The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Christmas On The Ground

Posted on December 24, 2018

Christmas not only endures, but frequently transcends the times in which it finds itself.  In Christian tradition, that first Christmas story should have been over before it started.  A pregnant unwed mother has to travel many miles on a donkey, alongside an obscure carpenter that would soon be her husband.  The great political machine decided it was time to take a census and forced thousands of people back to their home villages to be accounted for. To make it worse, they are poor and there is no place for the mother to have her child, other than a small stable for animals. And yet it worked to an astounding degree – just like all the great inspirational stories over the centuries.  Whether they were real or not ends up…

The Secret Nook – Now Available

Posted on November 10, 2018

A dream.  A flashback.  A moment in time that might hold out hope for what was becoming an empty life.  But first she must discover what the dream meant and, more importantly, where it had occurred. Meadow Hartley left her gift and passions behind two decades earlier following the loss of her parents in a tragic car crash.  In the rural expanses of Virginia, she begins the long and heartfelt process of putting her life back together with the help of her old art instructor and the desire to recapture what had been lost. But there is a twist: instead of going back into her childhood, she must move into the future and see what she will become. The Secret Nook is a novella…

The Secret Nook – Chapter 20 (Free at Last)

Posted on October 28, 2018

The paper shook in Meadow’s trembling hands.  Kept inside an envelope, it looked as though it had been printed up just yesterday.  She read it once more, disbelieving. Eventually, she handed it over to Koay, who read it and then stared up in wonder. “Still think all this is merely fate?” She shook her head from side to side but dared not speak anything lest she lose control of her emotions. He perused it once more and handed it back.  “What is the second piece?” Meadow had forgotten it in the shock of the moment but now opened its page up as well.   Honey, So, here you go.  Soon you’ll be done high school and you’ll be on your way to a remarkable life in…

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…

Summer Reflections – Half of Life, Half of Death

Posted on July 17, 2018

Ronald Rotheiser issues a challenge in his Forgotten Among the Lilies, and it’s worth taking up as a summer test.  Prompting us to have a good look in the mirror, he says: “Scrutinize and examine, look for signs of ageing, but spend that time looking into your eyes.  What do they reveal?  Are they tired, unenthusiastic, cynical, lifeless, lacking in sparkle, hardened?  . . . Is there any fire there?  Does passion still burn?  Are they weary of experiencing, incapable of being surprised?  Is there still a young child buried somewhere behind them?” It used to be that such insights were directed to those reaching senior years, but not anymore. There’s been too much research telling us that depression, loneliness, mental illness and a quiet desperation…

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