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I would highly recommend this book. It isn’t always pretty but some history isn’t easy to read about. But maybe some of us will walk away with compassion in our hearts for people who are different then us. “Look below the surface and beneath the difference you’ll meet another’s heart”
“Beneath the differences – you meet another’s heart. That’s where the light of love never dims.”
Working myself in the mental health field, I already had a working knowledge of journalist Nellie Bly and her courageous undercover reporting of the heartless conditions inside Blackwell’s Island asylum for women in the 1800s.
‘A Different Kind of Angel’ by Paulette Mahurin is the tale of Klara, a young Jewish woman, who, due to her inability to speak English, is railroaded by the justice system and institutionalized. At every step, Klara finds appalling conditions, inhumane treatment and filth.
To maintain a sound mind, Klara often recalls her past, happier days with her parents and siblings in Kiev. The only problem with these memories is the devastation that eventually drove her to America in the first place. She fled the Russian program that criminalized Jewish people and murdered her family. The abuse Klara experiences in Blackwell’s Island all too often reminds her of the cruel solider who destroyed her home.
A Different Kind of Angel is an eye-opening page-turner. We have come far in how we treat people with mental health issues, as well as foreigners. In these challenging times today, is a reminder of a place we don’t want to go again. Heartbreaking at times, hopeful as well. A great read. Highly recommended.
Elizabeth Cochrane, aka Nellie Bly aka Nellie Brown wrote an expose on the Blackwell Island Asylum in 1887, after staying there for ten days where over 1,500 women were patients in the women’s asylum. That’s where she met Klara Gelfman, a young Jewish immigrant from Kiev, who in 1881 escapes from Russia to New York City and tells her story as a patient in the New York City Lunatic Asylum. The staff includes nurse Miss Rudman, Dr. Lucas Koch, nurse Sally and her boyfriend Roy, nurse Edith Preston, nurse Harriet Brownstone, nurse Barbara Lincoln, Albert, nurse Greta Smidt, nurse Candace Millhouse. Klara shares a six-bed dorm room with her friend Catherine Bigsby and four others Tillie, Annette, Rosie, and Amelia.
The story weaves back and forth from Klara’s present to her past life in Kiev, to her early days in the asylum, to meeting Nellie Brown, Nellie’s story, back and forth to other times in the asylum in those five years. Caught between the past and the present, she is sometimes in a confused in-between state. So much of it is about the inhumane treatment, squalid conditions, and the evil but there are parts that are uplifting. Who are the angels that lift Klara’s spirits?
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DOGS RESCUED FROM KILL SHELTERS
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Rocky’s freedom photo
Ashton’s been rescued
Ashton’s freedom photo
Ashton bonding with new dad: the look of love.
Buster Brown has been rescued
Buster Brown’s freedom photo
Ice has been rescued
Ice’s freedom photo
Vinnie has been rescued
Vinnie’s freedom photo
Sandy has been rescued
Sandy’s freedom photo
Peaches has been rescued
Peaches’ freedom photo
Snoopy has been rescued
Snoopy’s freedom photo
Griffin has been rescued
Griffin’s freedom photo
Cheddar has been rescued
Cheddar’s freedom photo
Scooby’s been rescued
Scooby’s freedom photo
Elderly siblings, Precious, Dottie, Pee Wee, were rescued together.
Precious, Dottie, & Pee Wee’s freedom photo.
Candy has been rescued
Candy’s freedom photo
Bart’s been rescued
Bart’s freedom photo
9-year-old Jocelyn and her 7 puppies were rescued. She had the puppies on her way out of the shelter.
Jocelyn & 7 puppies freedom photo
Jocelyn & 7 puppies freedom ride.
Pregnant Coralie has been rescued
Coralie’s freedom photo
Coralie with new foster mom.
Odie has been rescued
Odie’s freedom photo
Xena’s been rescued
Xena’s freedom photo
Travis has been rescued
Travis’ freedom photo
Brodie (names by rescue) has been rescued
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