Items by Michael Branch

The legend of the horned rabbit of the West
The legend of the horned rabbit of the West
Jackalopes have migrated from Wyoming across the nation, but what’s really known about the mythical creature?
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
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