Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sanity...
Dick Martin is perfectly at home recounting his childhood and family escapades, many of which would curl the hair of a daredevil. Yet, he is equally adept reporting the hope for the future he finds in the students he has mentored over a long career as a teacher. He is a wide-ranging and trenchant columnist whose observations run the gamut of life's experiences, and he is as skilled at writing with humor as he is with pathos. His subject is the world around him and his place in it, and he treats it with versatility and ample measures of irony and wonder. - Laurence J. Sasso, Jr., publisher Dick Martin's Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sanity offers the architecture of the columnist's craft from his over 30 years of writing in this form of journalism. Whether offering Yankee wisdom, Irish-American wit, portraits of community characters, or musings on his travels or life in New England, Martin's stories are as carefully sculpted as if they were intended to support and convey the weight of meaningful experience that arches over the passage between the 20th and 21st centuries. Read together or standing alone, Dick Martin collects his stories in Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Sanity as a pillar to post excursion, embarking from rural Rhode Island to regional and international destinations with a determination to open our eyes and show us the sights. -Mary Lee Partington, Artistic Director, PAF Pawtucket Arts Festival
- Paperback | 284 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 16.26mm | 494.41g
- 07 May 2015
- Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Dick Martin
Dick Martin is an award winning writer and teacher. He has worked for over 25 years as a professional writer for various magazines and newspapers. Martin has distinguished himself by earning major awards from the Rhode Island Press Association, and the New England Press Association as well as having been recognized for his writing by a variety of other organizations, including the National Education Association. His columns and stories have appeared in Your Smithfield Magazine, The Woonsocket Call, The Providence Journal, Providence Magazine, and The Observer, among other venues. He currently writes for The Smithfield Times Magazine. Martin is also an award winning high school English teacher. He has taught for a combined 40 years at both Burrillville High in Rhode Island and Killingly High in Connecticut. He has been honored twice as Teacher of the Year and his students have garnered a number of writing awards in both schools. He has appeared in the Who's Who Among America's Teachers numerous times and is a 1971 graduate of the University of Rhode Island. Martin grew up on a small farm in Glocester, Rhode Island and bases many of his stories on those experiences growing up in rural New England. Farm life is still close to his heart. He and his wife Dale have sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, guinea hens, and a horse and grow and can their own vegetables, make their own preserves and strongly believe in an organic approach to eating and life in general. They live on part of his own family's farm land where Dick grew up.