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Nonfiction

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.

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.

 

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."

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.

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.

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.

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 . . .

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! 

    

Letters to Kalis

These are the things that I'll never get to say in person.

Kalis (sounds like: kah-Lease)

I thought pregnancy was just the beginning of a life-long relationship between my baby girl and me. Instead, Kalis stayed just long enough after her birth to hug me goodbye.

Thinking of her, talking to her, and being aware of the signs she sends me are how I deal with the realities of being a bereaved parent. This series of letters to my Kalis is based on the journal "Letters to My Baby in Heaven". 

Heal with me on the 1st and 15th of every month as I send love letters to my baby girl in Heaven.

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.

Searching For Home

What does it mean to call a place home? What if that place is halfway across the world?

Working for a study abroad program in Kaikoura, New Zealand, Lauren taught students the importance of "home-making." When it came to home-making Lauren didn't hold back: connecting with the community, playing open mics at the local pub, and befriending strangers on hiking trips around the country.

But when a natural disaster devastates her New Zealand town, she finds leaving and saying goodbye to a home was something she hadn't learned. 

Follow her journey from falling in love with a place and calling it home, to learning to let go and process the trauma and grief that comes with losing a home.

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.

Maternal Instincts

Real life scenarios from being a mother of two children with the laugh or you might cry attitude. Laugh out loud stories that are relatable to all parents.

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.

His Eye Is On the Sparrow

His Eye Is On the Sparrow is a twice-monthly devotional series by Karen Smith. Sometimes what we read in our current English language Bible is difficult to understand, and these devotionals will dig deeper into the cultural and belief systems of those Biblical times, helping the seeker understand what the writer was trying to say then, and how to apply that lesson now.  Walk with me, and let's share the journey.

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.

 

Winner 2017 Best Nonfiction Series

Winner 2016 Best Nonfiction Series

Runner-up 2016 Best Humor/Comedy Series

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.

Broken

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

Humor the Antidepressant

A humorous barreling toward sarcastic take on people, events, and life in general. 

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.



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



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



"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


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


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



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



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


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


These are the things that I'll never get to say in person.

Kalis (sounds like: kah-Lease)

I thought pregnancy was just the beginning of a life-long relationship between my baby girl and me. Instead, Kalis stayed just long enough after her birth to hug me goodbye.

Thinking of her, talking to her, and being aware of the signs she sends me are how...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


What does it mean to call a place home? What if that place is halfway across the world?

Working for a study abroad program in Kaikoura, New Zealand, Lauren taught students the importance of "home-making." When it came to home-making Lauren didn't hold back: connecting with the community, playing open mics at the local pub, and befriending strangers on hiking trips...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



Real life scenarios from being a mother of two children with the laugh or you might cry attitude. Laugh out loud stories that are relatable to all parents.

 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


His Eye Is On the Sparrow is a twice-monthly devotional series by Karen Smith. Sometimes what we read in our current English language Bible is difficult to understand, and these devotionals will dig deeper into the cultural and belief systems of those Biblical times, helping the seeker understand what the writer was trying to say then, and how to apply that lesson now.  Walk with me, and let's...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.

 

Winner 2017 Best Nonfiction Series

Winner 2016 Best Nonfiction Series

Runner-up 2016 Best Humor/Comedy Series

 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


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

 View Series


A humorous barreling toward sarcastic take on people, events, and life in general. 

 View Series

View a complete list of ongoing and completed series here.