The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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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 1 (The Dream)

Posted on September 22, 2018

Her eyes opened with a start.  The ceiling above her bed seemed to move back and forth like some kind of reflection on the water.  She drew a strange comfort from the familiarity of it and watched for a moment as the lights from the cars on the street below meandered in their usual fashion across the plaster above her. Meadow was surprised to feel her heart beating heavily in her chest – so loud that she swore she could hear its pounding rhythm in her ears.  She felt a slight perspiration on her upper lip and realized she must have been having a bad dream. And then the memory of it returned.  The tanned hand, crossed with deep and abiding veins, covered with…

Identity – Beyond Politics

Posted on March 26, 2013

It was one of the most profound moments of my political life.  Two days following my election loss I took my son Ater for lunch.  When we entered the crowded food court at one of the local malls some people started clapping and soon most others joined in.  I was overwhelmed, leaning in closer to Ater.  It was all a little perplexing until one store owner took me aside, saying, “Know what that was about?  Until you got elected you were the food bank guy and we all love the food bank.  But when you became a politician you were a Liberal and right away people fell along party lines and saw you different because not all are of that persuasion.  Now that you’re…

Identity – Tartans, Kilts and Zombies

Posted on March 12, 2013

“Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were,” wrote Marcel Proust, and he was correct. We often see this kind of phenomenon in how many pressing for political reform embrace democracy’s past.  They imagine a simpler time, a kind of small community functionality, where citizens got together at a local assembly hall and determined their future – a Norman Rockwell existence.  This was indeed reality in many rural communities, but in larger cities and in federal jurisdictions decisions were pursued and confirmed at the rarified levels of political backrooms.  By and large, citizens were pawns in an elitist chess match that were merely permitted their own say every few years when there was an election. There never was…

Identity – You and We

Posted on February 19, 2013

Communities have their own kind of DNA.  They came together over years of development, experience, leadership, tough times, migration, ups and down of economies, artistic expression, politics and citizenship, to name but a few.  Whether we are born into the place where we now live or moved into it at some point, it has special characteristics that existed long before we came along.  Often, despite its drawbacks, we choose where we live because we like what history has made of our habitat. A person can spend a lifetime in such environs and add little to their overall community.  The needs of survival mean they must take from it; but if they wish their community to progress they must give back.  This is the essence…

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