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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 »

The Legend of Joe Magarac

My father remembers learning about the legend of Joe Magarac in school. Although he doesn’t remember the exact grade he learned about Magarac, he remembers it was in elementary school, and he does remember learning it from one of his teachers as part of a lesson that included other tall tales like that of Paul… Continue Reading »

El que madruga, Dios le ayuda.

El que madruga, Dios le ayuda. The one that rises early, God aids. (Similar Proverb: Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.) My informant, who is bilingual, remembers hearing this proverb from her grandmother, born in 1915, and who moved to the United States from Cuba in 1976. (My… Continue Reading »