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Proverb for How to Approach Different Kinds of Bears

[The subject is MSt. Her words are bolded, mine are not.] MSt: If it’s black, attack; if it’s brown, lie down; if it’s white, good night. ME: Could you explain that for me? MSt: Alright, so when you’re, like, in the backcountry, you see a bear, there’s different, like, responses that you should have depending… Continue Reading »

Bears and Menstruation

My mother grew up in rural California. She spent a lot of her time outside and hiking. When she was a Girl Scout, she heard that when you are on your period you should avoid going in the great outdoors. JE:”I always heard growing up that it wasn’t safe to hike or go camping while… Continue Reading »

“Don’t Jump the Gun” in Norwegian

“Okay, so it’s this thing, and it’s literally translated, ‘Don’t sell the bear’s pelt.’ Is that what it is? Pelt is fur? Yeah, ‘Don’t sell the bear’s pelt before it’s shot.’ It literally means, like, don’t celebrate until it’s happened. Don’t, don’t, don’t jump the gun. But in Norwegian we say that about hunting and… Continue Reading »