Review: We persecute what we fear and we fear what we do not know.


5.0 out of 5 stars A Lesson in Acceptance, January 5, 2013

We persecute what we fear and we fear what we do not know. The beauty of this book is that it allows the reader to get to know Mildred Dunlap – not as a lesbian nor as a 19th century homesteader, but as a person with the same hopes, fears, and joys that we all share. Through Mildred’s journey, you feel the pain and fear of alienation and the healing power of friendship and acceptance.

(Thank you, Lisa Arends (Author of Lessons From the End of a Marriage), for this great review which captures the essence of the story. It’s an honor coming from another author whose work I admire and has helped so many)


About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)
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15 Responses to Review: We persecute what we fear and we fear what we do not know.

  1. kanzensakura says:

    this is true….and we are also fearful of change for the same reasons.

    • Really good point, kanzensakura. Can you imagine how easy our lives would be without fearing change, which is always upon us? Wow, what a concept…to just ride the wave of life and enjoy it. Thanks for this. Too bad we can’t just have a sit down and chat…

      • kanzensakura says:

        I once worked for a new health insurance program for the State. it seems every week, some change was upon us – new ways to do old things, back to the old ways, on and on and on. We coined the phrase “surfing on an earthquake” for it. that program really taught me about adapting to change and sometimes, several times in the same day! So, once we learn to accept and learn to surf on an earthquake, we’ll be fine – I think!! LOL.
        Toni PS I really like your site a lot and look forward to it when it see it in my reader.

      • Toni, I love what you wrote here. Big cyber hug to you. πŸ™‚

  2. Wonderful review. Insightful thoughts about fear and change.

  3. Thanks for sharing…

    No real intent to be critical, but guess my eyes are going bad…your background could, from my perspective, be a little sharper. Just a thought!

  4. mkesling63 says:

    I agree. When we fear we start getting prejudiced and loose that unbiased judgement. The more we fear, the worse our judgement gets in all.

  5. Fear is our biggest enemy.

  6. malctg says:

    Hi The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap. Very interesting I must read the story. Thank you so much for liking my poem ‘Concentration’. Best Wishes, The Foureyed Poet.

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