The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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The Secret Nook – Chapter 14 (Somewhere In the Future)”

Posted on October 15, 2018

The conversation had been wide, yet introspective – and long.  Meadow told him of the crash itself and the immediate aftermath – details he had never known.  She spoke fondly of Nana, but also of the terrible price they both paid at watching a mother and daughter waste away from a brain injury that eventually took her. She left out the romantic parts of her life, in part because she felt they weren’t important and also because she didn’t take well to revealing that she just might not be a suitable partner. And he never asked. When she felt exhaustion creeping in, Koay mentioned that he had placed a frozen lasagna in the oven soon after she arrived and that they should move to the kitchen. …

The Third Place (Chapter 19) – Interlude

Posted on August 23, 2018

Signs that something momentous was happening took time to develop.  Aakriti Chandra stayed for the rest of that day with us before flying back to San Diego.  She was different in those last few hours, we could tell, yet had little more to say, other than the odd question for Dad and Mom about the Third Place’s operations.  A portion of her inquisitiveness in that regard was reserved for Finn.  It had become clear to her that he had grasped all aspects of the business and that his knowledge of technology and obvious connection with the younger generations provided him with vital insights into the future.  And that was something she was determined to be part of. Things with Finn and I were at…

A City’s Potential Stifled By Self-Doubt

Posted on April 24, 2018

The quote holds out hope for what a mid-sized city can become: “These cities have the potential to become leaders of sustainable and inclusive city-building initiatives across Canada.” It’s posted on the website of Evergreen Canada, a group coming to London on May 15-16 to see if we can make the cut as a municipality dynamic enough to carve out a more prosperous and meaningful future for itself. That Evergreen is coming to London at all, in co-operation with numerous local organizations, might be a sign that it values our potential, but it could just as well be a recognition that we are floundering enough as a community that we could use some outside help. It’s tough in a country as spread out as…

Our Frail Craft

Posted on March 8, 2018

Former UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon once voiced a perceptive observation concerning humanity’s potential and its limitations:   “We are the first generation to be able to end poverty, and the last generation that can take steps to avoid the worst impacts of climate change.” He went on to talk of how future generations will judge us on the strength or weakness of our moral vigor to manage change. And that’s just how it’s playing itself out.  We’ve learned in a previous blog about how the world is making important strides in fighting destitute poverty in the developing world.  Much of this is due to governments rising to the challenge of the UN’s Millennial and Sustainable Development Goals and also for the abilities of…

Answers vs. Solutions

Posted on March 6, 2018

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom,” wrote Isaac Asimov in a moment of frustration.  Was he correct?  Of course he was.  The Information Age brings us new findings every minute of the day and our ability to assimilate that knowledge for the betterment of our communities doesn’t so much depend on our brain as our character. Everyone has answers these days, as our digital screens display relentless bits of information, research findings, and happenings across the globe.  People are finding answers for everything – how to fix an eavestrough, invest in stocks, tend a garden or hold a meeting.  Our days are daily journeys of discovery that assist with practical solutions or just…

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