The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

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The Third Place (Chapter 16) – A Deeper Acceptance

Posted on August 19, 2018

The national attention brought to the Third Place by the Home Comfort feature was obviously good for business, especially after such a positive review, but its popularity was already great regardless. Still, we accommodated the heavier crowds as best we could. Yet something had altered in how people saw the establishment.  The novelty of gaining national and international attention at a time when our mid-sized city was down on its luck provided the community a boost, a sense of hope despite the difficult economic times.  Even local media picked up on the notoriety, with some even requesting Dad to do an interview.  As usual, he turned down most of these requests and chose to concentrate instead on working with his customers. For years, younger generations had…

The Third Place (Chapter 15) – Insight

Posted on August 18, 2018

Finn and I were at Stacey’s – a trendy bar a few blocks from the restaurant – when Daisy hustled in and placed the HomeComfortmagazine directly in front of us.  There on the glossy cover were the four of us – Mom, Dad, Daisy and me – seated on the side porch swing and obviously comfortable. Daisy sat down beside me so we could look at it together. Alessandra’s photo had captured everything, and perfectly.  The trees, foliage and brook behind us were very slightly blurred, leaving our faces to stand out.  Everything was rich in colour and we remembered Alessandra telling us all about the “golden hour” and how more photos and videos had been taken in that period than any other hour of…

The Third Place (Chapter 13) – In Depth

Posted on August 15, 2018

The magazine had been a North American staple for thirty years, somehow emerging into the digital era with a colourful and in-depth glossy publication coupled with a highly polished digital facsimile.  With hundreds of similar folksy and craft-oriented competitors, Home Comfort never relinquished its top ranking in publications. It was a delightful day in late-spring when the two of them occupied one of the rounded balconies, outside on the second floor, where Dad was situated at a slight angle to the sun and Alessandra sat off to the side.  It was essentially a video shoot and partial interview, with Alessandra shooting film that would eventually appear on the magazine’s digital version.  While Finn and Daisy handled things downstairs, Mom and I were permitted to sit…

The Third Place (Chapter 12) – Home Comfort

Posted on August 14, 2018

She just appeared one day at lunch, looking professional – coiffed and elegant. Alessandra Acampora was bewitching in her own way that was mildly intoxicating.  She came through the front door wearing a summery short dress and white straw hat, her legs tanned and her hair sun-touched.  For fifty-two years of age she looked amazing. She was likely Home Comfort magazine’s best-known writer – cosmopolitan, well-travelled, but with a keen sense of the practical.  Her taste for those accoutrements that turned a house into an intimate gathering place reflected her Brazilian origins and interest in places that comfortably fit into their environment.  Over her eighteen-year career with the magazine she had featured the homes of movie stars, famous writers and pop stars, even the home of…

The Third Place (Chapter 4) – The House

Posted on August 4, 2018

There’s no better way to describe it: the restaurant just took off.  Dad had judged the public’s mood correctly and they flocked to the grand old house in the village, not to escape but to engage.  I never saw any analysis of this, but from what others said, conversation in the Third Place centered more on politics, citizenship, community responsibility and proper journalism than any other similar establishment.  I believe now, after the passing of a number of years, that father’s intention for establishing the restaurant had more to do with his view of integral community life than anything to do with just starting his own business.  There was a design to it from the outset, though I was too young at the time…

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