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Articles by Cameron Neil Ishee

Cameron Nell Ishee (she/her) is a writer and research program administrator most recently from Vermont, whose roots include the Mississippi Gulf Coast. This is the first time her work has been published, and she celebrated with chilaquiles (the best breakfast food).

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It was a typical Thursday, except for the potatoes. Dario and Vin stared down at the heap of them: crispy hash browns here, grilled home fries there. A half-dozen peeled spuds sat in a bucket of cold water, waiting for a turn that wouldn’t come.

“Huh,” Vin said.

“Huh,” Dario agreed. 

“I don’t think this has ever happened before,” Vin commented.

“Not while I’ve worked here,” Dario concurred. 

“So what do we do with … ” Vin gestured. It was a little helpless, a half-limp sweep of the sheer volume of uneaten potatoes in the kitchen. 

Zinnia poked her head in from the front-of-house. “Honestly,” she said. “... Read more