Author Archives: Tamsen Cronin

German Proverb — Can’t see the Forest

Text The following piece was collected from a seventy-three year-old American man over a meal, celebrating an anniversary. The man will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant”, and I the “Collector”. Informant: “I have a saying.” Collector: “What is it?” Informant: “I used to hear it in German from my grandmother, sometimes. It goes,… Continue Reading »

The Whiter the Bread, the Quicker You’re Dead — Health Proverb

Text The following piece was collected from a young woman from Denver, Colorado. She will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant” and I the “Collector”. Informant: “Before I went vegan, my dad would say to us whenever he thought we were being unhealthy. He would say we weren’t allowed to have white bread, only… Continue Reading »

Step on a crack, break you mother’s back!

Text The following information was collected from a seven-year-old Caucasian girl from South Haven, MI. The girl will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant”, and I the “Collector”. Informant: “It’s..umm.. ‘Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.” Collector: “What does it mean?” Informant: “Um… On the sidewalk. If you step on the lines,… Continue Reading »

The Legend of Turtle Rock

Text The following piece was collected from an eighty-four year old woman who lives in Cascade, Colorado. She will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant” and I the “Collector”. Informant: “There’s a rock on the drive up the mountain pass called Turtle Rock. Every time you go up that road, we all wait silently… Continue Reading »

Rubor, Dolor, and Calor — Signs of Infection

Text The following piece was collected from a seventy-three year-old woman from Vail, Colorado. She will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant” and I the “Collector”. Informant: My mother had a very specific way of checking her children for infections. She would always say to us: Rubor, dolor, and calor. Signs of inflammation.” Collector:… Continue Reading »