The experience of being alive

I’m dedicating this to my friend, Perpetua (Seeker). Thanks for all the inspiration and support. πŸ™‚

Dr Bill Wooten

β€œI don’t believe people are looking for the meaning of life as much as they are looking for the experience of being alive.” Joseph Campbell


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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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17 Responses to The experience of being alive

  1. seeker says:

    You just have an uncanny way of knowing a person without meeting them, Paulette. Joseph Campbell has so much wisdom. It means so much to me to stay alive rather than finding the meaning of life. Paulette, thank you for dedicating this to me. God Bless. Seeker aka Perpetua.

  2. beebeesworld says:

    What a peaceful, lovely pic! beebee

  3. FlaHam says:

    That is a bench I could sit upon for an extended period of time. It conveys a place where one can in fact live. Thanks for sharing this — Bill

  4. That is so beautiful.

  5. gita4elamats says:

    I love Joseph Campbell. This reminds me of a poem of mine. :} Here’s a part of it:

    The meaning of Life is no mystery:

    it is to survive, to stay alive!

    It’s all been done before; why, it’s written in history!

    Live each day, each moment, despite the pain and strife.

    Ebb and flow…

  6. I always find it interesting that people seek meanings of things like life, as though if they only looked in the proper place, they would find what they are looking for. The truth of the matter is, at least from my perspective, that we need only reflect inward. All the meaning is there inside us. The rest is window dressing.

  7. Paula says:

    Who’s got the credits for this beautiful photo? I couldn’t agree more with the quote πŸ™‚

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