Author Archives: Amy Robinson

About Amy Robinson

I enjoy being an observer and reporter of issues related to education, the environment, the economy, (sometimes) politics and (always) human behavior, and I believe that nobody does news better than NPR.

Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism targets international and culinary tourism

Tourism confState tourism officials are taking a break from their winter work this month to discuss trends in the Michigan travel industry. The annual Pure Michigan Governor’s Conference on Tourism begins Sunday in Traverse City. Nearly a-thousand travel industry insiders are expected to attend. Continue reading

CMU hosts artist/author to speak on living with Multiple Sclerosis

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An event coming to Central Michigan University Monday night is aimed at raising disability awareness through the power of images.

Artist and author Patricia Lay-Dorsey will be speaking about her photo exhibit and book Falling Into Place; A self portrait about day-to-day living with Multiple Sclerosis.

The 71-year old Lay-Dorsey was diagnosed with MS 25-years ago. As a marathon runner and bicyclist, she says she couldn’t imagine how her life would change.

Lay-Dorsey said she became frustrated with stories or images of people with disabilities. They were often created by non-disabled persons. She said she thought someone who was disabled themselves finally had to tell the story from the inside and hopefully prompt conversations.”I want this to be a trigger, these pictures. I don’t want these to be pictures of me or you know, or even disability, per sae. But what it is to me is saying “look, we all have something that we deal with, and if you haven’t had it yet, you’re gonna have it. And the key is, how do we handle it?”

Lay-Dorsey’s presentation Falling Into Place is scheduled for Monday night at 7:00 in the Park Library Auditorium on the campus of CMU.
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Midland county diaper alliance takes shipment of 153,000 diapers for area babies

diapersMother Nature made a bit of a nuisance of herself again last night, dumping snow during the evening commute and causing school cancellations and delays today. One unexpected delay was in a shipment of diapers bound for Midland. More than 150- thousand diapers are heading for distribution to low-income families in Midland, Bay and Saginaw counties. Continue reading

“In Controversey They Stood”: MLK essay

Martin-Luther-King-Jr-9365086-2-402It’s been 85-years since the birth of Martin Luther King Jr.and more than 50-years since his “I have a dream” speech moved a nation.

In the 1960’s his civil rights messages were heard over radios and black and white tv sets.

Today, messages of all sorts are spread with the click of a mouse through social media.

The question of how social media impacts civil rights occurred to CMU Senior Shelbie Moore. She wrote an essay about MLK and social media for a University project.

Today, on this MLK day, she shares her thoughts.