The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Christmas Opposite

Posted on December 23, 2014

YOU WON’T BE SURPRISED TO HEAR THAT the number of those who are homeless has increased in recent years. What does irk us somewhat is the discovery that the numbers of those homeless in the upper 1% is also going up. It’s not that they don’t have homes – the average number is three for this group, and that doesn’t include holiday homes or yachts – it’s that they increasingly avoid settling down anywhere. They often put more importance on their means of transport to all these various places than they do in the temporary habitats they reside in. Those in the upper crust have always been characterized by their possession of opulent homes. But in previous times, at least, they actually lived and worked…

Anne Hidalgo – A Mayor for Everybody

Posted on September 3, 2014

  SHE IS AT ONCE ENGAGING, AND AS THE FIRST FEMALE MAYOR of Paris, France, an energizing groundbreaker. Anne Hidalgo has many similarities to London, Ontario’s present acting mayor, Joni Baechler – highly enthusiastic about the job, a history in planning, an interest in affordable housing, and a keen desire to bring neighbourhoods together. But while Baechler is moving into the sunset of her time as acting mayor, Hidalgo is just getting started. Hidalgo is often at her best when speaking of authenticity as a chief elected official. Politics, especially at election time, is often about candidates attempting to outdo each other as leaders of the people – often a tactic rather than a reality. Hidalgo puts a premium on genuineness, however, as when…

For All of It

Posted on July 18, 2014

“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls. Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf. Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars…

Different, But Not Less

Posted on July 3, 2014

EVERY SUMMER OUR FAMILY VOLUNTEERS AT AN ONTARIO CAMP that assists kids with autism. A friend, Fran Slee, inherited a former family camp on the shores of Lake Cecebe and had a dream of turning into a camp where not only autistic kids, but their families, could have a place to move out into Nature in security and awe. It is a wonderful place of personal and collective transformation. Our family has never been challenged with the pressures of autism, but we’re not blind to the obstacles and opportunities it brings to the lives of these families. Many kids with autism face sensory challenges, reacting strongly to bright light or crowd noise. Some respond so violently that they can slam their heads against walls. Others…

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