Ventura TV Show

Just received this message from the producer of the show:

Your interview is published online at and will be broadcast 4x next week, starting tomorrow (Mother’s Day), on Ventura Channel 6 Cable TV.

Below is the link for anyone who wants to watch it now. Times for airing on TV in Ventura County are listed below. The interviewer, Ken McAlpine is a published author of several book and former staff writer for National Geographic Magazine.

Frontier Lesbians: Hatred/Intolerance vs. Love/Friendship

In this wide-ranging interview, author Paulette Mahurin speaks with Our Ventura TV host, Ken McAlpine. She discusses writing, self-publishing, the research behind her novel, The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap, and notes that all profits from the sale of the book go to the Santa Paula Animal Rescue Center, Ventura County, CA. (The first and only no-kill animal shelter in Ventura County).

Paulette touches on how lyme disease turned her to writing. She speaks about the motivation behind her book, which was to shed light on hatred and intolerance. She talks about some of her research on the topic of frontier lesbians, including that it was once thought that being a lesbian was curable via rape.

Paulette Mahurin is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their three dogs: Eli, Max and Bella. She practices women’s health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time.

By Paulette Mahurin

In 1895, Oscar Wilde was convicted of gross indecency with other men in England. The news went out over telegraphs worldwide and it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. The book is a story of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing.


Director: Petrina Sharp



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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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35 Responses to Ventura TV Show

  1. tazzielove says:

    Good interview. Now let’s hope it helps get some furry friends connected with homes. 🙂

  2. I can’t wait to see this when I get home and can watch on my computer. So deserving Paulette. 🙂

  3. Alison says:

    That was so great to see you! A real person not just comments on my blog 🙂 That made me so happy.
    I will ask for your help marketing one day 🙂

    • Hey Alison! I’m so glad you got to see it. I know what you mean about a real person. Interesting the ideas we form of someone and then we meet or see them and it’s nothing like we thought, or rarely is. It’d be my pleasure to hear from you on that fabulous day when you want help with marketing. Happy Mother’s Day. 🙂

      • Alison says:

        Not a mother 🙂
        Never wanted to be. There was always something I wanted more than to have a baby. (Believe me I’d have been a frightening mother). Don has a son so I get to be a grandmother by default. However I’ll happily accept your good wishes 🙂 and send them right back to you.

      • We don’t have human children. Just our dogs. But, I love every opportunity to wish someone a happy day. So happy every day to you. 🙂

  4. seeker says:

    I am listening to you right now as I type. “The heart knows what the mind cannot conceive” what a wonderful statement in writing the book. It’s good to hear your voice. You sound exactly how you write, fully human, fully alive. Happy Mother’s Day, all the animals love you and so do we. Thank you. Perpetua.

  5. Misaki says:

    That’s fantastic!

  6. I can’t get over this! I touched something you touched, and now I’m watching your video. You are every bit as sweet as I imagined.
    Progress in the electronic age is a beautiful thing. I sort of got to meet you. Have a wonderful day and thanks so much for sharing, Paulette. More power to you.

    • I’m so glad you got to see it, Tess. I think we do really get a feel for each other when we put ourselves out there, underbelly and all. The upside of progress in technology … definitely are the moments like this when we get to connect and strengthen our bonds with each other. Have a very Happy Mother’s Day. 🙂

  7. 68ghia says:

    That was such a great interview Paulette!!
    You did an excellent job – congrats!!!

  8. Impressive. Articulate. Passionate. Knowledgeable. Personable.

    I’m proud to know you! 🙂

  9. gita4elamats says:

    I watched the video last night, great interview. It as good to see and hear you, you were fabulous, Auntie-Sis Paw! Waggles!
    Love you,
    Tara & Ela

  10. gita4elamats says:

    Reblogged this on ELANA – The Voice of the Future and commented:
    A must-see interview about a must-read book! 😀

  11. Clowie says:

    Thank you for posting the link to the interview, I really enjoyed watching it. I feel as though I know you a little better now.
    I’ve been meaning to ask whether you know the story of Alan Turing – it was very sad.

    • Oh, I’m glad you got to watch it, Clowie ( & Rose). Perhaps some day we’ll actually meet and get to know each other even better yet.

      Alan Turing: his story, his life, the injustice, breaks my heart. I hope everyone who sees this will take a minute to read about this man, like Oscar Wilde, paid with his life (in Turning’s case literally in Wilde’s case through demoralized and broken spirit).
      Alan Mathison Turing, OBE, FRS (pron.: /ˈtjʊərɪŋ/ TEWR-ing; 23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954), was a British mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist. He was highly influential in the development of computer science, giving a formalisation of the concepts of “algorithm” and “computation” with the Turing machine, which can be considered a model of a general purpose computer.[2][3][4] Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence.[5]
      Conviction for indecency

      In January 1952, Turing started a relationship with a 19-year-old unemployed man, Arnold Murray, whom he had met outside the Regal Cinema when walking down Manchester’s Oxford Road just before Christmas and had invited to lunch. On 23 January Turing’s house was burgled. Murray told Turing that the burglar was an acquaintance of his, and Turing reported the crime to the police. During the investigation he acknowledged a sexual relationship with Murray. Homosexual acts were illegal in the United Kingdom at that time,[87] and both were charged with gross indecency under Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885.[88] Initial committal proceedings for the trial occurred on February 27, where Turing’s solicitor “reserved his defence”. Later, convinced by the advice of his brother and other lawyers, Turing entered a plea of “guilty”, in spite of the fact that he felt no remorse or guilt for having committed criminal acts of homosexuality.[89] The case, Regina v. Turing and Murray, was brought to trial on 31 March 1952,[90] where Turing was convicted, and given a choice between imprisonment or probation conditional on his agreement to undergo hormonal treatment designed to reduce libido. He accepted the option of treatment via injections of stilboestrol, a synthetic oestrogen; this treatment was continued for the course of one year. The treatment rendered Turing impotent and caused gynecomastia,[91] fulfilling in the literal sense, Turing’s prediction that “no doubt I shall emerge from it all a different man, but quite who I’ve not found out”.[92][93] Murray was given a conditional discharge.[94]

    • Just did a separate post, an homage to Turning. Thank you Clowie, for pointing it out to me. Have a great weekend and Max & Bella send lots of BOLs and wags to you.

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