Summer Storms by Thomas Grant Bruso

…Earl cried when he and his father had to bury Shells in the backyard, a fragment of memories now many miles behind them. Earl had sat with his mother that morning as she answered his questions, the importance of death, and the grief that comes with losing life’s precious things…

Letters To Jacob by Maria Hopfgarten

…I went to the hospital library to pick up a few books on grief. I found many books on the grieving process and the stages of grief, but not many personal stories I could relate to. I wanted to give my fellow grievers the raw and personal truth about grief and still finding joy. At the same time, I wanted to give grievers practical tips on how to cope with grief. I wanted to be that friend you can relate to in the hardest times of life…

Thrive: The Facilitator’s Guide to Radically Inclusive Meetings by Dr. Mark Smutny

…My unique focus is on inclusive meetings—the landscape in which we live a good portion of our organizational lives.
I have been asked many times by people why I think I am an expert on diversity and inclusion since I am a straight, White man with lots of advantages. My response is that I am not an expert on diversity and inclusion, especially when it concerns race. I am still learning be more empathic. I do have a passionate commitment to social justice…

The Photograph by L.E. Luttrell

…He was just about to check it again when he felt the ladder begin to move. Looking down, he could see a man standing below him with his hands on the ladder. The man looked like Lachlan, which he thought very strange because he didn’t think Lachlan was able to walk. Perhaps he’d misunderstood. Greer had said he’d been in an accident, but she didn’t say how disabled he was. Gordon had seen the wheelchair and the stair…

Divorce Bucket List by Jennifer Harris

…I’m surrounded by relaxed families, couples, groups of friends, and even some who appear to be fellow solo travelers. I feel at peace in this moment, witnessing the miracles of life all around me. There is so much beauty in the present. I am thankful for this serenity, this beautiful day, and these views…

She’s the One Who Doesn’t Say Much (Book Four of the War Stories of the Seven Troublesome Sisters) by S.R. Cronin

…Then, as if life wasn’t complicated enough, Olivine learns the artist community she yearns to be part of has developed a different take on the invasion. They’re sure the only way to survive is to capitulate completely to the Mongols’ demands. Artists who feel otherwise are no longer welcome…

The Jug and Hare Bathhouse by Graham Williams

… in London in the reign of King James and an atmospheric feeling about the taverns, shops and streets as well as the bathhouse itself, all linked to the river Thames and famous theatres of the time. The characters are great and very believable and the action scenes well-written and full of high adventure. It also comes to an uplifting and optimistic conclusion, with some surprising and joyful twists…