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Full moons, storms, and women in labor

Context:  My informant, RW, is my mother. She was a labor and delivery nurse in a Dallas hospital in the 1990s. I asked her to tell me if there were any superstitions or rituals she learned working as a nurse. This piece was collected during an informal interview at home. I refer to myself as… Continue Reading »

Superstitions Among Nurses in the ICU (The “Q-Word”, Full Moons)

Informant Context: Stella is a traveling ICU (intensive care unit) nurse who currently work in Atlanta, Georgia. Transcript: INTERVIEWER: You seemed really excited to talk about [laughs] superstitions. STELLA: Mhm! INTERVIEWER: Do you have any particular ones you had in mind? STELLA: Yeah like, nurses are really superstitious. Um… especially like, in the ICU. Um…… Continue Reading »

Wart treatment

Text If you have a wart, cut an onion in half, rub it on your wart, and bury it in the backyard on a full moon.   Background The informant learned this remedy from her mother and said that it was a very common one that she fully believed in when she was a kid…. Continue Reading »

Full Moon on the Quad at Stanford

My mom went to graduate school at Stanford. This is her interpretation of the “Full Moon On the Quad” Tradition: Mom:”The original tradition holds that if you are a freshman girl at Stanford, you are not really a Stanford woman until you’ve been kissed by a senior under the full moon on the quad. For… Continue Reading »