The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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The Other Path

Posted on February 17, 2019

In 1950, the year of my birth, a wide-ranging Gallup poll in America asked high school seniors the simple question: “Do you consider yourself to be a very important person?” Only 12% of the respondents answered in the affirmative.  Gallup asked senior students the same question in 1990 and that number had risen to 80%.  Three years ago (2016), it had risen to a staggering 94%. Clearly how people see themselves has been going through a not-so-subtle transformation.  Much of this is due to the phenomenal rise in the youth culture and its ability to capture the attention of the corporate world and the selling of products.  The entertainment industry has mastered the market on superheroes, iconic rebel figures and music celebrities with entire worlds built around their talent.  The…

Are There Lessons For Us In Brexit?

Posted on February 5, 2019

Actually, there are dozens of things we can learn from Brexit chaos that has torn at the very fabric of Britain and the European Union.  British polls continue to verify that most respondents can hardly even recall what the referendum was about and most express confusion over whether there can be any hope for a successful outcome.  These lessons for politics, citizenship, populism and the media are vast and have some things to tell any lover of democracy. Much of the confusion likely comes down to political parties playing with the fear of the future that so empowered the populist movement in Europe in recent years.  British newspapers are discovering that, while many still hold to their positions to leave or stay, the vast majority can no…

The Secret Nook – Chapter 21 (William and Mary)

Posted on October 31, 2018

It was somewhat as she had recalled, but a number of things were different.  New buildings had sprung up that still couldn’t compete with the historic beauty of William and Mary’s traditional structures.  Meadow located a parking spot, paid for a ticket from an automatic dispenser, and then locked the truck.  Les had been more than understanding when she had returned with news of all that had transpired in the western part of the state. “You’ll be needing some more time off,” he began, “and the truck is yours for as long as you need it.” In truth, he had agonized over the years about Meadow’s lack of opportunity.  He knew of her gift but had no idea how to prompt her in that direction. Now…

The Secret Nook – Chapter 19 (The Great Discovery)

Posted on October 26, 2018

  WILLIAM & MARY CHARTERED 1693     Meadow Hartley 31 Elm Ave. Clifton Forge, VA 24422 Ms. Hartley:   As the Dean of Admissions, it is a pleasure to inform you that a registered pre-paid admission plan has now been finalized and fully funded for the College of William and Mary’s Arts Degree program through the generosity of your parents, Jonathon and Shirley Hartley. As a pre-registrant, you are entitled to enroll in our college at any time of your choosing, providing sufficient notice is provided and that your previous education marks and conduct fulfill the high standards that the College of William and Mary has held to since its inception. Presently, you are slotted for the Art and Art History program, with…

The Secret Nook – Chapter 17 (Revelation)

Posted on October 23, 2018

They chose to lunch in town at a diner near the Inn, but the mood was sombre – its source being the sense of inability to move on just when she had arrived at the place in her life when she desired to head off in a new direction. “Well, there is one thing I gained that never would have happened if I hadn’t climbed into the Ford and driven here.” “And that is?” “Me,” she interjected with an attempt at a smile.  “I saw what I would become – or couldbecome if the fates were different.” He sipped his coffee, obviously thinking over what she had just said.  “I didn’t know you believed in fate.  When you were in my class all those…