I’m deeply grateful to everyone who has purchased, read, and taken the time to review one of my books. All profits from my books go to help get dogs like Heathrow, Deacon, Pancho, Bentley, Lola, Walter, Lucy and Emma (photos below) out of kill shelters. We’re off to a good start in 2017 with the freedom of 107 dogs. In in 2016, 250 dogs were freed. In 2015, 148 dogs were freed.
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RECENT REVIEW FOR THE SEVEN YEAR DRESS
We of a certain age know the factual horrors (and the indisputable veracity) of this shameful history. The descendants of those murdered in the death camps have the personal, still-shattering narratives that have been passed down in their families. It is imperative that generations to come grasp the unspeakable depths to which human beings are capable of descending.
That said, Mahurin’s achievement in The Seven Year Dress is reminding us that mankind’s goodness will ultimately, collectively (if not individually) trump its brutality. Helen’s capacity to retain her core kindness and decency in the face of soul-and-body lacerating savagery is profoundly impacting proof of this truth.
In the highest praise I can offer Mahurin, Helen personifies what Viktor Frankl, famed Austrian neurologist and victim of the Holocaust (Man’s Search for Meaning), identified as common to death camp survivors: the selflessness and empathy Helen extends to her fellow prisoners gives meaning and purpose to her personal suffering, from which an unimaginable (to me) resiliency develops.Helen’s maturation from a confused, blindsided child into the woman she ultimately becomes rings with organic authenticity in Mahurin’s hands—never rushed.
I finished The Seven Year Dress over a week ago, but wanted some time to write this (still woefully inadequate) review. Our Western culture falsely promises that hedonic pursuits and accumulation of the newest toys will bring us happiness. Mahurin here reminds us, once again, that “happiness” cannot be achieved directly, but is rather a byproduct of what we give freely to others, particularly under abject conditions in which we “have nothing to give.”
One version of the well-known St. Francis Prayer (“It is better to love than to be loved, to comfort than to be comforted,” etc.) contains the phrase “for it is in self-forgetting one finds.” I have always appreciated the philosophical depth and mystery of those words; now when I read, or hear, or think on them, I will see Helen Stein’s face in my mind’s eye.
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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
Heathrow has been rescued
Heathrow’s freedom photo
Deacon’s been rescued
Deacon’s freedom walk
Deacon’s freedom photo
Pancho has been rescued
Pancho feeling his freedom
Pancho’s freedom walk
Pancho’s freedom photo
Bentley has been rescued
Bentley’s freedom walk
Bentley’s freedom ride
Bentley’s freedom photo
Lola waiting for her freedom
Lolas’ been rescued
Lola’s freedom walk
Lola’s freedom ride
Lola chilling in new home sweet home
Walter’s been rescued
Walter’s freedom photo. Home sweet home with his new sibling.
Lucy has been rescued. She was immediately brought to the vet for a facial abscess.
Lucy’s freedom photo
Lucy getting badly needed vet attention
Lucy recovering well and enjoying a treat
Emma has been rescued
Emma’s freedom ride
Emma’s freedom photo