Ben was home schooled in Southern California until he attended Thomas Aquinas College in 2005, from which he would graduate ten years later. Not all of those years were spent at school; he took a six-year side-jaunt from the straight and narrow to enlist in the US marines (he no longer insists on being addressed as Sergeant). After college, he gardened for three years and is now pursuing a Masters in Theology at Ave Maria University in Florida. He is eagerly looking forward to leaving Florida behind him next summer, as he pines for the mountain paths and his California gardens. While confined in Florida, he looks for beauty elsewhere and spends his free time reading English novels, painting landscapes, and watching films others find boring.