The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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A Woman’s Place Is In The …

Posted on January 15, 2014

  IN A COUPLE OF DAYS, JANE HEADS TO SOUTH SUDAN with two other formidable women to oversee our projects in that troubled region of Africa.  It happens every year, regardless of circumstances either here at home or over there.  Commitment like Jane’s knows no irregularities. I was asked for coffee by someone last week who wanted me to know that I wasn’t fulfilling my role as a husband because I was letting my wife head into a conflict region.  “She needs you there to take care of her, Glen, in case something happens,” he observed. For the next 30 minutes I took him through Jane’s remarkable exploits around the world, in places like Rwanda, Bosnia and Somalia.  I told him of when she travelled…

The Next “Big” Word

Posted on November 13, 2013

We often attempt to define the world we live in by the use of a word or a phrase.  We had the Stone, Iron, Industrial, Information, and now Technological Ages.  When society is moving along without too many extremes, the requirement for words isn’t as essential, but when things get out-of-place or rocky we fall back on singular phrases or words to capture our predicament. Aldous Huxley noted in his Brave New World, “Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly.  They’ll go through anything.  You read and you’re pierced.”  Thus we got the “Roaring Twenties,” the “Depression,” the “Era of Civil Rights,” or the universal “Globalization.” Slowly, inexorably, a new term is consistently showing up in conversations and media venues that…


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