Author Archives: Larissa Puro

Folk Dance – Russia

My mom said in her Russian community, all children had to have at least one artistic talent. The youth were expected to entertain their elders. Her specialty was Russian folk dancing. The boys and girls who learned this dance were around 11 years old. The costumes were very distinct. Boys wore special tunics, belts, and […]

Joke – Washington D.C.

Joke 9/11 Joke – Washington, D.C. Person A: Knock, knock. Person B: Who’s there? Person A: You said you’d never forget! This joke references the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. During that time and for years after, the phrase, “We will never forget” came to define the tragedy. It became a unifying American idea […]

Holiday Tradition – Jewish

Religious Holiday Tradition The Passover Seder – Jewish My dad’s Jewish family observed this tradition during the mid 1900s. The Passover Seder is a very ritualized Jewish dinner during the first two nights of Passover. The first born, oldest male child of the family, my dad’s older brother, would read holy scripts while the family […]

Prank – New York

Prank Blue Moon Cafe Joke – New York Lucy: Okay so this is the most epic and important joke you’ll ever hear in your lifetime. It’s hilarious, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll want to hear it again. I need your full attention and I need you to just go along. You ready? Ok let’s do […]


Rhyme The Bedbug Rhyme “Good-night, sleep-tight, Don’t let the bedbugs bite. And if they do, Get a shoe, And hit them ‘til they’re black and blue!” The first two lines of this rhyme are what my parents used to say to me before tucking me in at night. I learned the longer version at a […]