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AN INVITATION

Today, I want to say, Welcome to Season 2!

Wait, what? Derek, I didn’t even know we were doing Seasons here? Did I miss something?

No, you didn’t miss anything. Let me explain.

I’ve approached this journey with this Podcast with the attitude of “why not?” I loved the idea (and still do), so why the hell not, right? And also because I have this endless desire to create and always with the hope that what I create can inspire someone else to take that leap to bring their own ideas and dreams into reality.

So, it’s along that vein, that I decided to take this little detour and do something a bit different over the next month or so. Because, why not?

Today, I want to extend to you an invitation, to go on a little journey with me as I write my first novel.

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Inter|View (Podcast Episode 6)

INTRO

Hello and welcome to The Roaming Scholar Podcast

My name is Derek, and I am The Roaming Scholar.

Today, I’m going to do something a little different as this is episode 6 and a special milestone in my mind. Halfway to the full year and also coming right after the New Year I thought this was perfect timing to do what I’m going to do. Dream. Instead of a traditional short story, I’ve put something together here that is still for your entertainment, but it is also an exercise in dreaming that you can all try on your own. You’ll also get to learn a lot about myself along the way.

Today’s story is called, “Inter-View.” “Inter” is a latin prefix that means “between.” And “to view” is to see or look at something. So, this story is all about an attempt to view what life might look like between what I see now and what I might see in the future. It’s a dreamed up interview with myself and some interviewer. It’s a Podcast interview, within this Podcast. Like a dream within a dream… it’s a Podcast Inception! Continue reading Inter|View (Podcast Episode 6)

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Nature (Podcast Episode 5)

Quindo’s Introduction

   Hello. I am sending you this because my friend Jin asked me to. More importantly, I am sending you this because I want to, because I feel I need to. I want you to experience what Jin has helped me to experience:  an awakening. I am now aware and understand the truth of our World that is hidden in plain sight. The truth is frightening, but still, it is liberating. You must listen to the whole story, as the story itself serves as the tool for your awakening.

    You see, my friend Jin approached me one night as I was leaving the restaurant where I am a Chef. As always I left out the side door to take out some trash before I would go home for the day. I heaved the two bags in my hands into the dumpster, and then I almost screamed when Jin popped out from behind it. 

    “It’s me, Jin,” he said in a whisper. He nearly gave me a heart attack, and I was scolding him for doing so when he put his hand up to interrupt me. That’s when I saw his face. He held an expression I had never seen on anyone before. Jin was worried, afraid, and his eyes were focused on mine very intensely. He spoke in an urgent whisper. 

    “Listen to me closely. We don’t have much time, and I don’t want you to be in danger too, but I also must do what is necessary.” I tried to ask a question, but he just put his hand up again to stop me, and I resigned to just listen.  Continue reading Nature (Podcast Episode 5)

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Ripples: Part 2 (Podcast Episode 4)

Chapter 1 

FEAR MAKES FOOLS OF US ALL

    Taylor stood in the corner of the large room admiring her work. The room was simple, but elegant, which perfectly reflected the somber subject matter that brought everyone together, and the prominent nature of the guests themselves. She was in a room of World leaders, Ambassadors, and leading Scientists from around the World. Amongst all of this, for that brief moment standing in the corner of the room, she felt like she was one of them. She felt like she really fit in, dressed in her black gown with flecks of silver sprinkled throughout. Subtle jewelry accented the silver in her dress, and her hair was done up with a silver barrette to pull it all together. She felt like she could walk up to The British Prime Minister, or The President of The United States and start a conversation and it would be a normal thing. Then, the moment was over, and she was brought back to reality now acutely aware of the small headset she was wearing to communicate with her staff as the kitchen manager called to her.

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Ripples: Part 1 (Podcast Episode 3)

Introduction

The headlines on the newsstands all said it was, “The End” in one way or another. The end of days, of Earth, of Humanity. It was a bleak sight to see before entering her office building, and the energy from the people inside gave the impression that it had already happened. People were walking like zombies. Heads down, moving slowly, which was strange for NYC. When Taylor got to her floor, she was the first one there as always and welcomed the silence, the stillness, and the lack of “doomsday energy.” It had been a whole month since, “The Vision,” which is all anyone called it now, and Taylor definitely felt like the oddball around as she was still going about her life in a relatively normal fashion. While others were building bunkers and putting together life insurance policies, Taylor was still doing what she did best: plan events. And, the apparent approach of the end of the world brought in a lot of business as people wanted to party and they weren’t holding anything back monetarily. Taylor was in a meeting with a new client going over ideas for their 8-year anniversary party when Taylor’s assistant opened the office door and walked in with purpose to her stride. Continue reading Ripples: Part 1 (Podcast Episode 3)