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Corning of The Beef and St. Patrick’s Day – Irish American Tradition

Context: The following piece was collected during a casual interview in the informant’s home.  Background: The informant is my mother, who is a third generation Irish immigrant. She learned the tradition from her parents, who partook in it with numerous other Irish-American families who also lived in Bridgeport, CT.  Piece:  Collector: So who corns the… Continue Reading »

“The race is not for the swift nor the battle for the strong”

The original script is found in the Bible but originally written in Hebrew. “I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, not the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but… Continue Reading »

The Ursuline Ghost

(trigger warning: talk of self-harm)   INFORMANT: Do you remember the ghost story about the nun that haunts Ursuline?   ME: Yes I do, but go ahead and tell me about it.   INFORMANT: Okay so in the entryway of the highschool Ursuline, they have an old picture of a class where you can actually… Continue Reading »

Jesus, Mary, and Joseph — Prayer for Good Luck

Text The following piece was collected from a seventy-three year-old woman from Vail, Colorado. She is Irish Catholic. She will hereafter be referred to as the “Informant” and I the “Collector”. Informant: “Oh, whenever my family needs a bit of luck, or we think someone else could use it, all you have to say is… Continue Reading »