Episode 9 Is *Wick*ed Good

Episode 9: By Candlelight

Inside the cathedral, Muck has his first encounter with a pet spider. Muck then confesses how his luxurious home and his family were destroyed in a fire he might have accidentally started. The two rats have differing opinions on how long Muck can reside in the bell tower.

For the curious, here are some articles about how dark humor is healing, as well as the book about resilience mentioned in the introduction:

“Awfully Funny”

“Smart People Have a Dark Sense of Humor”

Bouncing Back: Rewiring Your Brain for Maximum Resilience and Well-Being by Linda Graham

Summer is the perfect time for a road trip and recently, Blister and Muck hit the road to visit the Rio Grande School in Santa Fe New Mexico. We made a Zoom visit to Ms. Ashlee Pagoda’s 5th and 6th grade classrooms. I want to give a big shout-out to Sophia, Gabriel, Anisha, Ruby, Thomas, Anna Alice, Luke, Sasha, Holden, and all the other students who wrote some amazing animal explorations. If you’d like Blister and Muck to visit your school or your public library, use the Contact form on this site or send an email to contact@blisterandmuck.com.

If your family is planning a summer road trip, you can add this podcast to your playlists on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, and just about anywhere podcasts are found. I am super stoked to announce that Blister and Muck is also now available on Google Podcasts.

Special thanks to composer Roland Rudzitis for serving up the Blister and Muck theme song. Additional music from John Bartmann and Monplaisir. Mark DiAngelo provided the wind. Daniel Simon and JaBa brought the fire sounds. Mike Koenig served up the thunder, rain, ocean, and electricity. Every day, every week, I am grateful for my family, friends, and fans. One for one and all for you!

By jenmichellemason

Jenny is a story hunter. She has explored foreign countries, canyon mazes, and burial crypts to gather the facts that make good stories. Once, she sniffed a 200-year-old skull...for research purposes. Jenny received an M.Phil from Trinity College Dublin and holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from VCFA. She has authored nearly 20 STEM books for young readers. Her inquisitive and funny nonfiction articles have appeared in Mountain Flyer, Cobblestone, and Muse magazines. Jenny also works as a freelance copy writer for nonprofits and small businesses.

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