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Nonfiction

No Vacancy

No Vacancy is a collection of humorous personal essays. Each essay is independent of each other, but together the collection weaves an autobiographical tapestry, at times sad, bizarre, and deeply personal. No skeleton in her closet is safe.

Lisa tackles subjects including grand conspiracies, generation gaps, memory loss, aging, nostalgia, modern technology, Corporate America, airline industry, affairs, addiction, unorthodox relationships, male species, and female anatomy, to name just a few.

Feminist Flicker - Decoding Sexism In Movies

Meet The Feminist Flicker. She may not have any super-cool gadgets, and she may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound - but, she can decode even the subtlest sexism in any given movie, with her Feminist Flicker-Vision.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that sexism in society is supported and promoted by sexism in the media - especially movies. Indeed, even the most beloved of films can sometimes be unmasked as a hive of insidious misogynist messages. 

But fret not, dear reader. Just as Morpheus revealed the nature of the Matrix to Neo, so The Feminist Flicker is on hand to expose the truth to you - by decoding sexism in movies, one film at a time.

Don't Forget to Write

What happens when life doesn't go as planned? What happens when you have more questions than answers? What happens when you realize you'll never have everything figured out?  Don't Forget to Write examines these adventures into adulthood including high school graduation, college memories, losing her job, love, life and loss. Sarah shares her collection of essays written from personal experience.

Love is a Location

A series of essays and journal entries on how to live authentically, with boldness and confidence, in any and every situation. 

 

 

The Upward Journey of a Betrayed Wife

Betrayal.

No one ever thinks it will happen to them. I certainly never did. But suddenly it's there like an ugly throbbing sore hidden under a loose bandage and you wonder if you'll ever feel normal again. 

Guess what? You will. No, really...you will. But it will be your new normal and you will decide exactly what that looks like. 

Want to know how? Follow my upward journey. I'm still sorting out my new normal. The only thing I know for sure is I will survive because going backwards is not an option. 

Go forward with me and let's do it together.

The Domesticated Poet

A behind the curtain look at life for this poet/Stay at home mom. Join me as I discover what it takes to balance the two as well as break the sterotypes that go along with both. 

It'll Feel Better when it Quits Hurting

Many years ago my friends and I would sit around and play what we called "Jerry Springer: the Home Game". The object of the game was to see how many upcoming shows we qualified for, with the story to support our claim, and whoever had the most at the end of the program won. I was the reigning champion. This book started off as just a lighthearted collection of anecdotes, stories shared with friends over the years to both the horror and delight of my audience. But as I began to write I realized that the humor of my life comes not from the light moments, but the dark, and without those moments being included much of the humor would be lost without that context. This book is a bit darker than I initially intended, but I hope that while reading this I can make you smile, even on occasion laugh out loud at the ridiculousness of the situations I have found myself in over the years, and that you, like me, can find the humor in all the dark places. I do not believe I have any wisdom to share in this telling, nor is it even an inspirational tale of achievement by overcoming adversity, it is simply my life that I have survived. For better or for worse, this is the mostly true, fairly accurate, and almost completely factual account of my life. Some liberties have been taken to protect the somewhat innocent and a few small embellishments were made for the sake of a good story.

Lines in the Gravel

Lines in the Gravel is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth's experiences growing up in rural Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

Stories from the Roller Coaster

Al Ainsworth graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration. His career plan was to coach baseball at one high school for 40 years, win multiple state championships, and impact generations of young men. His family plan was to marry at age 22, begin a family at age 25, and complete that family by age 30.

Over 25 years into his life plan, he can look back on a coaching career that lasted just 13 years at three different schools. A subsequent career in pastoral ministry lasted eight years before giving way to his current endeavors as a teacher of learning disabled students and as a writer, speaker, and legacy builder. In between he has done everything from lawn care and landscaping to paper routes, membership sales, tool sales (for a week), glass installation, and even a couple of years as actuarial analyst.

And that family plan? Age 22 came and went without so much as a date. In his own words, he was an "idiot" when it came to his courtship of his future wife. Three children later--with a couple of twists and turns--they continue a counter-intuitive faith ride in Hernando, Mississippi.

This is their story.

Bittersweet Memories

I have always been one to write things down so I won't forget them.  The same goes for memories.  As time passes, we forget so much of our lives, especially with those we are close to and love.  So, I decided to put those memories to paper, and someday, when I do forget, it will be written down.  I can revisit those times and somehow be with that person again for a little while.

Extreme Esteem

"Think of it as your weekly pick-me-up, with no caffeine added. Each week, Murray will provide thoughtful and practical insights and advice to help build your self-esteem and uncover your true potential."

Fine Lines and Ambiguities

How do we form our identities as we grow from children, to young adults, to new adults? What does it mean to grow up in America the child of two immigrants? To have one foot in two cultures, belonging to neither? How do you understand your place in the world with a sibling with a chronic disorder? How do you build a life around childhood, adolescent, and adult mental health issues? I'm attempting to answer those questions through my story, because you've got that story, too.

Series artwork is done by Emmy Colon: www.midnightingart.com. She's the bomb dot com.

A Parisian Point of View

For the next two months, I will be visiting Paris for my eleventh summer.  While there, I write a daily blog for my web site at lindaspalla.com.  BUT this year, I will also be doing a column several times a week called "A Parisian Point of View."  Life is unique in Paris, and I will share tidbits of Parisian personality and culture.  My ideas will come as we live out our days in this glorious city amid its people, places and priceless treasures.  I hope you will come along and experience Paris through our eyes.  My travel companion is Bernie, a native Parisian turned American.  He's the love of my life and captures Paris in exquisite photographs.  I write; he shoots and together we'll intice you to fall in  love with Paris as we have!

"The Intruder"

I've been newly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which I call "The Intruder," and am trying to come back to God.  Join me on my journey through pain, understanding, clarity, and maybe, some answers, but definitely a time of self-discovery for me...and maybe you, too.  

The Misadventured Piteous Overthrows of a Self-Taught Lit Snob

Unpublished novelist, picky reader, Shakespeare-obsessed movie addict moans for the company of other writers, groups, guilds, readers, listeners, on-lookers, acquaintances, or random strangers. Will also accept a small, intimate gathering of stuffed animals around a tiny tea table for commiseration.

Or, just read the scathing, potentially humorous rantings.

Just a writer writing about writers...writing. And some other stuff in there somewhere.

Caution: I use adult language. While I loathe excessive and gratuitous cursing and sexual situations in writing, I talk like a sailor in real life. I will try to do my best to keep it tastefully direct. Try.

Musings of a Champagne Addict

Join me the first and third Friday of every month for the unfiltered ramblings of a flawed, single woman trying to make it as a romance author.

Wine Comes in Six-Packs

“Looking back at the wreckage of my relationships, they have one common denominator… me.”

Mistakes were made.

A lot of mistakes.

Head shaking, stomach clenching, eye-rolling, awe-inspiring mistakes were made.

What could possibly have made you think this relationship was a good idea???

Mistakes.

Author, Lisa Orban is ready once more to share her triumphs, tragedies and hysterical misadventures in her eagerly anticipated second book Wine Comes in Six-Packs. Although her life is an emotional roller coaster of ups, down, twists and turns, she manages to keep the reigns steady on chaos and retains balance between tragedy and hilarity throughout her tales. Through her reminiscences of circumstance and consequence, she shares with us her inner strength in her continuing quest to find love, and happiness, on her own terms. Sweeping you through another twenty years in this episodic tale of misadventure, she invites us to both laugh with her, and at her, as she stumbles through life, and relationships, forever hopeful…

Stop the Truck, I See a Picture

Most Americans think of two things when they hear Nebraska: corn and cows. I want to be offended, but both corn and cows outnumber Nebraskans, so you win; however, I think there is more to Nebraska than our main exports. This series will explore a favorite pastime of rural Nebraskans, which is dirt-road driving. What is it? What’s the thinking behind it? What exactly does one do on a dirt-road drive? Of course, it’s just driving on dirt roads, but digging deeper, this series will examine the philosophy behind the drives. I’ve laughed until my stomach’s hurt. I’ve cried until my checks were chapped. I’ve yelled until my lungs were sore. These rides are full of deep conversations and earnest introspection. We rednecks ponder the same questions you do. Why are we here? Why does God let bad things happen to good people? Is God real? We do all of this while eating Slim Jims, drinking sodas, and listening to sport’s games.

The Final Round

Billy Miske had a loving family, fame, fortune and he was on a fast track to becoming the heavyweight-boxing champion of the world. He stood toe to toe with Jack Dempsey, battled seedy managers and crooked promoters. Yet, despite his grit and reputation as one of the toughest fighters in the game, there was one opponent he could not beat no matter how hard he fought. 

Based on the incredible inspiring true story of one of the greatest prizefighters of the early 20th century, The Final Round takes you back to a time when family, sacrifice, pride and love drove a man to the ultimate fight of his life.

Making News

For more than 15 years I’ve been exploring the Berkshires as a writer and a journalist. While the world of news has changed rapidly, I’ve tramped the hills with a reporter’s notebook and talked with people. Community journalism is at risk, and some say it’s endangered. Let me tell you what it’s like, while it still exists. 

I’ve talked with many kinds of people, from Chinese artists to mill workers, a rabbi immersed in Passover and women celebrating Easter hundreds of miles from their native towns in Central America. This part of Western Massachusetts has a rare combination of real country and intellectual richness — in these open ridges, so far west that most of Massachusetts forgets we’re here, we have the most diverse set of people in the state outside Boston.

Here I will share some of the stories I’ve heard and the experience of finding them. Come with me inside the newsroom and into artist studios, theater rehearsal rooms, museums, farmyards and woods.  

I’ve learned that good conversation is a craft; it improves with practice, and at its best it’s a natural high. And I have gotten to know this place, from wood-fired kilns to Quebeçois reels to new-laid eggs. Let me tell you about it. 

Alaskan Sourdough Starter: The Mother Sponge

Alaska officially became the 49th state in 1959, before that it was a territory, a wild place, the Last Frontier, and the men and women who lived there prior to statehood are the main characters of Sourdough Starter. Their unique stories and adventures are a window into a world of everyday experiences seldom told until now. If you are curious about life in the Last Frontier, this is the book for you. 

                                                                                                                             These stories are transcribed from interviews with 27 men and woman from all walks of life, native and non-native, that were published in the states largest newspaper, the "Anchorage Daily News". Sourdough Starter is the kind of book you have always been looking for. It's like sitting at the kitchen table, having a cup of coffee or tea, with the men and women of Alaska personally telling you their stories. It's about genuine lives, true stories, and actual people, sharing with you, how life was and is in the 49th state.

 

                                               

Monster on the 7th

Monster on the 7th is a collection of poetry that was gathered up from my memories as a child into my adulthood.

Growing up there was my mother and father, my brother and myself along with vodka and valium, dead cats, razor blades, psych wards, and a picnic basket full of emotional problems for the four of us.

In this collection I touch on everthing from Anxiety and Depression, Love, Death, Religion and Addiction.

Whether some of these memories are dark, funny, sad or disturbing, they are the stories that shaped my life and made me who I am today.

(Nothing here is fabricated) Enjoy...

Positive Pet Parenting Solutions for your Pooch: A one stop weekly guide when looking for answers.

My weekly column offers educational, insightful, and informative guidance to help you choose the right dog, and learn everything about the early years, through old age. Packed with practical tips and techniques – including information on:

Socializing the adult dog

Preparing for puppy

Tips to help your dog live longer

Caring for your senior dog

Coping with pet loss

End your dog’s nuisance barking now

Whether you choose an adult dog or a puppy, adopt a mixed breed from a shelter, or whether you feed your dog a raw food diet or the best commercial food you can find, there are decisions to make and precautions to take.

 It’s a one stop guide when looking for answers.

Daily Poetry Changes Lives

Every day in every year, something happens, however small.  Less often, world-changing moments like the Battle of Waterloo come along.  But whatever has happened, history is nothing if we do not learn from it.

How we view the past is largely a matter of choice; for some, historic fact and accuracy is everything. For me, the poetic way has always been preferable. Despite the almost inevitable distortions that poetic licence brings, the inspiration that poetry provides has always made up for that.  I would never have bothered with the Hundred Years War if I had not read Shakespeare’s Henry V.

A book like this brings a touch of discipline and routine into the day. We might need to remind ourselves what day of the month it is anyway, but linking the date to an actual past event adds, I hope, a little extra spice. We open our minds to visualise the named event and we may then like to contemplate the poem that follows which is, however tenuously, linked in some way. Hopefully the poem brings colour and inspiration to what might otherwise be a mere statement of facts. Having received the information for the day and visualised, with the help of a poem, its emotional aspects, we then have the chance to ponder its relevance to ourselves, through the concluding lines of reflection. Thus the battle of Waterloo is described as an event, given colour by Byron’s famous poem ‘The Eve of Waterloo’, and related to ourselves with the reminder that a spiritual dimension can help us deal with life’s great problems.

Follow Chris on Twitter @LivesPoetry

 

Of Elegance and Quintessence

Poems from my most recent book focusing on societal issues and the beauty behind the darkest corners.

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



No Vacancy is a collection of humorous personal essays. Each essay is independent of each other, but together the collection weaves an autobiographical tapestry, at times sad, bizarre, and deeply personal. No skeleton in her closet is safe.

Lisa tackles subjects including grand conspiracies, generation gaps, memory loss, aging, nostalgia, modern technology, Corporate America, airline...View Series



Meet The Feminist Flicker. She may not have any super-cool gadgets, and she may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound - but, she can decode even the subtlest sexism in any given movie, with her Feminist Flicker-Vision.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that sexism in society is supported and promoted by sexism in the media - especially movies. Indeed, even the most...View Series



What happens when life doesn't go as planned? What happens when you have more questions than answers? What happens when you realize you'll never have everything figured out?  Don't Forget to Write examines these adventures into adulthood including high school graduation, college memories, losing her job, love, life and loss. Sarah shares her collection of essays...View Series


A series of essays and journal entries on how to live authentically, with boldness and confidence, in any and every situation. 

 

 

 View Series


Betrayal.

No one ever thinks it will happen to them. I certainly never did. But suddenly it's there like an ugly throbbing sore hidden under a loose bandage and you wonder if you'll ever feel normal again. 

Guess what? You will. No, really...you will. But it will be your new normal and you will decide exactly what that looks like. 

Want...View Series



A behind the curtain look at life for this poet/Stay at home mom. Join me as I discover what it takes to balance the two as well as break the sterotypes that go along with both. 

 View Series


Many years ago my friends and I would sit around and play what we called "Jerry Springer: the Home Game". The object of the game was to see how many upcoming shows we qualified for, with the story to support our claim, and whoever had the most at the end of the program won. I was the reigning champion. This book started off as just a lighthearted collection of anecdotes, stories shared with friends...View Series


Lines in the Gravel is an engaging, often humorous, series of snapshots about Al Ainsworth's experiences growing up in rural Star, Mississippi. It is one story—told by a collection of stories—of family and faith that transcends his own experience to connect with others who seek to perpetuate their own values through the stories they tell…and re-tell.

 View Series


Al Ainsworth graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a degree in Coaching and Sports Administration. His career plan was to coach baseball at one high school for 40 years, win multiple state championships, and impact generations of young men. His family plan was to marry at age 22, begin a family at age 25, and complete that family by age 30.

Over 25 years into his life plan,...View Series





"Think of it as your weekly pick-me-up, with no caffeine added. Each week, Murray will provide thoughtful and practical insights and advice to help build your self-esteem and uncover your true potential."

 View Series


How do we form our identities as we grow from children, to young adults, to new adults? What does it mean to grow up in America the child of two immigrants? To have one foot in two cultures, belonging to neither? How do you understand your place in the world with a sibling with a chronic disorder? How do you build a life around childhood, adolescent, and adult mental health issues? I'm...View Series


For the next two months, I will be visiting Paris for my eleventh summer.  While there, I write a daily blog for my web site at lindaspalla.com.  BUT this year, I will also be doing a column several times a week called "A Parisian Point of View."  Life is unique in Paris, and I will share tidbits of Parisian personality and culture.  My ideas will come as we live out our days...View Series


I've been newly diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, which I call "The Intruder," and am trying to come back to God.  Join me on my journey through pain, understanding, clarity, and maybe, some answers, but definitely a time of self-discovery for me...and maybe you, too.  

 View Series


Unpublished novelist, picky reader, Shakespeare-obsessed movie addict moans for the company of other writers, groups, guilds, readers, listeners, on-lookers, acquaintances, or random strangers. Will also accept a small, intimate gathering of stuffed animals around a tiny tea table for commiseration.

Or, just read the scathing, potentially humorous rantings.

Just a writer writing about...View Series



Join me the first and third Friday of every month for the unfiltered ramblings of a flawed, single woman trying to make it as a romance author.

 View Series


“Looking back at the wreckage of my relationships, they have one common denominator… me.”

Mistakes were made.

A lot of mistakes.

Head shaking, stomach clenching, eye-rolling, awe-inspiring mistakes were made.

What could possibly have made you think this relationship was a good idea???

Mistakes.

Author, Lisa Orban is...View Series



Most Americans think of two things when they hear Nebraska: corn and cows. I want to be offended, but both corn and cows outnumber Nebraskans, so you win; however, I think there is more to Nebraska than our main exports. This series will explore a favorite pastime of rural Nebraskans, which is dirt-road driving. What is it? What’s the thinking behind it? What exactly does one do on a dirt-road drive?...View Series


Billy Miske had a loving family, fame, fortune and he was on a fast track to becoming the heavyweight-boxing champion of the world. He stood toe to toe with Jack Dempsey, battled seedy managers and crooked promoters. Yet, despite his grit and reputation as one of the toughest fighters in the game, there was one opponent he could not beat no matter how hard he fought. 

Based on the incredible...View Series


For more than 15 years I’ve been exploring the Berkshires as a writer and a journalist. While the world of news has changed rapidly, I’ve tramped the hills with a reporter’s notebook and talked with people. Community journalism is at risk, and some say it’s endangered. Let me tell you what it’s like, while it still exists. 

I’ve talked with many kinds of...View Series



Alaska officially became the 49th state in 1959, before that it was a territory, a wild place, the Last Frontier, and the men and women who lived there prior to statehood are the main characters of Sourdough Starter. Their unique stories and adventures are a window into a world of everyday experiences seldom told until now. If you are curious about life in the Last Frontier, this is the book for you. 

                                                                                                                            ...View Series



Monster on the 7th is a collection of poetry that was gathered up from my memories as a child into my adulthood.

Growing up there was my mother and father, my brother and myself along with vodka and valium, dead cats, razor blades, psych wards, and a picnic basket full of emotional problems for the four of us.

In this collection I touch on everthing...View Series



My weekly column offers educational, insightful, and informative guidance to help you choose the right dog, and learn everything about the early years, through old age. Packed with practical tips and techniques – including information on:

Socializing the adult dog

Preparing for puppy

Tips to help your dog live longer

Caring for your senior dog

Coping...View Series



Every day in every year, something happens, however small.  Less often, world-changing moments like the Battle of Waterloo come along.  But whatever has happened, history is nothing if we do not learn from it.

How we view the past is largely a matter of choice; for some, historic fact and accuracy is everything. For me, the poetic way has always been preferable. Despite the almost inevitable...View Series



Poems from my most recent book focusing on societal issues and the beauty behind the darkest corners.

 View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.