Episode 18 is the Season One Finale

Episode 18: A Nested Develoment

Tempers flare when Blister discovers Muck opened the bell tower as an overflow refuge to creatures cramped in Madam Putreska’s caverns. Spindle finds the new guests especially frightening. When Blister lies to Muck about his upcoming role in the Lady Jana’s revolution, the rats’ budding connection cracks.

For the curious, here are links to excellent videos, books, and articles related to the intro discussion about how family structures have changed over time, plus inspiring stories about people who find and choose new families during crises:

“The Nuclear Family Was a Mistake” by David Brooks

Quantity and Quality in Family Ties

Explore a “Kinship” Home

“Finding Connection Through ‘Chosen Family’ by Jeremy Nobel

Organ Donation Turns Two Strangers into Family

A Study on the Relationships Between Caregivers and the Elderly

Circus Performers Build Family Ties

I’d like to ask you to imagine you’ve been sitting at your favorite restaurant. Now imagine that restaurant served you and 18-course meal. Bite after bite, you delighted in all the flavors. Finally, you untuck your napkin from your shirt collar and ask for the bill. The restaurant staff tells you there’s no charge. That entire sumptuous meal was free. My hope is you next imagine yourself leaving a generous tip on the table as thanks because this podcast is that free, 18-course meal. If you’ve enjoyed what’s been served, I hope you’ll support the show by leaving a tip in any amount.

Special thanks to composer Roland Rudzitis for serving up the Blister and Muck theme song and the clever little waltz you heard at the opening. Additional music from Kevin MacLeod and Monplaisir.  Mike Koenig brought the ocean and crickets. He also made the city lights fizzle. Scary sounds from Daniel Simon. Ca9 (canine) made the cat scream. I am honored to bring this story to life 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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