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Glen Pearson

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A Decade of Doubt

Posted on September 21, 2018

Confusion.  Confusion everywhere.  Confusion in the House itself and in Question Period.  Confusion in caucus meetings.  Confusion in the various committees.  Confusion at events.  Confusion when socializing with other MPs.  Confusion in calls home to spouses and children.  Confusion from the top leadership levels to the lowliest backbencher. Confusion among economists. Confusion among bureaucrats. Confusion in the media and among citizens.  Again, confusion everywhere. A decade ago I was sitting in Parliament – one of slightly over 300 MPs trying to figure out what just hit us.  Had the American stock market crashed?  Was Wall Street doing anything?  What about Canadian securities?  Is this going global or confined to America? It didn’t take long to understand that the Great Recession of 2008 was upon us and, like…

Book Love

Posted on September 9, 2018

A number of folks have asked ow they can get a copy of my last couple of books.  So here’s a brief description, along with the links.  Truth Shapers is about a Republican Senator taking on a Republican President.  I didn’t realize when writing it that it would mirror so much of what is happening now south of the border.  The Third Place was really a labour of love for my city, which is full of so many good people endeavouring to build a more engaged city.  My first novella and I loved the entire process of writing it.  I lived for books when I was young; now books live in me.   The Third Place I serialized this book over the course of the summer.…

Summer Reflections – Physician, Heal Yourself

Posted on July 22, 2018

For centuries the word “sabbath” denoted a time of religious retreat, but in recent years it has come to be viewed as a necessary time of retreat to recalibrate ourselves to face the pressures of modern life. “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy,” was one of the original 10 Commandments – the third on the list – but it was a concept practiced by other religions and cultures around the world.  For some that meant focusing on God; for others it was a time of healing. It was centred on the idea that life during the week can not only drain us but also cause us to make decisions that in the long run are detrimental to our mental health.  There is…

Summer Reflections – Half of Life, Half of Death

Posted on July 17, 2018

Ronald Rotheiser issues a challenge in his Forgotten Among the Lilies, and it’s worth taking up as a summer test.  Prompting us to have a good look in the mirror, he says: “Scrutinize and examine, look for signs of ageing, but spend that time looking into your eyes.  What do they reveal?  Are they tired, unenthusiastic, cynical, lifeless, lacking in sparkle, hardened?  . . . Is there any fire there?  Does passion still burn?  Are they weary of experiencing, incapable of being surprised?  Is there still a young child buried somewhere behind them?” It used to be that such insights were directed to those reaching senior years, but not anymore. There’s been too much research telling us that depression, loneliness, mental illness and a quiet desperation…

“Summer Reflections – Days of Rebellion”

Posted on July 13, 2018

Samuel Taylor Coleridge noted that “summer has set in with its usual severity.”  But seriously, most of us welcome these days of escape from the harsh winter months.  We explore the chance to unwind, to read, swim, relax or enjoy summer activities. But there has been plenty of research released in recent years that reveals how ambivalent, even hostile, many workplaces are about the warm months.  Why?  Because they supposedly make us lazy and the capitalistic mind views that as a rival to work productivity.  We aren’t surprised to learn that on inclement days we are more hesitant to head outside, choosing instead to stay at our desk or tasks.  One Japanese study discovered that businesses could get 30-minutes of extra toil from workers…

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