They Took Away His Books

Oh, I loved this one. Short and amazingly wonderful. And, to Lady Budd’s site: if you like great, terrifically great, historical tidbits, this is the place to hang with the ever lovely AKA clanmother’s alternate site.

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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22 Responses to They Took Away His Books

  1. How backward, taking away books!

  2. gita4elamats says:

    I prefer my dog, too! 😀

  3. Clanmother says:

    My dear friend!!! Your thoughtful reblog is so much appreciated. Actually, I was thinking of you when I chose the last quote! We truly stand on the shoulders of giants. Everyone of us makes a contribution – thank you for yours!

  4. 68ghia says:

    Wonder what it must feel like to be that intelligent…

  5. natuurfreak says:

    Thanks a lot for reblogging this.I apreciete it a lot.

  6. fournier0917 says:

    Funny about coincidence, over breakfast this morning, before having read the Lady Budd piece, Marianne was speaking of her godmother who lived in Clermont Ferrand, France.

    But on coincidence what about our today’s kind of suppressing knowledge in our educational systems, at least in the North America I know. I remember when cultural education, daily gymnastics, even reading and writing etc was part of our daily, or at the very least weekly curriculum.

    But then one day big business stepped in to dictate, and in the process to buy off the educational powers that be… with their way of running things, which is what feeds the bottom line, or no contributions to the educational coffers. Ergo we have young people coming out of our educational institutions who can’t read, can barely write, and have no idea what goes on outside their immediate geographical and sports interest surroundings.

    From my way of thinking and what I see and read, mankind has not progressed too far from Pascal’s days. I’m reminded of my comments on your “Two year old dog” story of today, where like Pascal I’ve a feeling animals have more concern for fellow creatures than humans, generally speaking do.

    Not way enough people like you Paulette, and Lady Budd to do the right thing, and spread the good reminders in this world, and more especially in today’s world.. JJ

  7. fournier0917 says:

    Great post, so much so that one cannot but follow Lady Budd’s site, in spite of ever diminishing time available such worthy sites encroach upon my productive hours. Thanks for this one Paulette. As I have already said, you and Marianne are wonderful sources of intellect feed for me. Jean-Jacques Fournier

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