The Parallel Parliament

Glen Pearson

Posts tagged “personality

Building an Interior World

Posted on March 3, 2019

At 68 years of age, Dr. Edith Bone emerged from her Budapest prison near the end of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, her spirit intact.  Walking through the prison gates following her seven-year sentence, Bone was encircled by photographers and journalists, at the ready to describe and capture and image of an aging woman left desolate and downcast, just like others before her. It wasn’t to be.  As she moved through them and onto the bus that would take her to the British Embassy, she smiled.  They walked away disappointed but impressed. Dr. Bone had been a medical doctor, prioritizing her life around care for the poor and distressed. Eventually she journeyed to England for 16 years, but returned to Budapest in 1949, the Second World War now over.   But…

The Secret Nook – Epilogue

Posted on November 4, 2018

The final step was a big one and he slipped as he descended to the pavement.  Luckily, the bus driver, with a practiced preparedness, caught him on the way down, avoiding the inevitable crunch that would likely have occurred.  The older man bowed in appreciation, then went to the side of the bus to claim his rolling bag. For Duyi Koay, it had been some 15 years since he had been to Williamsburg.  His partial paralysis had made travel complicated and frequently painful, causing him to build his world around his studio outside of Clifton Forge.  A series of taxis waiting in a lengthy line provided a sense of relief as he ventured over to the leading vehicle. “Need a ride, sir?” the driver…

The Secret Nook – Chapter 12 (The Portrait)

Posted on October 12, 2018

Duyi Koay had been busy. It took only a couple of calls to learn that his former prodigy was housed at the Red Lantern Inn, the proprietor of which was a former student of his.  He had arrived at the Inn with a package wrapped in white rice paper almost at the same time as Meadow walked in through the front door.  They looked at one another, seemingly frozen in time and emotion. With effort he held up the package in his arms and pointed it towards her.  She remained in place, fighting to hold back the tears that she knew would eventually come – just not now. If Koay was hoping for better, he didn’t show it.  He placed the white package on a house…

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…

Answers vs. Solutions

Posted on March 6, 2018

“The saddest aspect of life right now is that science gathers knowledge faster than society gathers wisdom,” wrote Isaac Asimov in a moment of frustration.  Was he correct?  Of course he was.  The Information Age brings us new findings every minute of the day and our ability to assimilate that knowledge for the betterment of our communities doesn’t so much depend on our brain as our character. Everyone has answers these days, as our digital screens display relentless bits of information, research findings, and happenings across the globe.  People are finding answers for everything – how to fix an eavestrough, invest in stocks, tend a garden or hold a meeting.  Our days are daily journeys of discovery that assist with practical solutions or just…