An Abridged Collection of Memories and Indignities to My Pride, by the “Real James Bond”
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No More Lies details the life and struggles of Dr. Ayla Schbley from his own perspective. Despite the verbose and ornate writing style, Dr. Schbley manages to pack his autobiography with meaningful action. As you progress through No More Lies it becomes apparent that Dr. Schbley is detailing a life that most could never imagine to be real. No More Lies is one of the most believable works to portray the sanguine activities of a modern day James Bond story. This post humus work has been completed by Dr. Schbley’s wife: Dr. Bassima Schbley. Ayla Schbley is survived by his wife Bassima and his two sons Sean and Oliver.

I have always referred to Ayla as the “real James Bond” as he had all the traits, special skills/talents, training, courage, smarts, and physical capabilities of such a movie hero as James Bond was. But Ayla was for real and Bond was not.

Don Stone
Special Agent (Retired)
United States Drug Enforcement Administration
My grandmother did not object to my sixty-year-old father’s marriage to her sixteen-year-old daughter, for my grandmother had never stopped loving him. My grandfather, overwhelmed by my grandmother’s affections, my father’s wealth, and Lebanon’s deplorable post–World War II economic recession and outlook, did not contest my parents’ union, which was consummated April 1, 1952. However, he became the first victim of this marriage. Shortly after the union, due to his inability to absolve himself from allowing his teenage daughter to marry his wife’s former lover, he plunged to his death in the Mediterranean Sea.

January 12, 1953, marked the birth of my parents’ first child, my brother Saeed, followed by mine two years later on March 20, 1955. Hastened by emphysema, my father’s death occurred on June 12, 1956. Unlike the prior two events, his death was expected by all, for his lungs had long been blackened by Ohio’s coal.

My father’s death not only was expected, but also, unfortunately, was hoped for by his opportunistic cousins. My great-grandfather had had two children as well, my grandfather and his brother, who had four children, my father’s four cousins.

In 1932 Lebanon’s only census was taken, and the Lebanese citizenship of all those who were outside its territory was not registered or established. My ailing father’s four cousins had convinced him, upon his return from the new world and before his marriage, to register all of his investments in their names because Lebanese law restricts corporate and real estate ownership to its registered citizenry. After his marriage, they persuaded him to maintain his properties in their trust until my mother’s adulthood.

Bassima Schbley, MSW, Ph.D., was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She is the mother of two children, Sean and Oliver. Dr. Schbley joined the Social Work Department at Washburn University after serving as a visiting assistant professor of Social Work at Wichita State University. Dr. Schbley was the first director of the GoZones! program at Inter-Faith Ministries in Wichita, an after-school program for children living in at-risk neighborhoods. She was also the VISTA supervisor at Communities In Schools (CIS), which connects students in schools with community resources and helps students successfully learn and prepare for life. Bassima holds masters' degrees in Gerontology and Social Work, and her undergraduate degree is in social work. Bassima received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Utah.

Dr. Schbley is a member of the Governor's Executive Committee on the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and a 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army Reserve. She is also the Vice President, Phi Beta Delta, honor society for international scholars and international faculty members. Her scholarly and research interests include women's and children's issues. She has made four international, four national/regional, and 50 state/local professional presentations in the past five years.

Dr. Schbley provides workshops to foster parents and staff at The Farm, Inc. (TFI). The workshops include how to care for children with PTSD, children in foster care, suicide prevention, and family-centered and culturally competent care. TFI Family Services, Inc., is a private, nonprofit organization that is dedicated to doing what makes sense for children and families through a diverse range of behavioral healthcare, child welfare and community-based services.

Some of Dr. Schbley's publications include:

Socioeconomic factors in hormone replacement therapy. Journal of Women and Aging, 21.

Schbley, B. (2008). Women and civil rights: Religious authority and female oppression. Saarbrucken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Muller. (Reprint of Attitudes toward women in religious resurgency: The effects of Islamic resurgence on Muslim Lebanese women's freedom. Doctoral dissertation, University of Utah, 2004).

Schbley, B., & Kaufman, M. (2006/07). Social work practice with Arab Muslim women living in Western societies. Journal of Practice Teaching & Learning, 7, 25-38.

Dr. Schbley just completed a quantitative study (Attitudes Toward Lebanese Women in Religious Resurgence: A study of 284 university students). She is hoping to publish it in The Journal of Religion and Politics. In addition, she reviews various books for the Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic. Dr. Schbley's life goal is to change lives through her teaching and her practice of social work in the community.


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