took the x-rays and the radiologist read them afterwards. I am grateful to every person who helped me. We had a wonderful experience at this hospital, Beaumont Hospital Grosse Pointe. Special thanks go to Dr. Justin Mitchelson who came into my room with a broad smile on his face to tell me the good news about there being no broken bones. So now I'm home and I will be resting my sore right knee until it feels better. The forearm looks bad but I can still use that arm without a problem. And I am happy to say that I can safely make my transfers in and out of my sleeping chair to my scooter and to the commode. It might be a while before I go upstairs again because of the sore knee, but this too shall pass. Oh my goodness, it could have been SO much worse. I can't help but feel your thoughts and prayers made a big difference today. Thank you, my dear friends.

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One step forward, two steps back. I fell last night transferring from the bed to my scooter for one of my middle-of-the-night bathroom stops. It was 4:15 AM and dear Eddie managed to get me off the floor and back onto my bed. I had some pain in my right forearm and right knee so we decided it would be better for me to finish the night sleeping in the chair downstairs. When I woke up this morning we saw that my right forearm has a swollen bruise that looked like it should be x-rayed. Actually the pain in my right knee should probably be x-rayed as well. We came to the emergency room at our local hospital and I was lucky to placed immediately in a patient's room and seen by Dr. Justin Mitchelson. So right now I am in the hall waiting to be x-rayed (pictured here). I must say, my "Grandma Techno Hustles Harder" sticker on my scooter basket has caused a lot of smiles and questions. Even a few phone pictures!

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One step forward, two steps back. I fell last night transferring from the bed to my scooter for one of my middle-of-the-night bathroom stops. It was 4:15 AM and dear Eddie managed to get me off the floor and back onto my bed. I had some pain in my right forearm and right knee so we decided it would be better for me to finish the night sleeping in the chair downstairs. When I woke up this morning we saw that my right forearm has a swollen bruise that looked like it should be x-rayed. Actually the pain in my right knee should probably be x-rayed as well. We came to the emergency room at our local hospital and I was lucky to placed immediately in a patient's room and seen by Dr. Justin Mitchelson (pictured here). So right now I am in the hall waiting to be x-rayed. I must say, my "Grandma Techno Hustles Harder" sticker on my scooter basket has caused a lot of smiles and questions. Even a few phone pictures!

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One step forward, two steps back. I fell last night transferring from the bed to my scooter for one of my middle-of-the-night bathroom stops. It was 4:15 AM and dear Eddie managed to get me off the floor and back onto my bed. I had some pain in my right forearm and right knee so we decided it would be better for me to finish the night sleeping in the chair downstairs. When I woke up this morning we saw that my right forearm has a swollen bruise that looked like it should be x-rayed. Actually the pain in my right knee should probably be x-rayed as well. We came to the emergency room at our local hospital and I was lucky to placed immediately in this room and seen by Dr. Justin Mitchelson. So right now I am in the hall waiting to be x-rayed. I must say, my "Grandma Techno Hustles Harder" sticker on my scooter basket has caused a lot of smiles and questions. Even a few phone pictures!

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I cannot let this day pass without remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We must never forget his courage, commitment to non-violence and willingness to sacrifice his life for civil rights, voting rights, equality and justice for persons of all races. On this day that we celebrate Dr. King's birth, let us not sentimentalize his message. I share here a series of pen and ink drawings I did in the 1990s and put out into the world as "WordArt." I apologize for the small size but these are screenshots from my original website, www.windchimewalker.com

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I cannot let this day pass without remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We must never forget his courage, commitment to non-violence and willingness to sacrifice his life for civil rights, voting rights, equality and justice for persons of all races. On this day that we celebrate Dr. King's birth, let us not sentimentalize his message. I share here a series of pen and ink drawings I did in the 1990s and put out into the world as "WordArt." I apologize for the small size but these are screenshots from my original website, www.windchimewalker.com

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I cannot let this day pass without remembering Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We must never forget his courage, commitment to non-violence and willingness to sacrifice his life for civil rights, voting rights, equality and justice for persons of all races. On this day that we celebrate Dr. King's birth, let us not sentimentalize his message. I share here a series of pen and ink drawings I did in the 1990s and put out into the world as "WordArt." I apologize for the small size but these are screenshots from my original website, www.windchimewalker.com

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