Love this and this blogger who shines a very bright light into the lives of many. Thank you Sheri

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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36 Responses to Zen

  1. Oh ditto to billyraychitwood1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. True words but we will never manage such a life because it’s too easy and makes too much sense.

  3. XO – we can at least try … XO my dear one.

  4. I have seen similar quotes with some of these same words. They are still beautiful.

  5. gita4elamats says:

    If there is to be peace in the world,
    There must be peace in the nations.
    If there is to be peace in the nations,
    There must be peace in the cities.
    If there is to be peace in the cities,
    There must be peace between neighbors.
    If there is to be peace between neighbors,
    There must be peace in the home.
    If there is to be peace in the home,
    There must be peace in the heart.
    – Lao Tzu

  6. Liberty of Thinking says:

    I just wanted so badly to write a comment on why such wisdom becomes practically useless given the developed, common contemporary misunderstanding of the named “popular” concepts, but I just couldn’t. I still have the old fashioned respect for what harmony once meant… 🙂

    • Excellent point, you make, or started to almost make, lol. All comments welcome here. So please by all means feel free, anytime. I’m all for peace, harmony, but… I have no notion where any switch is to turn it on or off and so I try to do my best one day at a time, always being just the human I am, like the rest of us.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. Really enjoy your inspirational thought provoking posts.

      • Liberty of Thinking says:

        Thank you from the heart… You see, I seem to be having more and more often, moments of sanity… like the one resulting in my unwillingness to disturb your zen’s harmony…
        It’s worrying me…

      • Ah ha! Someone who understands sanity, is miles ahead of moi, lol. And, “my Zen sanity?” Really? You mistook me for someone else. Just kidding. So glad to playfully spar with you here…feel free any time. 😉

  7. I don’t get it: if there’s beauty in the person…? I’m bloody gorgeous yet the world’s still a mess!

    • I think it’s referring to one’s world view, not necessarily effecting grand scale big picture change. But then, I didn’t write it so can’t be sure. Personally, I like the idea of calming, or trying to calm, my insides when in turmoil, but always easy, don’t always succeed but, I like the idea. Big to you Mr. DB, author supreme.

  8. It’s all connected and it starts with us. This is such a great reminder of how one person can make a difference. Very empowering! 🙂

  9. exactly. I truly believe there is one question, and one answer to everything. It all operates under the same principle. This is very close to it–but if it were it completely–well, we’d understand everything, quantum mechanics versus disparity with theory of relativity included.

    Soon. I hope we get the rest of the equation soon.

  10. natuurfreak says:

    Who’s not dreaming of peace?

  11. 68ghia says:

    Thanks for the reblog P – really quite worth the read!

  12. fournier0917 says:

    We who have a modicum of grey matter between the ears, cannot but wonder why mankind the world over is not guided by this only way of life. It speaks of that wonderful word, “harmony”. Everything else is manmade methods, using whatever label one chooses, of dictatorial controls that history proves has led to and continues to lead to failure. JJ

  13. from little things big things..I like the optimism.

  14. FlaHam says:

    Paulette, Such simple comments that grow and become a clear truth. They are indeed powerful words. Thanks — Bill

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