A family stays together


https://thepersecutionofmildreddunlap.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post-new.php 15 year old German Shepherd mix, 7 year old lab, and 2 year old chi were dumped in the Lancaster kill shelter. Thankfully with the help of networking and pledges they were all rescued together. This is their freedom photo.

All profits from my book go to help get dogs like this out of kill shelters:

His Name Was Ben: recent reviews

on October 3, 2015

This is a beautifully written story that encompasses an elemental truth: live for now; the next day, hour, even minute, could be too late. Sara and Ben have both been diagnosed with terminal cancer and the meet, as they well might, in an oncologist’s waiting room. Sara has been offered the chance of taking part in an experimental treatment regime. Reassured that it has few of the appalling side-effects of traditional treatment, which is doing no good, she signs up; she has nothing to lose. Ben, newly diagnosed and shocked, eventually responds to Sara’s mantra of living to the full while they can, and to her determined efforts to take him as her lover.

Given the many truly exquisite scenes when Sara and Ben have “good days” and the tenderness when one of them is suffering too much to hide it,
it would have been possible to leave it like that and still show that the likelihood of death tearing them apart made them revaluate their lives. Paulette Mahurin digs deep into both their pasts: the experiences and the people that have created Sara and Ben, and she does it by introducing rounded characters that gain depth every time they appear. This is a book to treasure and reread.

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To Live Out Loud:

5.0 out of 5 starsThe Kafkaesque world of Dreyfus
ByCathryn Wellneron October 5, 2015
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Paulette Mahurin takes us into the Kafkaesque world endured by Dreyfus, when anti-Semitism condemned an innocent man and no amount of support could clear his good name. I knew the surface history of this dreadful experience in France, but I was caught up in the drama through this well researched, fictional account.

I wish we could say such things don’t happen today, but they do, and the cost of combatting injustice can be great. Mahurin’s account adds to our understanding of a smear campaign based on prejudice and politics that ruined more than one person’s life.

on October 10, 2015
To Live Out Loud, is a fascinating historical account of the acclaimed novelist Emile Zola who wrote a newspaper article proclaiming the innocence of Alfred Dreyfus, a Jewish officer in the French Military. Dreyfus, an innocent man, was convicted of providing secret intelligence to Germany.

To Live Out Loud is powerful historical account of Zola and Dreyfus. I love how Mahurin added tidbits of Zola’s quotes. To Live Out Loud inspired me to research Zola – a compelling novelist, playwright and journalist.

To Live Out Loud is well-written. Mahurin’s research is commendable, and she did a fantastic job chronicling this historical event. Excellent!

on October 9, 2015
It is a well written account of a kind of docudrama, about a very important historical event dealing with anti-Semitism of religious and political influence, prior to France’s eventual intelligent separation of church and state. Paulette’s gentile hook grabs you immediately and her style of writing at once involves you in the story, making you feel like a witness participant of this Dreyfus affair, that occupies famous Zola’s life it its very end. Bravo Paulette…! A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
on 4 October 2015

Alfred Dreyfus is Jewish man. He is also an officer in the French army. Being accused of spying for Germany against his country is only the tip of the iceberg. This novel concentrated on a highly sensitive criminal case, but it also demonstrates the political and religious landscape, with its corruption and power, at the end of the 19th century.

Many of the reviews have delved into the plot and characters, however I would just like to say what I enjoyed about the book,To Live Out Loud. First of all, the story was complex, to me, as I had not heard about this piece of history. Ms Mahurin managed to guide me through, not only the details of this extraordinary case, but also gave me an entertaining story, where fact and fiction merged brilliantly.

The writing was straightforward, beautifully smooth, and I have to give the author top marks for her historical authenticity.
I thoroughly enjoyed this thought provoking story, so much so that I find myself wanting to know more. This is a compliment to the author, who stirred my interest on every page.
I highly recommend To Live Out Loud to all readers, who enjoy a really well told story.

on 7 October 2015

I can remember hearing the story of Albert Dreyfus at school — and a dull tale it was too. But in the hands of Paulette Mahurin, the story that bored me in a double period of European history on a Friday afternoon takes on a completely new dimension.

Dreyfus was a Jewish army officer in France at the end of the nineteenth century and the story if how he was falsely accused of espionage to protect the establishment and as a reflection of a deep-rooted anti-semitism is well known. Dreyfus’ case was taken up by the novelist Emile Zola, who was convicted of libel before being eventually cleared.

Mahurin takes on the story with the aid of an additional character, Zola’s elderly bachelor friend Charles Mandonette, who is at his side throughout the Dreyfus case and the subsequent libel trial. As Zola’s confidante, Charles is privy to Zola’s agonising, his encounters with Dreyfus and his supporters, and the novelist’s balancing act between wife and mistress.

Beautifully written, though perhaps a little lacking in the kind of drama that really brings a book eating off the page, the story engages the reader with Zola and his motives; Mahurin makes the reader feel that they are an observer, alongside Charles, rather than a participant like so many of the other characters. A satisfying read.

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The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

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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)

28 Responses to A family stays together

  1. tazzielove says:

    Reblogged this on tazziesplace and commented:
    A wonderful rescue of three dogs.

  2. tazzielove says:

    Wonderful that they all stayed together.

  3. Barb says:

    That’s what we like to see, that they all stayed together….a perfect ending!

  4. cindy knoke says:

    Awwww, heart rending happy ending!

  5. it’s wonderful when a family of dogs are adopted together. Gives me a good feeling.

  6. We will shortly be available as a home for a dog that needs one. Even from sad times comes some good.

  7. So cool. Those three look amazingly happy. They know, don’t they?

    • I think they do know, J.B. I tried to post the before photo of them in the cage but it would only post sideways and I gave up. They looked so depressed, all three stuffed in a cage. That was the photo that circulated to all of us to help raise pledges and network to get them out. This photo, night and day. What a relief! ❤

  8. I’m pleased when animals are loved and adopted. A marvelous rescue. ❤ ❤

  9. BroadBlogs says:

    “an elemental truth: live for now; the next day, hour, even minute, could be too late”

    I need to be reminded of this over and over again.

    • I’m with you on needing to be reminded of this over and over. Aren’t many “truths” but can’t dispute this one for sure. Reminds me of someone telling me a Buddha quote and I paraphrase, “the trouble with you is you think you have time.” Thank you for this inspirational commend. Made my day. ❤

  10. Deziz World says:

    Dat’s pawsum. Anytime an animal can get off death row is a good fing. Kudos to you.

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Lexi

  11. Clowie says:

    I’m glad they were kept together – it would have been very stressful for them to be parted from each other.

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