Praising The Sons of Martha

We have decided to create a special place on this site to give public praise to all of those that either work behind the scenes to improve the stories that you enjoy (editors, proofreaders), or thru their efforts help the ASS community.

The name "Sons of Martha" was suggested by Father Ignatius, based on a biblical quote (below) and a poem by Rudyard Kipling (right), both quoted on this page of Father Ignatius' site as well.

Denny Wheeler:

Proofreader, ASSM moderator and a lot of other stuff he does. He's human but still manages to put together a pretty class act in spite of it all. - Stasya T. Canine

Denny is the editor for more authors than any other person I'm aware of. He also acts as a moderator for assm and contributes greatly to the interplay on ass.d. He's kept me writing for the last two years even when I thought I should give it up. - Katie McN


Desdmona saw a need for a structured writing discussion vehicle; she listened to input; she co-opted assistance and created the Fish Tank.
With over twenty stories having passed behind the glass, the Fish Tank stands as one of the best contributions for honing writing skills and sharing tips in the ASSD community. As hostess, Des deserves kudos and recognition as a "Son" of Martha. Gary Jordan

Gary Jordan

Gary started out as a devoted fan to assm/asstr writers in general. He took the "blow job" principle to heart and encouraged others through his public praise of stories and writers he found enjoyable. He quickly joined their ranks as a writer but continued in his responsibility as public assm cheerleader. He then went several steps further and offered his services as a website designer, creator, and maintainer for many ASSTR writers. As if that weren't enough, he now runs the monthly silver clit nominations and awards. Thankless jobs, all of them.
So, thank you, Gary. A true Son of Martha. She must be very proud. - Alexis


Lazeez has operated the StoriesOnline web site at his own expense for years, allowing yet another place for the members of the ASS* communities to display their work. In my case, he made valuable suggestions to the web page design to allow a broader readership. - Gary Jordan


We so rarely hear from the "other" ASSTR Admin, since Rey del Sexo is the spokesman for ASSTR, that he tends to be forgotten. But whenever Rey talks about taking a trip, he mentions travelling with Mike. So, for all you do, Mr. Behind the Scenes Admin of an Internet Pornography Website, this Bud's for you! Thanks, Mike! You're a Son of Martha, too. - Gary Jordan

Rey del Sexo:

He's worked tirelessly to keep ASSTR going - and now also keeps ASSM going. - Denny

Rui Jorge:

Rui has created numerous web pages, ran the Golden Clitoride nominations and in general is an all around good guy. Thanks for all you do, Rui. - Jack of all Trades

Building websites (for this and for authors), constantly finding links for folks, generally working hard. He's clearly a true Son of Martha. - Denny


Ruthie is my editor and friend. She diligently works behind the scenes to make my stories as good as they can possibly be. She does the same for 'DrSpin', E.Z. Riter, and Mr. Slot. - Jack of all Trades

Simon bar Sinister:

Tireless and kind supervision of the EMCSA, where every kind of quixotic mind control erotica (good and bad) is given a home. - kitasha ito

For his tireless work in maintaining the Erotic Mind Control Stories Archive, Simon deserves to be recognized. He doesn't draw attention to himself, but Simon handles every aspect of the archive with the utmost in professionalism, style, and good old-fashioned class. Because of that, his archive is a welcoming, comforting haven for the MC community. - Wiseguy

The Sons of Martha

by Rudyard Kipling

The Sons of Mary seldom bother,
for they have inherited that good part;

But the Sons of Martha favour their Mother
of the careful soul and the troubled heart.

And because she lost her temper once,
and because she was rude to the Lord her Guest,

Her Sons must wait upon Mary's Sons,
world without end, reprieve, or rest.

It is their care in all the ages
to take the buffet and cushion the shock.

It is their care that the gear engages;
it is their care that the switches lock.

It is their care that the wheels run truly;
it is their care to embark and entrain,

Tally, transport, and deliver duly
the Sons of Mary by land and main.

They say to mountains "Be ye remov'd."
They say to the lesser floods "Be dry.";

Under their rods are the rocks reprov'd-
they are not afraid of that which is high.

Then do the hill-tops shake to the summit-
then is the bed of the deep laid bare,

That the Sons of Mary may overcome it,
pleasantly sleeping and unaware.

They finger Death at their gloves' end
where they piece and repiece the living wires.

He rears against the gates they tend:
they feed him hungry behind their fires.

Early at dawn, ere men see clear,
they stumble into his terrible stall,

And hale him forth like a haltered steer,
and goad and turn him till evenfall.

To these from birth is Belief forbidden;
from these till death is Relief afar.

They are concerned with matters hidden-
under the earthline their altars are-

The secret fountains to follow up,
waters withdrawn to restore to the mouth,

And gather the floods as in a cup,
and pour them again at a city's drouth.

They do not preach that their God will rouse them
a little before the nuts work loose.

They do not preach that His Pity allows them
to drop their job when they damn-well choose.

As in the thronged and the lighted ways,
so in the dark and the desert they stand,

Wary and watchful all their days
that their brethren's ways may be long in the land.

Raise ye the stone or cleave the wood
to make a path more fair or flat;

Lo, it is black already with the blood
some Son of Martha spilled for that!

Not as a ladder from earth to Heaven,
not as a witness to any creed,

But simple service simply given
to his own kind in their common need.

And the Sons of Mary smile and are bless'd-
they know the Angels are on their side.

They know in them is the Grace confess'd,
and for them are the Mercies multiplied.

They sit at the feet-they hear the Word-
they see how truly the Promise runs.

They have cast their burden upon the Lord,
and-the Lord He lays it on Martha's Sons!

The Gospel According to Luke,
Chapter 10, Verses 38 - 42

  1. Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.

  2. And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.

  3. But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.

  4. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

  5. But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.