Author Archives: Samuel Keeney

Tió de Nadal, A Catalan Christmas Tradition

Main Piece: “The Tio de Nadal is a Catalan Christmas tradition that some Catalonia immigrant communities brought with them to other parts of the world, particularly in the Western Hemisphere there are big Catalan populations that still do it. But basically what it is a little log that you prop up on a kind of… Continue Reading »

The Haunted Epperson House in UMKC

Main piece: “So this house used to be owned by a rich family that, I think, made their money in organs like the instrument and it was the Epperson family. They had a bit of tragic life, there’s a million tales of their trials and tribulations and I honestly don’t remember all of them but… Continue Reading »

Saying “Merde” Instead of “Break A Leg” for Ballet

Main Piece: Saying “Merde” to ballet dancers in place of “Good luck” or “Break a leg” Background: This saying was told to me by my informant who has participated in various dance groups for close to 13 years. She is most formally trained in ballet through a local performing arts center known as KCYA. She… Continue Reading »