The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Uneasy Lies the Head that Wears the Crown

Posted on November 17, 2015

AS JUSTIN TRUDEAU MOVES THROUGH A SERIES OF SUMMITS that will surely have an effect on global direction, I thought of John Kennedy describing the turbulent first few months of his presidency: “I knew that this country faced serious challenges, but I could not realize – nor could any man realize who does not bear the burdens of this office – how heavy and constant would be those burdens”  Both men were the second youngest to be elected to the highest office of their respective countries – Kennedy was 42, Trudeau one year older. International crises defined their first year, and, like Kennedy, Trudeau has fielded no shortage of opinions concerning how he should respond to the Paris attacks. Some think he should ramp…

Promise Fulfilled

Posted on February 28, 2015

THE WORK OF FOUR REMARKABLE Canadian women in South Sudan has been so inspiring that I am including my new London Free Press article here on their efforts.  Just link to http://www.lfpress.com/2015/02/26/pearson-a-london-groups-promise-14-years-ago-to-build-a-high-school-in-the-south-sudan-region-of-aweil-was-fulfilled-this-year-the-school-will-open-in-apriland see some great pictures, along with a description of their efforts.  This is inspiring stuff in a new nation struggling to find its feet.  Proud to know these four great champions.

Kayla Mueller is Free

Posted on February 11, 2015

Note:  The blog post is actually from my Huffington Post piece today on Kayla Mueller, the American aid worker who died recently.  Her courage and example are just so palpable that I wanted to send it out as a blog post. You can get to the post directly here. “We cannot be sure of having something to live for unless we are willing to die for it,” said Ernesto Guevara. If indeed true, then Kayla Mueller would have spent her final hours in deep assurance and firmness of conviction. Mueller’s death while under ISIS captivity was a situation full of irony. When ISIS officials, in a letter to her family, claimed that their daughter died from a Jordanian airstrike, the world looked on in…

What the Morning Never Suspected

Posted on September 23, 2014

WE ALL REGARD BEAUTY DIFFERENTLY, EACH OF US with our own interpretation of it. My own definition of it hasn’t altered much over the years, but it has definitely deepened. Much of my early life was spent in the Rocky Mountains – a vista spectacular enough to remain embedded in the mind and memory for a lifetime. It was likely there that I came to understand beauty as symmetry – a balancing of numerous factors that ultimately inspires the soul, transcends the mind, and creates its own desire for pursuit. All this is just a prologue to my wife Jane’s 50th birthday today. She is beautiful in her own right, but it’s the way that her life and actions are so poignantly balanced that…

Moving Beauty

Posted on September 23, 2013

I already have Jane’s tea made, waiting for her to wake up on her birthday.  We’ll go for lunch at our favourite restaurant and then likely catch a movie tonight.  But in sitting here waiting for her to get up, I realize my heart is filled with the kind of anticipation I have felt with her for years.  We’ll have tea on the porch swing shortly and that anticipation will only deepen. There’s a beauty about Jane that is purely multi-dimensional.  She possesses it in the physical sense, naturally, but it quickly leaps from there to other realities. Khalil Gibran, one of her favourite authors, notes that, “Beauty is not in the face; beauty is a light in the heart.”  Well, that’s a beginning,…

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