Kim Vivian’s short story “Photograph” has been published in the latest edition of the Harrington Lesbian Literary Quarterly, Volume 8, No. 2—Fall 2007. He has also recently signed a contract with the literary agency Writers in the Sky to market his two novels When Angels Weep (formerly titled In the Company of Angels ) and Pilger’s Homecoming, as well as his children’s book, A Light in the Woods, and his short-story collection Tales My Parents Didn’t Tell Me .
For a week the end of September, Vicki Sommer served as an Illinois delegate to the "Tri-City Social Care Exchange" held in Birmingham, England. Delegates from Illinois were selected from among applicants who were members of the National Association of Social Workers, Illinois Chapter. Working together with the Sister Cities Program, ( Chicago, Hamburg, Germany and Birmingham, England are all sister cities) NASW has developed an exchange wherein human service professionals and social welfare educators learn how each of the three countries address social problems through social policies, administrative structures, and service systems. The exchange involved numerous agency visits, conversations with social workers and clients, workshops and sessions with university professors, administrators, and politicians. The exchange offered many experiences that can be brought back to the classroom. For instance, England is developing a number of innovations in social services including a transformative system of outcome measures and client-controlled budgeting in which clients will "shop" among providers for services for which they are eligible. U.S. and Germany delegates were housed in the Woodbrooke Quaker Center, a beautiful acreage and former family mansion for the Cadburys (of Cadbury candies), allowing for many informal, intercultural conversations.