Testimonials

Here you can view what others have been saying about Ruth Baskerville, and her two books, Hoodless Klan, and Finding Humor in Grief.

Finding Humor in Grief

I completed your wonderful, God-Sent book today. I absolutely LOVE this masterpiece!! It's actually an answer to prayer because it answers a lot of unanswered questions for me. It simply warmed my heart many, many times. Yes, I did find joy in the humor. It warms my heart even now and puts a smile on my face when I think of it. You would have loved my husband!! He had the sense of humor in our relationship and was quite a jokester. The two of you would have really "clicked!!"
Sonja Purdie Young
I am so proud of your adventurous spirit: Dealing with tragedy and turning it into triumph. In psychology it is called "sublimation." Finding a way to take control of crisis and not allowing it to control you is a very healthy paradigm. Finding Humor in Grief is groundbreaking. Remember, an old lady said, after my dad's funeral, ‘We had a good time.’ I responded, ‘We celebrate life, not death. The joy of living is more important than death.’ Congratulations on your success.
Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant
AWSOME GOD, AWESOME YOU, & AWESOME BOOK!! You sooooo DESERVE ALL the accolades, and that "calm peace" you speak of actually transfers & permeates FB!! YOU are a BLESSING personified, and I'm sure your Waverly is right by your side smiling. LOVE YA and "Thank YOU"!!
Katherine Burns-Caldwell
I am absolutely humbled by receiving so many kind wishes on FB and via email and text, after I received a FAPA Gold Medal for FINDING HUMOR IN GRIEF. Since I can't have Waverly by my side, I feel a calm peace whenever I get to share our love story. Thank you all so much for loving me. All future orders of this book will have that shiny gold winner's seal on the cover, along with my personalized message and signature.
Dr. Ruth Baskerville
the author
Your story is healing, love and joy for the soul. Thank you for being who God called you to be.
Pastor Mary Pitts
Founder Business Women Inspirational Network
Certainly, I found Dr. Ruth's book "Finding Humor in Grief" inspiring, informative, illuminating, uplifting and hilarious. Congratulations, Dr. Ruth Baskerville for writing this helpful book and fascinating read. Hence, I've begun to read Dr. Ruth's second book, "Hoodless Klan." Best wishes for continued success.
Dr. Loretta Osakwe
Your book helped me get thought some real hard times. Not only for losing my Pebbles, but also some of my PTSD. U don't fully know how much you have been a blessing in my life and I thank God for you. May God always keep you blessed and his angels to continue to guide you on ur journey in life. I love you and r so proud to call u a friend. B Blessed.
Theresa Bornstein
former student
I'm enjoying reading your book so very much!! You write just like you talk; I feel like I'm having a conversation with you!! We have much to discuss because our lives really are very similar. God bless you!
Sonja Purdie Young
I can’t put down your book! It’s like eating popcorn – once you start, you can’t stop. I went through the things Dr. Ruth did, but she is fortunate enough to have the skills and passion to write it.
Norma Nindl
I really enjoyed your YouTube video. You’re so beautiful--inside and out. What a treasure for those in grief. You are a model for "creative recovery." Actually, I believe, you have created a brand new model for grief. Bless you. Love & admiration.
Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby Grant
There is laughter after pain and sun shine after the rain. Dr. Ruth’s book, Finding Humor in Grief will ignite the healing process after life’s tragedy and encourage you to laugh again. There is such a unique craft to Dr. Ruth’s writing! She pulls you into the experiences from the beginning to end. You will learn how to reflect on the good times and smile in the midst of the tough times. Finding Humor in Grief is a household book that all reader can relate to.
Dr. Loretta Faith Harris
Founder CH Publishing
I’m over half way through your book and have never laughed and cried so much in my life! What a beautiful reality you share…the most beautiful part of all is the love you shared with Waverly. How incredible!
Malessa Devlin
God is So Good, I was Blessed to spend the evening with one of the Most Amazing Queens on the Planet! Dr. Ruth Baskerville, I got to Thank Her for her Contribution In Making Me The Woman I Am...OHS Drama Class 75-78 built character and molded Lives...RIP Mr. Waverly Baskerville, thanks for sharing her with us, I know You are proud, She's Royal...Butterflies.
Marsha Snead-Williams
I enjoyed the book. It was so you and read like a love story in death. Based on your book, ‘you have come a long way, baby.’ Keep doing what you are doing and always remember Waverley is watching over you and walking by your side. He loved you so very much. You have found your calling in retirement.
Eileen Shafer
Deputy Superintendent, Paterson Public Schools
I felt as though we were sitting down together and you were sharing your most intimate thoughts as we laughed and cried together. It is truly a powerful book!
Dr. Margaret Timmons
retired Language Arts Specialist, friend
I'm having a tough time putting your book down. You and Waverly come to my mind daily. My heart hurt for you, yet I laugh with you so often while reading your book.
Angela D. Day
Friend
I completed your book, and I laughed and cried throughout the book. As an exercise "freak" I giggled throughout that chapter. But more than anything, I am so taken back by the many volunteer groups you are not only involved in but take tremendous responsibility for. You are such an inspiration!
Roz Cohen
retired administrator, friend
Well, I have to sit next to a box of tissues as I read your book. I alternate between tears because of poignant memories to tears of laughter. So good.
Gaye Johnson
retired educator, administrator, friend
My sweet friend, I couldn't put it down!!! I just finished FINDING HUMOR IN GRIEF a few minutes ago. I cried & laughed all the way through it with you. Thank you for sharing wonderful memories of your 'Darling Forever' with me! I love you, dear friend!
Elisabeth Rushing
friend and neighbor
I predict your book will be a comforting success. Why? Humor is a familiar ingredient in the human experience. To find some level of it during the grief period is uplifting. I always say, ‘Don't allow death to have the last word.’ Speak up and claim those wonderful, loving memories. If not, grief will dominate and you will deteriorate. Amen.
Dr. Gwendolyn Goldsby-Grant
Author, Therapist, Writer, Columnist
There’s a thin line between sadness and madness. Some call it humor. Finding Humor in Grief reminds us that the ultimate fragility of life does not have to be frailty’s defining moment. This book is an invitation to follow one Christian woman’s emotional journey as she discovers that laughter is key to the proverbial tunnel in which the light shines at the end. Dr. Baskerville’s heart-felt tribute to a love that endured half a century is tenderly transparent and readily relatable. The mirror she provides gives the reader opportunity to reflect, not on the morbidity of death, but on the beauty of life.
Alicia L. Lankford, MS, MBA
Sometimes, God puts us in the crucible of life to shape us for His glory. Dr. Ruth has gone through the pains of grieving, and come out as pure gold, ready to serve. God gets the glory from the relationship He formed in Heaven between Waverly Lee and Dr. Ruth Baskerville.
Reverend Michael Kimbrough
City of Life Ministries
“I was so caught up in your story that I read the whole thing in one sitting, engrossed. Your writing style is like resting in a comfy chair --- the words surrounded me, the images were so vibrant. WOW. I loved the way you weaved themes through the book, like a spider weaving a web from the center, going out to branch, back to the center, and then on to the next branch. You made me laugh ... and cry tonight.  THANK YOU!
Rev. Melinda Plumley, MDiv, BCC
Chaplain/Supervisor of Spiritual Care Department | Dr. Phillips Hospital
Dr. Ruth's book, Finding Humor in Grief was a very interesting but difficult book for me to read. After my Dad died there was little to laugh at. I found myself watching a lot of reality tv for the first time ever and as I think back I think it was because they had more problems then we did, or at least that is how it seemed. It is true that laughter brings back to you life after a deep loss and she pointed the way in a very gentle and compelling way. An excellent read.
Sherri Rabinowitz

Hoodless Klan

Welllllllll, I HAVE FINISHED YOUR INSPIRING BOOK and all I can say is " Thanks to God - you obeyed the Holy Spirit and walked away from such an 80% evil - spirited people and situation, and didn't try to fight "being right". The fight was not yours, you know. Even though you did many wonderful things for sooooo many people, many did not appreciate it. Just know that you were true to the truth and won ANYWAY. My heart went out to the "mislead" ones in prayer. As a believer, I truly pray that many, if not all of those underhanded souls repent. I hope you have forgiven them and that you are free in spirit.
Lillian Nails
retired teacher
I pity the entire “Pine Woods” school community for their shallow views and inability to embrace a principal that held the best interest of students and learning as the top priority. It is beyond comprehension that race and “creed” are issues in the 21st Century. Sadly enough, the ultimate losers are students who had so much to gain from a wise and experienced administrator. The selfish school community is a disgrace.
Karen Johnson
Principal, NJ
I laughed at Dr. Baskerville’s sense of humor while writing this book. I also cried, realizing that the main character was attacked, from the day she stepped foot in Pinewood Elementary doors, to her final exit. None would have guessed how many obstacles one person could face in a workplace. I'm sure many can relate to your story!
Anonymous Teacher
It's sad how, despite the gains made in our country, through the loss of blood and lives, ignorance and hatred rooted in skin color still infects so many people. This speaks volumes about the failure of our various institutions and our culture.
Joseph W. Jenkins, MBA
President Surry County African American Heritage Society of VA
I have not been able to put down The Hoodless Klan. The writing is wonderful; I can hear your voice coming through the pages. The "story" is unbelievable, but I believe every word. After about 50 pages, I thought, "This is not ‘vero similitud’; this is truth, and it really happened to Ruth. You have written a masterful piece of literature, albeit a memoir cloaked as a novel. I saw firsthand an unfortunate truth that runs as a ‘leit motif’ throughout The Hoodless Klan: good principals commit an inordinate amount of time, energy, thought, emotion, money, etc. to their schools, their staff, their students, and the parents, and only a few of the recipients recognize, appreciate, or acknowledge it.
RuthAnn Buchweitz
Education Specialist, Israel
A compelling story of faith and hope against overwhelming evil in a community unwilling to accept change. A must read!
Shiffra Perlmutter
Retired Educator
In 2012 it is most unfortunate that successful African American educators who want to make a difference for children, especially children of color, are still being treated like slaves on the plantation. What's the real agenda behind charter schools? Is it excellence for all, opportunities for some or the overall destruction of the public school system? ...hmmm.
Anonymous School and Central Office Administrator
I am glad that this book is out and that I have a copy. Ruth was a dynamic colleague at Orange High School, had a great husband, and a smiling daughter. Best Wishes with the book -- move on to the next one.
Philip Sheridan
Former Colleague, Retired Educator
Every school is its own metropolis with a unique culture and climate, which the general public seldom realizes. Sadly, Dr. Baskerville exposes that racism is alive and well in the hollowed halls of our educational institutions. A must read for a concerned public!
Elizabeth Leppert
Retired Educator, Curriculum Specialist
Reading Hoodless Klan, I am at times transported back to settings I know and experienced....and I get angry and sad as I "re-live" some experiences through Dr. Grace Middleton. Almost makes me want to get out of retirement and back into the fray! Someone had to write this book. Good for you, Ruth!
Charlotte Nindl Wellins
Transition Team, Paterson Public Schools, Organizational Development Specialist
So you thought you wanted to teach or be a school administrator? Well get the real ‘skinny’ from Grace Middleton. Hoodless Klan should be required reading for everyone wondering what goes on in schools these days!
Marshan Mason-Gainer
Educator, H.R. Director, Community Volunteer
This is a mesmerizing read. Scathing too, and very well written! Although the author writes about a specialized area, with all its nuances and political intrigues, she made it an easy read for those outside of education. Character descriptions leave little to the imagination. Could be a sequel?
Gaye Johnson, MSPS
Central Office Administrator
Dr. Grace Middleton had the necessary credentials for the job as a charter school principal, but how long could she survive where she was not wanted? Filled with great expectations, she had accepted the position only to find lying in wait, bigotry and racism. For four years she tried to fight what she called ‘white collar thugs,’ but could not win the battle. This story containing so much truth makes us weep. May this book stimulate courage in others, knowing Dr. Middleton is a survivor.
Dr. Juanita Patience Moss
NJ Colleague, Educator, Author, Griot
It is unfortunate that intelligent, articulate, passionate, African-American educators are prevented from doing what they have successfully done so well...raise the bar for all children. The children of color reach as high as all children should when taught and treated exactly the same. Excellence does not come from being treated otherwise.
Georgetta Merritt Campbell, Ed. D.
Author
Hoodless Klan will challenge your thinking about the limits of education law today as they intersect with the civil rights of students, teachers, administrators, and it will touch your heart too. A great read.
Sandra Dunn Robertson
Yale Law '88
HOODLESS CLAN provides a jaw dropping view into the good, the bad, and the ugly of a fictionalized American Charter School phenomenon through a powerfully astute administrative lens.
P. Jackson
Founder and Executive Director of Young Voices With New Visions
Educators…Hoodless Klan by Dr. Ruth L. Baskerville is a must read! The politics, privileges and personal attacks that often cyclone within a 180-day calendar school year could not have been better illustrated.
N.A Hargrett, M. Ed., M.S.
Professional School Counselor
HOODLESS KLAN is an easily read narrative. Great imagery and much attention to detail. It is a blueprint for the making of an ideal school/community relationship - complete with the termites for its eventual destruction, from foundation to infrastructure. Great fodder for book clubs, sororities and all persons & parties interested in the life blood of humanity - public education.
Harriet Steele
University Professor