The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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Love Hurts

Posted on February 14, 2019

“Sometimes I can’t see myself when I’m with you.  I can only just see you,” wrote Jodi Lynn Anderson.  And then come those awful moments when you can’t see the person at all. The visitor known as “Death” has come and now all you can see is yourself.  Love is at its most tragic in such moments and when Valentine’s Day shows up on the calendar, it forms a kind of symphony to accompany your pain.  You dread it yet realize in the most meaningful of moments that it is the pain of losing that forms the basis of love – your affection and all that it has done to define you. Such is the anguish of Valentine’s Day.  In some ways it’s only fitting.  Its observance first came into being…

Life Among the Stones – Away in a Manger (Chapter 16)

Posted on January 27, 2019

The shops of Clerkenwell came alive at Christmas.  A civic culture that went back centuries had developed traditions and practices geared towards bringing citizens together through song, eating, celebrating, and, naturally, shopping.  A timely Christmas Eve falling of fresh snow introduced an even more heightened collective sentimentality. Sandy and Alberta had always maintained his family’s tradition of opening presents on Christmas Eve, exactly at midnight.  These had been some of the happiest moments of life for Jennifer and Robin and almost always led to nights of no sleep. This occasion was obviously going to be different, as everyone understood that it would likely be Alberta’s last.  That knowledge created a poignant sense of joy and tragedy that permeated everything the family did.  The routine was always the same –…

Summer Reflections – Physician, Heal Yourself

Posted on July 22, 2018

For centuries the word “sabbath” denoted a time of religious retreat, but in recent years it has come to be viewed as a necessary time of retreat to recalibrate ourselves to face the pressures of modern life. “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy,” was one of the original 10 Commandments – the third on the list – but it was a concept practiced by other religions and cultures around the world.  For some that meant focusing on God; for others it was a time of healing. It was centred on the idea that life during the week can not only drain us but also cause us to make decisions that in the long run are detrimental to our mental health.  There is…

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…

I Earned Them

Posted on March 2, 2012

The call came from one of those trendy American magazines that have found their niche and built a solid base of readers. They were doing a feature on past politicians who were attempting to make a difference in needy countries around the world. They chose one each from a number of nations, including India, Brazil, Britain, America and Japan. I was the Canadian. It would involve a writer and photographer coming up to London to hold an extensive session. I reminded them that I had actually been doing international development work for 40 years and hadn’t merely transitioned into that field. “Your work in Sudan is fascinating,” they responded, “and we would like to go ahead.” I was also asked to send along some…