A (very) Late Introduction Brothers Campfire


I have been posting for several months and an introduction is long overdue.

My name is Benjamin. (Smiles and waves)


I am a correctional professional. I supervise an institutional kitchen and am certified to teach staff first aid, self defense, and cell extractions.

My education is mostly from the school of hard knocks and reading.

The hard knocks are for another post. I have read the Bible and an ancient version of World Book Encyclopedia A-Z multiple times throughout my life.

My Bible
My Encyclopedias

I completed my GED as an adult. This used to embarrass me until I discovered that recounting this experience motivates my incarcerated charges to pursue an education for themselves.
I tell them that to learn algebra, I checked out a book from the library and began at page 1.

When I began my employment as an officer, I did not know how to type. Since, I have written hundreds of reports so I have improved a little.

Writing standardized reports and enforcing
Administrative Regulations,Standard Operating Procedures and Posted Operational Rules
Makes one boring.

” Oh Brother,” one might say.

I needed an outlet and began to type. First, it was on a GPS game.

Creativity welled inside, bursting at the seams to get out and represent itself in a productive manner. I began successfully writing poems for ingame cash. I would post,

” To all ranks and stations, a poem for your donations!”
Galvin, The Bard was born.

The Bard

Some game players wanted raw emotion and scary stories. Jeptha The Beast made his debut.

The Beast

The Bard and the Beast were my bread and butter for ingame cash. However, I had my limits as to what I would write for ingame coin.

As keystrokes hit the digital page, a rule following no nonsense curmudgeon came to life.
Emerson, the Brother.

The Brother

Me, I am Benjamin, telling stories and working on my typing. I am proud to say I am 40,000 word in!

I would like to say thank you to those that have encouraged me to write. It has been invigorating. I would also like to thank the artist who provided drawings for portions of my blog. You are remarkable, and at your request, anonymous. Thank you for believing in me!

As I find my writing style, I hope you enjoy my ongoing story about the Land of La Longi and the Village of Northwich!

Author: Benjamin

Benjamin Thiel is a community leader, urban farmer, and author of The Ongoing Tale at Brothers Campfire. He might know a guy...

26 thoughts on “A (very) Late Introduction Brothers Campfire

  1. herbthiel says:

    Very cool origin story. I, for one, am looking forward to many more adventures in Northwich and La Longi.

  2. JarOfPoetry says:

    Now that, was an introduction.
    Plus, 40k words in…*whistles
    That’s a feat all onto itself

    Keep writing man!

    1. Benjamin says:

      Well, we all know Jar of Poetry needs but a few words to speak volumes!
      Thank you for the compliment and encouragment!

  3. Lisa Coleman says:

    Kudos to you for you accomplishments. Mine came from the marine corps. Talk about hard Knox. Nice meeting you! Keep writing!

  4. kristianw84 says:

    Lovely to meet you, Benjamin!! Wow, you have done remarkably well, congratulations on all of your accomplishments!! There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of for getting your GED and continuing your education as an adult. If anything, I think it’s more courageous to do so! I’m happy you are writing and I look forward to reading more from you!! <3

      1. Carol Anne says:

        I am diagnosed with did dissociative identity disorder and complex PTSD I go to therapy weekly and see a psychiatrist and usually my blogs are around that or sometimes a blog about random stuff to anything to do with my life I’m more than likely to blog about it

  5. Lia says:

    This was so so so very cool to read. Just loved it. Wonderful!! Especially the GED story and how you inspire inmates with it. I get kind of emotional about that because I love hearing about people who make inmates lives better and easier and help them get out of the situation they are in. Thanks for sharing this. Also loved hearing about how you wrote in-game poems for donations! Very inspiring. Will tell my gaming boys about this idea. :))

    1. Benjamin says:

      Thank you Lia! I find it important to teach life skills to those that will eventually be our neighbors. I am encouraged by your pleasant paragraph. You are inspiring!

      1. Lia says:

        Thanks Benjamin, I feel the same about you! And that smiles and waves bit made me laugh, too. πŸ˜†πŸŒŠπŸ‘Œ


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