What happens when animals and objects start talking? Unless you're
watching a Disney musical, it might be rather confusing. In "The
Talking Mule", a whimsical little story from South Carolina, we see
how such an incident could put things into perspective; and even
more perspective is provided by one animal who thinks it's
ridiculous to believe reports about all the others being so
eloquent. This doubtlessly is derived from an older African fable
in which it is a talking stool that scoffs at the notion of a
We present the story with -- well, we don't really present the
story at all. Zephyr does it all by himself, which is only fair,
since we've had to do several stories without him. And he places
the action long ago in a galaxy far, far away, giving him a chance
to do some of his best character voices.
We come to you from Maryland, after the three of us have been
reunited in Washington, DC. Zephyr tells us about his latest
weeklong getaway to North Carolina to work with his band. And
Kimberly and Dennis finish the account of their leg-thrashing
bicycle tour from Pittsburgh to DC, including a stopover in Harpers
Ferry, WV, where John Brown staged his famous raid in 1859, an
event that may have sparked the Civil War. It was Kimberly who
concluded the trek in Washington DC, at the end of the canal where
there's a gate that was formerly used to let the water through.
Nowadays, it's near a luxury apartment/office complex called...
well, you know.
Dennis, Kimberly and Zephyr (the entire cast of Star Wars)