The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “death

Fire in the Eyes

Posted on December 19, 2017

The old scriptures tell of how Moses, over 100 years of age at the time of his death, stood on a mountain overlooking the Promised Land and “his eyes were not weak.” Yet, despite that great advantage, the legendary Jewish leader passed on, never able to enjoy what he had seen and dreamed of for most of his life. I thought of that story again a couple of days ago when I learned that Gina Barber, politician, activist and author, passed away of cancer. The outpouring of collective grief and thankfulness for her influence was remarkable in its own way, with many chronicling personal stories of her effect on their lives. I have one of my own, and it’s as recent as two weeks…

Losing Humanity

Posted on July 4, 2012

Some stories are just so gut wrenchingly moving that you’d have to be a pretty hard-hearted sort not to be moved in the deepest parts of your humanity. The inspiring journey of one married couple illustrates what I’m talking about. They had been married for a number of years, happily so, when they decided the time was right to try for a new addition to their family. It didn’t work out as well as had been hoped. Despite their best efforts they couldn’t conceive and a kind of debilitating sadness began to pervade their household. Things weren’t quite the same, as fate seemed to have robbed them of their chance for a future they had dreamed of. And then the shocking news: she was…