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League of Inveterate Poets

The out-of-context contextuality of a foolish sage

Podcast #6: Geeks, Nerds and Cockroaches

| August 10, 2010

A brief hiatus from our story of high school band guts and glory, in which our hero sacrifices himself for science to become the Jane Goodall of the geek/nerd kingdom, if only for four days.

Podcast #5: Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory, Part 3

| July 18, 2010

In Part 3 of this story, we follow our hero back into the murky recesses of the school band farm team system, where his fate is about to be decided without his knowledge, as is the wont of fates. Listen to Part 1 of this story | Listen to Part 2 of this story Listen […]

Jerusalem, Next Year

| July 17, 2010

Some readers may not be aware that the Foolish Sage is in a little tussle with cancer this year. Rectal cancer, to be exact. Runs in the family, and it ran into me. So far this year I’ve been through a period of pre-operative radiation and chemo, then major surgery to remove a good piece of my innards. Now I’m in the midst of some aggressive post-op chemo. After each infusion (every three weeks), I’m pretty sick for a week or more. This past week has been the worst so far; I’ve only been able to be out of bed for about four or five hours at a time. Hence the blog falling silent.

Podcast #4: Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory, Part 2

| July 13, 2010

In Part 2 of this story, our hero finds marching band as a secure, if only seasonal, safe haven in the social storms of high school. His contentment only lasts until he hears of a further Promised Land just over the horizon. It’s a story of how a marching band geek became a rock star, […]

Podcast #3: Alan Helm’s Afternoon of Glory, Part 1

| July 2, 2010

In Part 1 of this story, a chance mention of a rock band to a friend opens the door to a memory of my 15 minutes of fame. It’s a story of how a marching band geek became a rock star, if only for one brief but happy moment. Listen to the podcast using the […]

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