The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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The Third Place (Chapter 22) – Epilogue

Posted on August 26, 2018

When the story of the Third Place is fully told, it will be what happened in the first twelve months with the Sky Reach collaboration that will be best remembered. The success of the effort was strong enough as to be almost overwhelming.  The community took to the initiative as though they had been waiting for it for years, which I suppose in many ways they had.  The past decade of lost opportunity and sense of hopelessness were quickly being replaced by a firm hope that our city was on its way back. It was shortly after the deal had been struck with Sky Reach that Mrs. Dawson, Finn’s grandmother, died.  It was a sad time for us all.  Though her visits had become increasingly…

The Third Place (Chapter 21) – Putting It All Together

Posted on August 25, 2018

The next few months were a frantic and exciting blur.  While Finn and I worked out the timing for announcing our engagement in two months’ time, Mom and Daisy kept the Third Place running efficiently while Dad worked with community leaders to lay the groundwork for Sky Reach’s investment for vertical farming. This is where Dad was at his best, beginning the entire process by hosting an event at the restaurant for political, economic and civil society leaders. He introduced Aakriti and the team to the group who set about to explain the plan and how it would all serve as a pilot project for what later would become a North American initiative that would likely develop into a global industry. Due to the reputation…

The Third Place (Chapter 20) – Days of Defiance

Posted on August 24, 2018

When they descended the stairs in the morning, Dad and Mom were shocked to spot us seated at the same table Dad had left us at the night before.  We hadn’t slept, and other than an hour-long walk, arrived back at the same table and had come to a number of decisions. Mom poured coffee for the two of them and seated herself with a look of inquisitiveness written across her entire countenance.  She looked at Dad, back at us, and finally confessed, “I have no idea what’s going on here.  You two look like you could use some sleep.” We were surprised to learn that Dad hadn’t spoken to Mom of our talk only a few hours previous. “She was asleep by the…

The Third Place (Chapter 18) – Words to Change the World

Posted on August 22, 2018

She woke to the smell of breakfast wafting through the house, bringing back precious memories of her childhood in Bombay, before it was renamed Mumbai.  Refreshed, the discussion of the previous evening still raced through her active mind.  She had much to do today … and to learn, Aakriti knew. Though only seven o’clock, the Overton family was busy preparing the establishment for the daily restaurant rush.  Sally motioned her to take a seat at a table the was full of bagels, scrambled eggs, fruit, grained cereals and plenty of coffee.  She dug in, participating in the small talk that accompanied the usual routine, but she was eager to pursue her conversation with Everton. She watched him now, moving in an out of various…

The Third Place (Chapter 17) – Late-night Visitor

Posted on August 20, 2018

The knock on the door came long after closing time.  Dad was seated near the front counter, going over the month’s financials.  The rains that were falling, accompanied by repeated crashing lightning, was unlike anything we had experienced in years.  Wherever you were in the large house, you could hear the water teeming through the eavestroughs and lashing every window.  Most of us were in bed, exhausted after a heavy day of business. The first knock went unnoticed, drowned out by the calamity outside.  The second was more urgent, causing Dad to put the calculator down, peer through the door curtain, and slowly open it inwards. Before him stood a tall woman and had she spent another minute outside would likely have been completely…

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