Items by Michael Branch

Big Dan, a couple of beers and thousands of honeybees
Big Dan, a couple of beers and thousands of honeybees
A tale of removing a bee infestation.
Rants from the Hill: After many years of essay writing, a wave goodbye
Rants from the Hill: After many years of essay writing, a wave goodbye
All good Rants must come to an end and this marks the final missive from the Ranting Hill.
Rants from the Hill: A romance in Reno, land of the second chance
Rants from the Hill: A romance in Reno, land of the second chance
The Ranter remembers being struck down by love for Tonya Harding, the fallen ice skater.
Rants from the Hill: Reno is a desert city with a river heart
Rants from the Hill: Reno is a desert city with a river heart
The Ranter recalls playing an unexpected concert on the banks of the Truckee River.
Rants from the Hill: A Christmas tree grows in the Nevada desert
Rants from the Hill: A Christmas tree grows in the Nevada desert
The pinyon offers an alternative to artificial or commercially farmed trees.
Rants from the Hill: As winter looms, a final foray to close out the season
Rants from the Hill: As winter looms, a final foray to close out the season
My annual transect of our neighborhood mountain takes a turn for the perilous.
Rants from the Hill: Fall brings a new bird to the neighborhood
Rants from the Hill: Fall brings a new bird to the neighborhood
A Northern Mockingbird stops by, its varied song a reminder of October's restless nature.
Rants from the Hill: The aliens that make Nevada home
Rants from the Hill: The aliens that make Nevada home
Military history, conspiracy theories and the landscape itself make Nevada ground zero for the bizarre and otherworldly.
Rants from the Hill: Don't fence me in
Rants from the Hill: Don't fence me in
Marking our territory with wildlife-friendly fences.
Rants from the Hill: Watching the desert flood
Rants from the Hill: Watching the desert flood
When the ghost rivers rage in Nevada.
Rants from the Hill: Such Sweet Sorrow
Rants from the Hill: Such Sweet Sorrow
An Airy Meditation on Flatulence and Independence.
Rants from the Hill: The adventures of Sir Rantsalot in the dead tree forest
Rants from the Hill: The adventures of Sir Rantsalot in the dead tree forest
On the virtues of cutting and burning wood.
Rants from the Hill: Will the real fake John Muir please stand up?
Rants from the Hill: Will the real fake John Muir please stand up?
Searching for authentic identity in Chautauqua season.
Rants from the Hill: Scaling Lone Tree
Rants from the Hill: Scaling Lone Tree
Learning to see a one-tree forest in the Great Basin Desert.
Rants from the Hill: Scout's honor
Rants from the Hill: Scout's honor
How I earned the excommunication merit badge.
Rants from the Hill: Hedgehog comes to the High Desert
Rants from the Hill: Hedgehog comes to the High Desert
Welcoming a fifteen-million-year-old animal to the Ranting Hill
Rants from the Hill: An Assay on Old Lang Syne Peak
Rants from the Hill: An Assay on Old Lang Syne Peak
Taking a right gude willie waught for the turning year.
Hunting for scorpions
Hunting for scorpions
Seeking one of Earth’s most ancient land invertebrates.
Rants from the Hill: Desert Insomnia
Rants from the Hill: Desert Insomnia
Living the not-so-quiet life in the rural West.
Rants from the Hill: What’s Drier than David Sedaris?
Rants from the Hill: What’s Drier than David Sedaris?
The Ranter Defends Both Nevadans and Count Chocula.
Rants from the Hill: How to Cuss in Western
Rants from the Hill: How to Cuss in Western
When “Airin’ the Lungs” is registered at the swear jar.
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.
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