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 17 (Revelation)

Posted on October 23, 2018

They chose to lunch in town at a diner near the Inn, but the mood was sombre – its source being the sense of inability to move on just when she had arrived at the place in her life when she desired to head off in a new direction. “Well, there is one thing I gained that never would have happened if I hadn’t climbed into the Ford and driven here.” “And that is?” “Me,” she interjected with an attempt at a smile.  “I saw what I would become – or couldbecome if the fates were different.” He sipped his coffee, obviously thinking over what she had just said.  “I didn’t know you believed in fate.  When you were in my class all those…

Summer Reflections – Half of Life, Half of Death

Posted on July 17, 2018

Ronald Rotheiser issues a challenge in his Forgotten Among the Lilies, and it’s worth taking up as a summer test.  Prompting us to have a good look in the mirror, he says: “Scrutinize and examine, look for signs of ageing, but spend that time looking into your eyes.  What do they reveal?  Are they tired, unenthusiastic, cynical, lifeless, lacking in sparkle, hardened?  . . . Is there any fire there?  Does passion still burn?  Are they weary of experiencing, incapable of being surprised?  Is there still a young child buried somewhere behind them?” It used to be that such insights were directed to those reaching senior years, but not anymore. There’s been too much research telling us that depression, loneliness, mental illness and a quiet desperation…

A Tale of Three Rivers

Posted on February 10, 2015

IT WAS ONLY THREE DECADES AGO that Pittsburgh was deemed to be dying – an urban nightmare with polluted rivers, crumbling inner core, steadily declining employment, and a population fleeing for greener pastures. Yet the city my wife and I visited this past weekend showed rare traces of such a blighted past. Instead, we were caught up in a city life teeming with creativity, investment, and a keen new belief in itself. In just few years it has transformed from a warning to a model. We had first been invited down by officials this past summer for the 15th anniversary of their RiverLife project. Rarely had we witnessed a waterfront so teeming with possibilities. Even though this past weekend’s visit was in the midst of…

Have a Little Faith

Posted on June 12, 2014

IT MIGHT VERY WELL HAVE BEEN A SEMINAL MOMENT in London politics, though I doubt anyone realizes it yet. The London Community Foundation had just presented a proposal that would bring numerous partners together to stage an international design competition for a large stretch of the Thames River. There was positive energy in the gallery, among the city administration present, and also from the politicians on the committee that would pass it on to a larger council vote. The chair of the committee – a seasoned politician – expressed his concern that the Foundation’s proposal and leadership was perhaps all vision and little reality. Whether he understood it or not, he was quickly letting the air out of the Council chambers. Perhaps seeking some…

  

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