The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Life Among the Stones – Through the Gate and Into … (Chapter 7)

Posted on January 11, 2019

Alberta rose just after dawn, finished off two cups of tea, and proceeded down the back path to the open country beyond.  She hadn’t taken this route as much in recent weeks because of all the preparations she had undertaken in light of her prognosis. Having Robin at home with her made all the difference.  He had been attentive, non-intrusive, and a joy to be around, with his dry sense of humour. Unlike Jennifer, he hadn’t felt the need to press his mother about her feelings or plans; it was enough for him just to be her companion. It took her a moment to unlatch the wooden rail gate that opened up into the valley beyond those houses, like hers, that backed onto a more natural world.  Eventually, she…

Life Among the Stones – Closing the Desk (Chapter 5)

Posted on January 8, 2019

“It must be this way, Amit – the magazine deserves our best and I can’t deliver at that level anymore,” Alberta said firmly.  “My God, I will miss this place.” She uttered the words as a kind of benediction, filled with reverence and emotion. Amit Laghari, a proud and accomplished magazine publisher with East Indian Brahman origins, leaned back in his leather chair and observed this woman who had been so instrumental to his own success at Society. He had been fully unprepared when she arrived in his office, sat respectively on the chair opposite his, and informed him of all that had transpired in the last two days. If she was feeling the quiet tragedy of it all, she didn’t reveal it.  It could have been like…

Life Among the Stones – Prognosis (Chapter 4)

Posted on January 6, 2019

Robin had arrived in the morning, having taken the train directly from Paris to London.  Fully briefed by Jenny on what was transpiring with their mother, he cut his trip short by two days and arrived in time to prepare lunch for all three of them.  As the aroma of vegetarian quiche wafted through the house, Jennifer and her mom set the dishes on the small round ceramic tabletop in the alcove overlooking the garden. The air was rife with pleasantries, all attempting to stifle the tension.  Elizabeth Fairborough had called only an hour before to say she was waiting for one final test result that would come in over the noon hour, and that she would be immediately by for a late lunch.  Nothing in her voice…

Life Among the Stones – First Steps (Chapter 3)

Posted on January 4, 2019

And so began a mother’s long and difficult journey into the night, accompanied by her two grown children. Alberta was a highly trained professional regarding information and communication.  She knew exactly what was about to descend on her, at least its main milestones – confusion, forgetfulness, a sense of loss, and then a sense of finding something.  She recalled helping to edit large columns, years earlier, in Societymagazine that focused on dementia and Alzheimer’s, especially among older women.   She set aside some of the more troubling parts of the article for now and recalled that the very first thing to be done was to get a professional assessment of her condition.  She picked up the phone and was gratified to secure an appointment with her doctor later that afternoon.…

Life Among the Stones – Routine (Chapter 2)

Posted on January 3, 2019

The incident shook her for the remainder of the week, even when things back at the office went on as normal.  Alberta had held the position of copy editor ofSocietymagazine for the past ten years, and there wasn’t any time in that period when she didn’t love the job in every way imaginable.  Despite the time pressures, the unthinking demands of her superiors, and the ups and downs of market sales, she took it all in stride, becoming one of the most dependable workers at the magazine.  Her task was to inspire her writers, artists and layout technicians to dig beneath the surface of modern life and unfold the pressures and accomplishments of average people.  A shrewd judge of the basic decency of the average citizen, she had…

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