My Life Above the Clouds

My Life Above the Clouds


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Who hasn't dreamed of escaping a humdrum existence, shredding unrelenting debts, thumbing a nose at ravenous utility behemoths, and fleeing to some remote mountain hideaway? Ben did! Pull up a chair, pour a pleasing beverage, and follow his journey as he strives to exist off the grid, on ten magnificent acres atop an Idaho mountain. In that isolated setting, as he labors to convert its tiny cabin into a self-sufficient abode, he began to imagine that he was evolving into a modern-day Henry David Thoreau. His story chronicles, with humor and wisdom, his first year with his struggles, trials, errors, lessons learned, blunders made, friends acquired, and curious encounters with neighborhood wildlife. It is informative, enlightening, funny, and inspirational. Military yarns, trucker's tales, and anecdotes abound, and liberally laced with the wit and wisdom of Henry David.

BENJAMIN M. SCRIBNER was born and raised in New England and attended Brewster Academy on the shores of the Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. At seventeen he enlisted in the United States Navy, trained as a Torpedo Man, and served ten years in various commands. Following his discharge he became a long-haul trucker. Soon after September 11th he reenlisted in the Naval Reserves, was deployed to the Persian Gulf and served as a Seabee's equipment operator. His Naval career ended with a Medical Discharge subsequent to a year spent at the Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego. He currently divides his time between his mountaintop home and driving his big rig part-time throughout the Northwest and Canada.

MARGARET ROSE SCRIBNER is a semi-retiree, artist, entrepreneur, writer, and recorder of Ben's stories. She has been published in Yankee Magazine, New Hampshire Profiles, New Hampshire Editions, and recently self-published a children's picture book, Hannah's Incredible Cow, plus an anthology, A Sitting Ovation.

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ISBN-13: 9781632930507
Publisher: Sunstone Press
Publication date: 02/06/2015
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

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My Life Above the Clouds 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Thrythwynn More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.  What really struck me about Ben's journey was a deep love and reverence for nature and for creating something with his own two hands.  I deeply admire his dedication to making this place on a mountain top in Idaho his own, as well as to do so as much off the grid as possible.  The anecdotes from his past experiences, as well as more current ones, occurring during his long haul trips add to the overall picture of who he was and is.  Interspersed throughout the book are quotes from Henry David Thoreau, as well as other authors, that add flavor to each chapter and demonstrate the parallels with Henry David Thoreau's life.  There are places in the book that are flowing with imagery that make me yearn to see the mountain for myself.  He talks about his respect for the local wildlife, the trials and successes of discovering how best to go about fixing up the half-built cabin already there, laying in enough wood to make it through the winter, and the other people on the mountain with him.  There is so much here that is beautiful!    
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This humorous journal of an attempt to live semi off-grid is an easy read. Many I know would love to try something like this, but do not have the gumption to try it. I enjoyed the trials and tribulations related here and the campfire telling of a good read. I will definitely buy a sequel if it is available.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so many glaring untruths you can tell it is nothing but a work of fiction. There are thousands of people living off grid and have all the modern convenience. As for the other tales they seem to be nothing more than that. Don't waste you money on this I am sorry I did