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Alice Lee Martin (Aley Martin)

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Aley Martin grew up in New England and has lived in eleven states. She has two grown children and three dogs. Aley loves teaching and writing and teaches literature and humanities at three different academic institutions.

As a self-described spiritual "mutt",  Aley embraces humanism, Buddhism and Native American philosophies.Her favorite time periods are the Enlightenment and Victorian Ages. 

She loves the concept of flanerie and spends as much time sauntering sans a turtle for company! Charles Baudelaire knew of which he wrote!

With a love of travel Aley would spend at least 4 months out of the year aboard her RV, but  duty calls. Humor is key to her existence and her favorite improv guy is her son, Alex. Her daughter Kate and she love blogging and are appointed wordsmiths and curiosity mongers.

Aley loves hard back and soft back books but is willing to read books on her Kindle, expecially when traveling. Board games bring her joy: Scrabble, Majjhonng and the Game of Life are a few favorites.

She is a liberally minded woman and a spiritually invested part of the whole. She prefers her status as a Global Citizen,  as she is not "attached" to any place therefore is comfortable in all places. There are however a few geographic places she actually abhors, (but is reluctant to insult anyone who might live there).

If there was such a thing as reincarnation, she knows she has been a man more times than a woman, as she feels totally balanced in her male and female energies. Her spouse also is balanced thus, making them a completely well rounded duo.

If Glenn Miller music is playing on the radio, you can bet her parents are sending her a message, and her big brother Don introduced her to Joseph Campbell's works and it changed her life.

If there was ever any advice Aley would give solicited or otherwise, it would be to have the courage to think for yourself and to keep educating yourself throughout your entire lifetime, this leads to the last momentous adage: "Know Thyself".

As a writer, I admonish other writers:  

 Not to write just to "make money".( Even excellent writers only make about $14, 000 a year writing.) Have you been in a bookstore recently? EVERYONE thinks they can write! And they should do it IF THEY LOVE IT! 

Write because you must!

Write to enjoy yourself, write to be free....! Enjoy the hell out of it!

As with all things, if it is right, the money will come...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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    Crash and Identity

    2 years ago

    The author examines identity in the movie CRASH

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    View of disability in "What's Eating Gilbert Grape?"

    3 years ago

    Disability is the focus of the 1993 movie “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape”. This is an older movie I had never seen before and it was an eye opening look at disability in all forms and manifestations....

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    An EPIDEMIC! Improper use of words!

    3 years ago

    The author is incensed by the lack of proper word use in society!

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    Absurdism and "The Stranger" by Albert Camus

    4 years ago

    Albert Camus was a contemporary writer who lived in French Algeria during the 1940's. His philosophy, which was an extension of the philosophy of existentialism, explored the seemingly random meaninglessness of...

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    Should people take a test before they Have Children?

    4 years ago

    It is not hard to notice that most people who have a large number of children seem to be poorer and largely uneducated. Although birth control is available to everyone, via planned parenthood and/or classes in school...

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    Charlotte Corday: Heroic Killer Of Marat

    4 years ago

    The bloody French Revolution was one of the worst reigns of terror ever suffered by the French and Jacobian leader Jean-Paul Marat was partially responsible for its inception. You have probably seen John Louis David's...

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    Minds are Like Parachutes

    4 years ago

    We all come to this earth a blank slate. We have our heredity and environment shape who we are and our opinions and beliefs are molded by what surround us. Many of us will never change their opinion about anything, and...

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    World Literature: Life -Lessons Through Story

    3 years ago

    World Literature, according to this author, is vastly under-rated and absolutely vital to a well rounded liberal arts education.

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    "The only real wisdom is knowing you know nothing" Socrates

    4 years ago

    The author examines the words of one of her heroes: "Socrates" and our modern society.

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    Herbal Treatment for Dogs with Cancer

    4 months ago

    The author shares her experience with alternative therapies that allowed her beloved pet to live 2.5 years longer than her diagnosis for bladder cancer.

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    A Modern Day Flâneur

    5 years ago

    Commenting on one of her favorite topics, the author brings in the "Fathers" of the idea of flanerie, or urban strolling.

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    Creative Flow in Robert Frost's Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.

    3 years ago

    Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi, the man who first discussed the idea of the creative state of flow is examined with relationship to Robert Frosts poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening". Of note, the authors...

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    Spiritual Paradox

    2 years ago

    Paradox expresses truth and at the same time expresses contradiction. Deep connected thought is necessary to sort the truth.

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    Duality and Contradiction in Citizen Kane

    5 years ago

    It is ironic that Orson Welles, an indisputable auteur and master of formalism created his crowning masterpiece “Citizen Kane” at age 24 years old. His ability to reproduce reality in various manners gives...

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    Old Fashioned Letter Writing

    3 years ago

    The author remembers and relishes the idea of a hand penned letter sent bu its author and received and read by its recipient.

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