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Here’s the thing about grief: It doesn’t take someone special to understand that you are going through pain. But unless you get it, you don’t get it. Grief is harrowing, isolating, and all-encompassing. After experiencing a significant loss, it’s not uncommon to adopt a narrative that we are alone, and no one understands what we go through.
Grief and trauma therapist, Arielle Sokoll-Ward, LCSW, challenges those beliefs by uncovering her most honest form: Raw, abraded, unapologetic grief. Within these pages, you are invited to find the language that describes your own grief as Arielle shares her journey through the emotional havoc of surviving the death of her partner through ongoing narrative, letters, and poetry. She explores how the losses that are riding shotgun in our life can connect us closer to each other in familiar lived experiences, leading to our own resilience.
Pulling from a series of responses from her research on the lived experience of grief and anonymously sharing client experiences within the therapeutic space, Arielle provides explanations, common themes, and insights on the grieving process.
Loss goes far beyond death. Grief and love are a paired partnership; one does not exist without the other. So, if you have felt either, this book is for you.
Book One: The Orbit Scrolls
Bruce W. Davis
In Ancient Times, as the Red Sun Disaster redefined human history, the thriving but war-weary Pelanjian people asked this of themselves. "What might we become if our honor was no longer tainted by constant warfare? What if our nation's energy was unleashed to create rather than destroy?"
This was asked by citizens of the most successful trading empire in human history. Folk who excelled in education, science, medicine, and whose cultural soul had been anchored by the Orbit Scrolls for millennia. Folk who despised the word "war" yet were forced to excel in that too. Hope for an answer tested Pelanjia's determination. They gambled their very existence by shattering the limits of naval exploration of their era to seek Wraithaven-humankind's most terrifying and elusive legend!
If the mythical terror actually existed, it should be uninhabited and ripe for settlement. After four centuries of fighting for national survival, the Pelanjians could disappear while their sworn enemies tore each other apart amid the planet's greatest cataclysm. Unequaled in recorded history, the Red Sun Disaster annihilated the societal fabric of every established nation on the two known continents at the time, Embrica and Mascarene. For a century past the Year of the Red Sun, the Starvation Wars, famines, and plagues destroyed 70% of the populations on both continents, while uncountable warlords and conquerors rose and fell.
The Great Recovery took centuries to crawl out of the devastation, for humankind to matter once again, but much had been lost. Re-inventions of what had once defined "civilizations" littered the wounded landscape alongside voids of things long forgotten. Ancient truths faded into legend. Legends emerged as truths. Even after a thousand years, truth versus legend remained inconclusive. Yet, for the Pelanjians who now call themselves "Wraithians," the millennia allowing them sanctuary and isolated peace from relentless invasion attempts, has given them the answer to their original question, "What might we become?"
This is their story.
Adam M. Sturdevant
In Holoplexity, consciousness is hypothesized as predating the universe and as ultimately comprising all matter and energy. It comprises the very architecture of reality, including spatial dimensions (as we perceive them), and is even the causal factor of time itself. This theory then goes on to argue that consciousness is hidden from us, is timeless (but still generates time), and is the source from which all things flow. Humans are only able to appreciate and apprehend the aftermath of this interaction.
Consciousness is then believed to exist in all things as manifested in both matter and electromagnetism, as well as non-spatial, non-temporal, phenomenal existence itself. Holoplexity seeks to offer an explanation for how information becomes human experience. From the advent of time to the reading of these words, the Holoplexity Theory of Consciousness makes a coherent explanation for it all.
Dennis R. Blue
At the suggestion of a personal counselor, the author penned a review of the Judeo-Christian Bible in 2017. Research was undertaken at that time with the intention of uncovering biblical deception and scriptural incoherency. In conjunction with a fearless and exacting inventory of his life, Dennis Blue measured the promises of "God's Word" against the realities of his earthly existence. When he was completely honest with himself, it became apparent that a pattern of rationalization, dismissal and denial had been integral to his Christian walk. As the truth emerged, it became increasingly clear that the believer's willingness to elevate belief over reality was essential to experiencing a successful Christian life. Upon opening the eye of reason, an accurate worldview is restored.
Rethinking Jesus was written to inspire beleaguered Christians in a way that allows them to see their own truth and to embrace it wholeheartedly. In doing so, it may be possible for those dispirited souls to walk away from a faith that is founded on false premises and powerless promises. The book's design is meant to provide encouragement through confidence so as to allow readers to experience freedom from doubts and fears. It boldly reexamines the life of the self-appointed Messiah, bestowing a cognitive understanding of Jesus that is unbiased by contrived theologies. Rethinking Jesus challenges Christian indoctrination by employing the Bible's own words against itself.
The Rabbi and the Widow
Charles David Isbell
Romance and philosophy combine in this engaging, imaginative tale of grizzled LSU professor, Rabbi Baraq Broulliette, and the lovely young Sara, widowed when her husband of 25 years died of cancer and still finding her new single life baffling.
Sara, seeking comfort from the religious faith of her childhood, meets Baraq, whose own difficult times left him alone in a world of university teaching, scholarship, and Jewish worship. Throughout a year of counselling, the rabbi and the widow become fast friends as each finds solace from grief, loss, illness, and the death of cherished loved ones.
How can the rabbi and the widow handle the delicate and mystifying effects of their mutual trust in each other? Can the grizzled rabbi and the lovely widow remain friends? Or will their relationship be a temporary detour on the road back to wholeness and perhaps new romantic possibilities?
The story takes a surprising twist as it winds toward a conclusion that neither one could have foreseen.
Violence in Art
Darren M. Slade
In celebration of both academics and artists, this volume anthologizes essays and depictions dedicated to the theme of violence in art. Introducing industry leaders and scholars from the disciplines of art, humanities, and education, these essays make a unique contribution to the aesthetic and philosophical study of violence, with commentary accompanying several never-before-seen images. This collection spotlights both all-new artists and visionary illustrators who specialize in violence and horror.