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Patricia Lay-Dorsey

Detroit based photographer - a.k.a Grandma Techno - who sees herself and others from an insider’s point of view. Also at @patricialaydorseycollages

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Eddie’s and my holiday has come early this year. We just got home after having had dinner at our favorite Thai restaurant with our new next-door neighbors, Calla @callabutler and Leo @leohibberd. Although they had moved in in September, this was our first opportunity to sit down and really get to know them. What wonderful people! We feel so fortunate to have them as neighbors.


A shadow over the world...


When you have trouble going to sleep there’s nothing like nibbling on humous, crackers and apple cider while watching a classic movie on TV.


It’s that time of year again...


December twilight


When you encounter emotional turbulence in your life, where do you go for help? I go to my journal and my art supplies. I find I can examine my problem much more clearly in writing than in thinking or talking about it. And when I sit down in front of a blank sheet of watercolor paper with my brushes and ink, something intuitive leads me exactly where I need to go. When I put my words together with my image, everything becomes clear and I know how to stabilize myself again. Nature and exercise also help.


For me there is nothing more soothing than seeing and hearing waves lap at the shore.


Communication. Miscommunication. Understanding. Misunderstandings. So much can go right and so much can go wrong when trying to work with others. The key is to talk about your thoughts and feelings. Face-to-face or by phone, not via text or email. And don’t keep things pinned up inside because if you do, you run the risk of it going weird and blowing up into something bigger than it needed to be. And don’t just speak; listen. Do your best to hear what others think and feel. Even if - especially if - it makes little sense to you. You may not agree but you can at least respect their right to hold an opinion different from your own. Respect is key. Always treat others with respect. It goes back to the old adage, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.“ Sounds simple, right? Wrong. It’s tough to work with others; much tougher than doing it all by yourself. But when you work with others, there is a breadth of vision and depth of focus that goes beyond anything you can do on your own. What I’m saying is, whatever challenges come with collaboration are worth it. This photo shows Grace sharing her memories of the 1967 Detroit Rebellion with George during the Hannan House Players production of "Our Memories - Stories From 1967” on Friday, July 21, 2017.


Art is such a comfort in times of chaos. I’m sure that has been true throughout the ages. I took this photo on the day that the new Robert and Katherine Jacobs Asian Wing opened at the Detroit Institute of Arts @diadetroit.


#Repost @wokdocs with @get_repost ・・・ The story that @bxpnyc and @sethfw have spent the past year-plus researching, reporting, and writing is live NOW on the @smithsonianmagazine website. You won’t believe how much taxpayer $$$ props up this toxic ideology. A preview: At Beauvoir, the postwar home of Confederate president Jefferson Davis, Brian and Seth were repeatedly fed myths of happy slaves and loyal black Confederates — but nothing about the brutality of chattel slavery. Beauvoir has received $21 million in federal and state funding over the past decade and a half. Read it, scream, and share!..............FROM PATRICIA: I have just read every word and looked at every photograph in the article “The Costs of Confederacy” that was researched and written by Brian Palmer @bxpnyc (whom I know personally and respect highly) and Seth Freed Wessler @sethfw and is posted on the Smithsonian Magazine website (link on @smithsonianmagazine). If anyone ever questioned that the United States still has a serious problem with racist attitudes, actions and official policies in 2018, I urge them to read this article in full. I am left feeling appalled, discouraged and angry. At the same time, it helps me understand why the Mississippi Republican Senate candidate Cindy Hyde-Smith won yesterday‘s runoff election even though during her campaign she made and refused to apologize for blatantly racist remarks. The fact that Hyde-Smith, a white Republican, was running against Mike Espy, a Democrat and former congressman who is African-American, in Mississippi, a state that had not elected a non-white Senator since Reconstruction, was as significant as anything she said or did. It was actually amazing that Espy managed to bring that election to a runoff. I would also have to say that this well-researched, well-written article helps me understand why someone like Trump appealed to so many voters and still has rabid supporters in many rural parts of our nation. As painful as it may be, the truth will set us free... eventually. Thank you, Brian and Seth, for telling the truth that moves us forward in our ongoing struggle for equality and justice for ALL.


#Repost @paolamendoza with @get_repost ・・・ I finally spoke to Rosa. She had decided to go to the bridge to participate in a peaceful protest. She wanted to be able to exercise her right and ask for asylum in the United States. I’m uncertain of the details but I know Rosa and her four children were tear gased. She said her 5 year old and her 4 month old almost choked in all the smoke. She also said she lost her stroller in the mayhem. She is back at the shelter but she is tired, worried and confused. Her four month old has a fever. She doesn’t have any medicine for the baby. Tonight will be another sleepless night for her. All Rosa wants is to be able to be safe. Today, instead of safety her children were tear gased by border patrol. Artwork by @nikkolas_smith [posted on Sunday 11/25/18]........... FROM PATRICIA: Just what Trump wanted. A small number of Honduran asylum-seekers from the Central American Caravans got frustrated with the vile conditions they and their families are trying to survive in refugee camps in Tijuana, so on Sunday they tried to cross the border without permission. Oh yes, three border patrol officers were hit - but not injured - by rocks. So the border patrol indiscriminately tear gassed everyone they saw, including mothers like Rosa with young children and babies. Of course this justified Trump’s order to close the border and not let any immigrants or asylum-seekers into our country. And don’t forget he is pushing harder than ever to build His Wall. It looks like he might even close down the federal government to get his way. Where are the checks and balances guaranteed in our Constitution? What has happened to our Bill of Rights? Are we going to let Trump dismantle our entire rule of law? Is our democracy really that fragile? And whatever happened to our country’s long-standing commitment to giving asylum to persons who had to flee their country because of threats to their lives? We might as well knock down the Statue of Liberty and bury her in the river.


There’s nothing like having a visit with old friends during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. This afternoon Carole brought her granddaughter Kate @lizzystan over to our house and both Eddie and I were delighted! We had gotten to know Kate through Carole years ago and have such fond memories of her. Eddie even remembers having an informal swimming competition against Kate back when she was 13 years old. Kate ended up coming from her home in Brussels to Columbia University on a swimming scholarship, graduated in 2017, is now working in a research lab at Columbia Medical Center and living in Brooklyn, NY. It was also an unexpected treat to see her grandmother Carole. Although Carole lives only a few miles from us, we no longer swim laps at the same pool so we’re lucky if we run into one another occasionally. Can’t you tell from this picture how adorable they both are?!!


November moon 🌔✨


Thanksgiving in Detroit 2014


#Repost @trtworld with @get_repost ・・・ “He was charming, he had great heart, he has never been judgemental in his opinion, he will disagree with you, but he will leave you with a smile.” Al Sharq Forum President Wadah Khanfar shares his thoughts on close friend and journalist Jamal Khashoggi who went missing on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in #Istanbul. Saudi Arabia has since admitted that Khashoggi was killed there. • #JamalKhashoggi #WadahKhanfar #AlSharqForum #SaudiConsulate #Turkey #SaudiArabia................FROM PATRICIA: If you have been following the news you will know that the CIA has determined without a doubt that the U.S.-based Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination and dismemberment in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul was ordered personally by the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We read in @nytimes that “... on Tuesday, the president dismissed not only that assessment but also the very process of seeking the truth, implying that it did not really matter anyway. (“Maybe he did and maybe he didn’t!” Mr. Trump wrote of Prince Mohammed.) Instead, the decisions of a president should be guided by what is best for the economy and the United States’ security.” Trump went on to say “The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region.” I have no words to express the horror that I and any person of conscience feels to see my country sink to such lows. The headline of the NY Times news analysis from which I took these quotes says it all: “A Message That Could Become a Blueprint for Autocrats.” How will the United States ever regain its national soul and international respect after having such a president as this? Even having a Democratic House of Representatives can never undo the damage he has already done. And, unless he is impeached, we have two more years for him to complete his reign of terror. Heaven help us all. And may the courageous journalist and truthteller Jamal Khashoggi rest in peace.