Memorial Day

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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18 Responses to Memorial Day

  1. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    This is written well – from sad to high and joyous. Happy Memorial Day.

  2. seeker says:

    In remembrance, I join you even tho’ I live in Canada.

  3. 68ghia says:

    So much death.
    Most of it senseless – we need to remember, lest we repeat the mistakes.
    Alas, people seem bent on doing exactly that in any case…

  4. mixedupmeme says:

    Thank you, Paulette for your generous reblogs. I tried to mix the serious this time. And I really feel so much death has been in vain. It is said we learn from mistakes and we do. Just need to get out of the learning mode I guess.

    We don’t do Memorial Day stuff. Nothing against it. Just nobody to do it with. lol But I think people should celebrate after serious thought about the day. Good times with family and friends should never be part of the sacrifice. Play games, share food, laugh.
    Be outside, get dirty, sleep well.

    Tuesday morning and the drudge for many will begin again. 😦
    I want appreciation and respect for those who gave the ultimate. But I see little wrong with wishing a Happy Day after the solitary contemplation. 🙂

    • So well said, thank you. As wordsfallfrommy eyes also said, above, from sad to high and joyous. You’ve covered it all with respect for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and those of us alive. How could there ever be anything wrong with wishing, and having, a Happy Day, even in the shadows of the unthinkable?

  5. What exactly is war good for? Killing our boys, fathers, uncles, husbands…. Why do wars persist? This is beautifully written. Grabs my heart and twists it.

  6. Paulette, thank you for sharing this. It really speaks well to this day. I just kind of want to linger over the words, and imagine each dying soldier would say these very words.

  7. Great and powerful words here. Thank you for the inspiration
    Yisraela

  8. natuurfreak says:

    It still moves me again and again.

  9. Celeste says:

    Love and respect…that’s what is in my mind now.

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