Author Archives: Ben Mitchell-Lewis

The Cabin (Part V)

(Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV) Sarah and Lucy had just returned from town. They, unlike I, had walked back and forth, and had also stopped to buy a few groceries. The timing was almost perfect. As I pulled … Continue reading

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The Cabin (Part IV)

(Part I, Part II, and Part III)  My morning routine takes me to the post office, cup of coffee and newspaper in hand. It’s been like that for years now, since I quit my job at the hardware store and started … Continue reading

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The Cabin (Part III)

(Part I and Part II. Sorry, I think the formatting is a bit wonky here.) There are three chairs here, all of worn leather. Worn might be putting it lightly—one came from the dump, one from a used furniture warehouse, … Continue reading

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The Cabin (Part II)

This is Part II of an earlier post called The Cabin. The whole story will be posted in pieces over the coming days and weeks. Inside the little house the furniture was sparse, the kitchen ill equipped, and the decorations … Continue reading

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Returns

The “soft” defeat packed a little more punch than first anticipated, but I’m back. More than a month has passed, and I won’t pretend that I can even begin to catch up. I’ve changed tack—looking ahead, I won’t post every … Continue reading

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A Soft Defeat

Even though “Beginnings” are short, writing seven of them in a row is pretty damn hard. So, in light of that, my plan to schedule posts for the whole next week has gone out the window. I admit a slight … Continue reading

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Beginnings #15: Empty Roads

The road was long and straight.  And empty.  Northern Nevada is pretty desolate at 5:00 in the morning.  I hadn’t seen any other headlights for what seemed like hours.  Dawn was starting to show itself over the hills and the … Continue reading

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Beginnings #14: Garfield

Peter was always annoyed that his last name was Garfield, since he’d been reading the Sunday comics since he could, and before then he’d always looked at the pictures. He read the cartoons last though; first it was the business, … Continue reading

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Beginnings #13: The Cane

On the cracked, crumbling, cement sidewalk young Billy Conrad walked each day to the store on the corner and bought one dollar’s worth of bulk dark chocolate. As the years passed, the amount lessened with raising prices, but on the … Continue reading

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In the Woods

Starting next Friday (the 16th), I’ll be spending alternate weeks deep in the woods, caretaking at an AMC hut. I’ll try to write and schedule enough posts beforehand so my steady posting is uninterrupted. If some are missing, don’t lose faith. And … Continue reading

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