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Feminist Flicker - Decoding Sexism In Movies

Have you ever watched a movie and wondered why it left you with a feeling of dissatisfaction so subtle that you couldn't quite put your finger on it? Have you ever wondered how to tell if you're watching a movie through the male gaze? Then look no further. Feminist Flicker is here to shine a light on those shadiest of cinematic corners.

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 white patriarchal messages. 

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

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."

A deep dive into the challenges of living successfully in our "overly processed" world with strategies, insights and secrets. Stop merely surviving, start thriving and begin living with Extreme Esteem.   

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.

Lessons I've Learned the Hard Way

You know when someone says, “learn from my experience,” or “don’t make the same mistakes I did,” and you’re like “oh I probably shouldn’t do that thing”? I’m one of those people who doesn’t have that capability. I don’t learn from anyone else’s mistakes; I’ve had to learn most of my lessons the hard way - by making my own mistakes, living through the consequences, and coming out the other side. I’m also one of those people who the universe likes to throw stuff at faster than I can possibly handle it. So, my life isn’t always fun, but it’s always interesting and there are always lessons to be learned. 

In this series, I’ll share the stories of the lessons I’ve had to learn the hard way, and maybe, just maybe, you’ll be able to learn from my mistakes and not make the same ones. 

Nifty's Free Album Picks

The world is full of music; from pop to rock; from country to folk; from classical to alternative. Music is everywhere, and there is no doubt about that! In fact, if you look a little bit on the Internet, you will find genres that don't exist at all in the mainstream music scene! We at Mini Nifty have decided to comb the Internet for full-length albums that people can listen to without paying a cent, highlighting the best of online music, with a focus on little-known but high-quality albums. All the music we will mention in this publication is legally streamable from sites such as Bandcamp, various netlabel and music library websites, and other free music havens. Not all good music comes from the mainstream labels. Find out about albums on a daily basis!

Let's Cook This! Simple Recipes For Anytime

Welcome to my cookbook!  Some of these recipes are old-when I had to make my bucks stretch as a single, working mom, dishes that were not a lot of money, but also quick that I could make after coming home exhausted.  Some of these are new-dishes I've made up as I stared at leftovers in the fridge or thought about as I tried to go to sleep at night, in between thinking about my characters in my short stories, and research.  Some of these are even dishes I grew up with. 

I love to cook, but I have a lot of food allergies, so I have to watch my ingredients.  I have to constantly read labels at the grocery store or risk going to the hospital with a migraine.  Many days I need to fix a dish fast so I can lay down and get rid of a sinus headache, or work, or research.

These recipes are quick, and are versatile that they can go with almost every vegetable, or salad, or maybe just a slice of your favorite heated bread.

The recipes are in no particular order, or category, it's just how I put them in here.  Now, let's cook this! 

    

There's a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It's a baby.

No self-respecting modern woman wants a baby, until you do and then you’re stuffed.

There’s a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It’s a baby is a series of satirical columns about surviving life with a baby and a boyfriend in a modern world that forgot it’s not 1950 something.

Briana takes on all things babies and boyfriend as she discovers motherhood is like riding a wild horse that’s out of control. Only the horse is not a horse, it’s a donkey. And it’s going backwards.

Written with a lot of sarcasm, a little humor and not enough coffee by a woman who wishes she was Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

 

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.

Angel’s Guide to Heavenly Recipes

Heavenly recipes from all over the globe, and some from my own kitchen!

All recipes have been thoroughly tested by the author, her husband, and occasionally, her cats.

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.

Songs for Warriors: Poetry & Prose

Music has always been a tool of the resistance.

To sing in the midst of pain and anguish is an act of bravery.

They told her she would never amount to anything-

They said that she was “blind, barren, and ugly.”

But they were wrong- She was a warrior.

In the pages of this collection, journey with the author as she overcomes the anguish of past abuse, the pain of sight loss, and the heartache of knowing that her rare medical condition will never allow her to have children of her own. "Songs for Warriors," is an invitation for you to never stop fighting- even when every day feels like a battle.

Songs for Warriors, is a collection of poetry, micro-poetry, prose, and essays to inspire you on your journey through life. 

In ancient times, poetry was set to music. The bards sang songs of hope and freedom. These songs are for you.

Poems from a Loquacious Heart

Here is a micropoetry series for busy readers and writers.

There is poetry in life everywhere!

 

 

Life's Words

A loquacious heart

Fills a head with letters—

Pen forms words for the voiceless

Gives one silent soul a voice—

It writes stories for us all

 

Dear Matt...Letters To My Son

These are letters, from my heart to his, to my prodigal son.  If you have an estranged family member, these letters are probably your heart, too. 

This Flickers of Fiction

"This Flickers of Fiction" is an anthology of flash fiction stories, poetry and drama. In bi-weekly episodes, J.B. and I will explore the moments in time which give us happiness and make us question, delve into human relationships which have spanned forward and backward over Millenia, and pit the lives we've lived against the lives we've lived inside our heads.

If you've questioned the world around you and still haven't found an answer, if you're questing for the person you've always wanted to be and still struggle against the person you are, if you find peace in the breath of wind and relief in something well cleaned, this anthology is for you.

We welcome you to this, our flickers of fiction.

"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.  

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…

How To Wear Odd Socks

You just put them on, right? Oh, if only it were that simple.

This is the story of how I learned how to wear odd socks, via secluded gothic towers, the NHS, World War II air raids, gang violence, terrorist bombs and plane crashes.

No wonder I'm exhausted.

  

 

Broken

Poetry about love, life, death, loss, and the frailty of humanity, expressed in and through the beauty of words.

Travel on a Different Plane

Let yourself go. Captivating, humorous, and delectable travel tales that will transport you to the next town or the far side of the world . . .

Kickstarts! Writing Workshop

A writing workshop for reluctant and blocked writers, and for those just looking to put the fun back into the creative writing process.

We all have those times when the words don't flow. Whether you are are a student who can think of about a million other things that you would rather be doing than writing that English assignment, or a veteran author who has spent the last chunk of time staring at a blank page where words should be, this workshop is for you!

While it explores ideas from the stance of writing fiction, with a few easy adjustments it can be very helpful for non-fiction as well! 

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. 

Dear Aliyah...Letters to my Grandbaby

Letters to my first grandchild, Aliyah Ann.  I am writing this series as thoughts strike me of things I want to tell her.  I won't post all the time, unless something happens and I need to write it out for several days.  So, I may go a little while without posting.

Tachycardia

It's a hectic world. From every angle of your life, there is seemingly every reason to worry, complain, fight, call out, or ignore. The power of "no" and "not my problem" is strong. It's seemingly easier to put on blinders, put one foot in front of the other, and keep to yourself. 

This series is an encouragement to the spirit of edification, identifying the dubious and cliches, and hopefully guide you to a path of confidence. There are no magic buttons or catchy phrases to make life perfect. Progress, however, is an attainable goal for any of us. 

With a lifetime of travel and wisdom-producing failures, I explore the most controversial of topics and dirtiest avenues to discuss what is healthiest to the heart and the head. From stories about immigration to politicking, from loneliness in D.C. to wild parties in Vegas, there is much to learn you probably never realized you didn't know. 

read. research. stay interested.

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



Have you ever watched a movie and wondered why it left you with a feeling of dissatisfaction so subtle that you couldn't quite put your finger on it? Have you ever wondered how to tell if you're watching a movie through the male gaze? Then look no further. Feminist Flicker is here to shine a light on those shadiest of cinematic corners.

It is an unfortunate, but inescapable truth that...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."

A deep dive into the challenges of living successfully in our "overly processed" world with strategies, insights and secrets. Stop merely surviving, start thriving...View Series



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



You know when someone says, “learn from my experience,” or “don’t make the same mistakes I did,” and you’re like “oh I probably shouldn’t do that thing”? I’m one of those people who doesn’t have that capability. I don’t learn from anyone else’s mistakes; I’ve had to learn most of my lessons the hard way - by making...View Series


The world is full of music; from pop to rock; from country to folk; from classical to alternative. Music is everywhere, and there is no doubt about that! In fact, if you look a little bit on the Internet, you will find genres that don't exist at all in the mainstream music scene! We at Mini Nifty have decided to comb the Internet for full-length albums that people can listen to without paying a cent,...View Series


Welcome to my cookbook!  Some of these recipes are old-when I had to make my bucks stretch as a single, working mom, dishes that were not a lot of money, but also quick that I could make after coming home exhausted.  Some of these are new-dishes I've made up as I stared at leftovers in the fridge or thought about as I tried to go to sleep at night, in between thinking about my characters in...View Series


No self-respecting modern woman wants a baby, until you do and then you’re stuffed.

There’s a monster in my bed. Oh wait. It’s a baby is a series of satirical columns about surviving life with a baby and a boyfriend in a modern world that forgot it’s not 1950 something.

Briana takes on all things babies and boyfriend as she discovers motherhood is like...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


Heavenly recipes from all over the globe, and some from my own kitchen!

All recipes have been thoroughly tested by the author, her husband, and occasionally, her cats.

 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


Music has always been a tool of the resistance.

To sing in the midst of pain and anguish is an act of bravery.

They told her she would never amount to anything-

They said that she was “blind, barren, and ugly.”

But they were wrong- She was a warrior.

In the pages of...View Series



Here is a micropoetry series for busy readers and writers.

There is poetry in life everywhere!

 

 

Life's Words

A loquacious heart

Fills a head with letters—

Pen forms words for the voiceless

Gives one silent soul a voice—

It writes stories for us all

 

 View Series


These are letters, from my heart to his, to my prodigal son.  If you have an estranged family member, these letters are probably your heart, too. 

 View Series


"This Flickers of Fiction" is an anthology of flash fiction stories, poetry and drama. In bi-weekly episodes, J.B. and I will explore the moments in time which give us happiness and make us question, delve into human relationships which have spanned forward and backward over Millenia, and pit the lives we've lived against the lives we've lived inside our heads.

If...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


“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



You just put them on, right? Oh, if only it were that simple.

This is the story of how I learned how to wear odd socks, via secluded gothic towers, the NHS, World War II air raids, gang violence, terrorist bombs and plane crashes.

No wonder I'm exhausted.

  

 

 View Series


Poetry about love, life, death, loss, and the frailty of humanity, expressed in and through the beauty of words.

 View Series


Let yourself go. Captivating, humorous, and delectable travel tales that will transport you to the next town or the far side of the world . . .

 View Series


A writing workshop for reluctant and blocked writers, and for those just looking to put the fun back into the creative writing process.

We all have those times when the words don't flow. Whether you are are a student who can think of about a million other things that you would rather be doing than writing that English assignment, or a veteran author who has spent the last chunk of time staring...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



Letters to my first grandchild, Aliyah Ann.  I am writing this series as thoughts strike me of things I want to tell her.  I won't post all the time, unless something happens and I need to write it out for several days.  So, I may go a little while without posting.

 View Series


It's a hectic world. From every angle of your life, there is seemingly every reason to worry, complain, fight, call out, or ignore. The power of "no" and "not my problem" is strong. It's seemingly easier to put on blinders, put one foot in front of the other, and keep to yourself. 

This series is an encouragement to the spirit of edification, identifying...View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.