Author Archives: mcrispi

“Never Let the Blood of Your Unborn Children Cry to God for Vengeance.”

Main piece: (The following is transcribed from a conversation between the informant and interviewer.) Interviewer: Can you tell me some of the old stories or wives tales your mother told you? Informant: The most gross one is about her – her mother, my grandmother, your great great grandmother told my mother about this rich lady… Continue Reading »

An Irish Wake

Main piece: (The following is transcribed from a conversation between the informant and interviewer.) Informant: Grandpa, he always used to tell the story about the Irish – I’ve told you this one before – about the Irish wakes – cause the Irish always had the big parties. And, uhh, that was back in the days,… Continue Reading »

The Piasa Bird

Main piece: (The following is transcribed from a conversation between the informant and interviewer.) Interviewer: Would you tell me your version of the legend of the Piasa Bird? Informant: My version… back in the olden days, tribes of Indians lived on the bluffs above the Mississippi River. Which was not even the Mississippi river then,… Continue Reading »