Today’s my 51st birthday!

If you have found me here it could be for a number of wildly different reasons, as my days have me involved in activities that many people might not put together.

  • I have been writing and editing books, articles, curricula and assessments since 1989.
  • I am a longtime practitioner of mindfulness and teach it in schools (and outside of them).
  • I am an ethical vegan (and mom to a delightful weegan).
  • I can regularly be seen walking and jogging with my rescue greyhound, Mr. Stanley.
  • And I am the Chief Operating Officer of a think tank for the financial services industry that explores the human dynamics of financial change. Yes, Mr. Stanley comes to the office with me.

Welcome, and feel free to contact me about any of the above at mary@marymartin.net.

Sprinkling Mindfulness

Decades of inquiry into the nature of my own mind through meditation provided me with an endless stream of inner conversations about thought, meaning, and the ability to cultivate states of attention and compassion.

When I became a first-time (only-time) parent at the tender age of 43, I wanted my daughter to eventually be able to train her own mind and understand the nature of her subjective experience.

After learning how to introduce mindfulness to children by reading books, taking virtual trainings (including Dr. Amy Saltzman’s Still Quiet Place), I began formal training with Mindful Schools in 2013 and in 2017 became certified (here‘s my page in the Certified Instructor Directory). This provides me with a solid structure for the delivery of mindfulness to children, and to help parents, teachers, and other stakeholders understand what it is and what it isn’t.

My intention is to sprinkle mindfulness wherever I go, and when I notice an opening–some receptivity–I gently move toward it and offer whatever the situation might benefit from. I am fortunate to live in a place that has a variety of resources (including Jupiter Medical Center‘s wonderful Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program), which makes it easy to point interested people in a helpful direction if I’m not the best person for them to speak to.

If you are a parent or teacher or community stakeholder who would like to see what mindfulness looks like in the classroom, feel free to contact me at mary@marymartin.net and put mindfulness in the subject line.

Thank you.


Making books happen since 1989.

Back in the day, the ghostwriting and developmental editing of nonfiction books was a different universe than it is today. Technology brought the Internet, ebooks, blogs, websites, and the democratization of information (more or less).

For several decades, I wrote and edited nonfiction books–the kind that involved large advances and first came out in hard cover (after over a year from the date of submission) and were accompanied by a several-month campaign to get them a coveted spot on a bestseller list.

Though I’m sure that scenario is still a reality for some writers (particularly those who are franchises), both authors and audiences simply no longer want to wait that long for their next book to hit the market. And some parts of the audience don’t even want to buy physical books anymore.

The way I make books happen now is by developing ebooks, and I’m fine with that. I’m happy to speak with anyone who wants to write a nonfiction book about how exactly one goes about doing such a thing. There’s no right way, but there’s a best way for each author, and I’m pretty good at figuring out what that best way is after nearly 30 years of doing the work.

Feel free to contact me at mary@marymartin.net and put writing in the subject line.

Thank you!

Baking vegan goodies.

I’m an ethical vegan. That means I don’t use animals if I can avoid it, and I usually can.

I like to say that I don’t want to kill anyone unless I absolutely have to.

Any vegan–and certainly any vegan parent–knows that a major hurdle for non-vegans is simply that they haven’t experienced food that doesn’t contain animals, and they can’t imagine it would be tasty. Meanwhile, we vegans don’t consider animals as food. Clearly, there’s a gap to be bridged.

We vegans tend to use food as the bridge. Not low-fat, gluten-free, sugar-free food, but food that is accessible to them and that even looks like the “food” they are used to. All of the food here was made by me, usually for my daughter to take to some sort of function that would involve entirely non-vegan food.

I blogged, daily, for years, about veganism, TNR (trap, neuter, release of feral cats)  and vegan parenting, at Animal Person. My position evolved dramatically during those years, from the belief that there’s such a thing as humane animal products, to realizing that there’s no humane way to kill someone who doesn’t want to die. Plus, I got caught up in a few dramas along the way and I’m not proud of that. But, that’s what happened!

For the purposes of this space, my intention is to help anyone interested in going vegan or helping someone else go vegan or vegan parenting (including dealing with schools and parties and play dates). Again, I am an ethical vegan, and I have no interest in discussing nutrition, “welfare,” or whether the existence of our canine teeth means anything. I am an environmentalist, as well, and the most important thing we can do to combat climate change is to adopt a plant-based diet (and to stop buying stuff, but I digress).

If you feel like my experience might be helpful to you, feel free to contact me at mary@marymartin.net, and put veganism in the subject line. Vegans, and particularly vegan parents, need all the support we can get.

Thank you!