Astonishing Light

Great post: perspective and attitude.

Russ Towne's A Grateful Man


β€œI wish I could show you, when you are alone or in darkness, the astonishing light of your own being.” -Haviz (Source: Let’s Be Positive Together)

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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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34 Responses to Astonishing Light

  1. Angeline M says:

    It’s all about perspective πŸ™‚

  2. What I posted at The Grateful Man’s site in response. πŸ™‚

    For me this is the most important thing. Reminds me of a book I read by Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning, about his being in a concentration camp and losing his entire family. He watched people there, singing, laughing, dancing, making love, and came away with the attitude that you can have everything taken away from you but what you make your attitude. I’ve never forgotten that, not even when strapped with Lyme disease meningitis and a whole array of other bodily afflictions. That, along with my dog, probably saved my life.

    Thank you.

  3. tazzielove says:

    Right on. So simple yet so powerful. Can change ones worldview.

  4. gita4elamats says:

    It is a great way to see life and it is also funny! πŸ˜†

  5. 68ghia says:

    Thanks for the reblog P!

    • Couldn’t resist that little upside guy’s optimism, lol. Reminded me of my dad, who was dirt poor growing up yet had an amazing positive attitude (that stayed with him all his life). It used to get on my nerves, until I got older and saw the value in it, lol. πŸ˜‰

      • 68ghia says:

        Same with my dad. He was always a bright light in a sea of darkness…

      • We’re lucky with that.

        He was born in England, the brother of 8 other siblings, his father a cantor who made no money to speak of. My dad learned a trade; he was a tailor (all his life). He scrimped and saved and came to America with all the money he had from doing odd jobs, sweating his butt off. He put it in a bank . That was 1929, just a month before the big Depression hit, where he lost it all. Even then, he didn’t lose his good attitude. I loved and admired him.

        I bet you have some wonderful stories to share about your dad.

        xoxo P

  6. My optimism has saved my bacon a number of times. I love the turtle’s perspective. Makes me giggle.

  7. scott2608 says:

    Wonderful point of view!

  8. Liberty of Thinking says:

    Poor little chap… He doesn’t seem to notice carrying the world on his back…;-)
    “Positivism is realism with a comfortable bank account balance.” Romulus Campan

  9. russtowne says:

    Thank you for re-blogging this post. I love the humor and message in the illustration and am glad you gave your readers the opportunity to enjoy it too.

  10. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    I love that cartoon!!!! Love it πŸ™‚

  11. fournier0917 says:

    Interesting blog, site and ideas. Had I not read his bio, I would have guessed his age by the wisdom of his shared thought, and the one he advances of other like writings. Thank you for this mon ami…!

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