Items by Michael Branch

Rants from the Hill: The Bucket List
Rants from the Hill: The Bucket List
When making a to-do list is the most important thing on your to-do list.
Rants from the Hill: Hunting for Scorpions
Rants from the Hill: Hunting for Scorpions
Seeking out one of Earth’s most ancient land invertebrates.
Rants from the Hill: “Lawn Guilt”
Rants from the Hill: “Lawn Guilt”
Rationalizing the devil’s crop
Rants from the Hill: Planting the Dog
Rants from the Hill: Planting the Dog
A new ritual for sending your pet to heaven.
Rants from the Hill: The Moopets
Rants from the Hill: The Moopets
When even the Muppets trash your home town.
Rants from the Hill: Road Captain
Rants from the Hill: Road Captain
What happens when a redneck gets a promotion.
Rants from the Hill: IH8 DMV
Rants from the Hill: IH8 DMV
On a quest to find the perfect vanity license plate.
Rants from the Hill: The Great Basin Sea Monster
Rants from the Hill: The Great Basin Sea Monster
How to build a forty-foot marine reptile out of stove logs
Rants from the Hill: Out on Misfits Flat
Rants from the Hill: Out on Misfits Flat
Finding the desert where the death of the Old West was shot.
In defense of bibliopedestrianism
In defense of bibliopedestrianism
A writer’s love of reading while walking in Nevada’s Great Basin desert.
Rants from the Hill: Speaking of Wild Horses
Rants from the Hill: Speaking of Wild Horses
Why read the article when you can read the thread instead?
Rants from the Hill: Towering Cell Phone Trees
The cell phone tower disguised as a tree is the new invasive exotic.
Rants from the Hill: Seashells on Desert Mountaintops
A story of the old earth and its young inhabitants.
Rants from the Hill: The Washoe Zephyr
A wind that is by no means a trifling matter.
Rants from the Hill: Arid lands bibliopedestrianism
A modest defense of reading while walking.
Rants from the Hill: Time for a Tree House
An arboreal retreat for ... kids?
Rants from the Hill: Most likely to secede
On the seductive virtues of declaring independence
Rants from the hill: Trapping the bees
What to do when 50,000 honeybees hive up inside the walls of your house
Rants from the Hill: Feral child
On the triumph of nature over nurture
Rants from the Hill: Upon the burning of our house
On joining a pyrotechnic American literary tradition
Rants from the Hill: Chicken pastorale
In which the virtues of country life turn out to be a delicious form of self delusion
Rants from the Hill: A prospect from the singing mountain
How the Ranter rolled into the new year in a dramatic fashion
Rants from the Hill: Trial by jury
In which a jury of Great Basinians is put on trial
Rants from the Hill: My home lake
When the most important thing in a lake is not water
Rants from the Hill: Harvesting the Desert Shoe Tree
How a tree helped a little girl overcome her love of the Dodgers
Rants from the Hill: Pleistocene rewilding
Lions and tigers and bears (in Nevada), oh my!
Rants from the Hill: Beauregard puppy
Observations on the cheap virtues of an expensive dog
Of balloons, littering and birthday parties
Of balloons, littering and birthday parties
When you're a curmudgeon in Nevada's high desert, you regard deflated, abandoned balloons as an especially vile form of trash – until it's your daughter's birthday party, and she "needs" to airlift some balloons.
Rants from the Hill: I brake for Rants
Experiments with the polemics of bumper stickers
Rants from the Hill: Sorry, Utah
A diatribe in which balloons are trashed