Author Archives: tokemper

White Mountain skinwalker

Informant discusses a personal experience she had in Arizona over a decade ago. SP: I was maybe ten at this point– I think it was probably ten or eleven, and I remember the first thing that freaked me out was my dog growling like crazy at nothing we could see. We were driving from Santa Fe and… Continue Reading »

One for Sorrow, Two For Joy (nursery rhyme)

According to an old superstition, the number of magpies one encounters will determine whether one experiences bad or good luck. Like many folk songs and nursery rhymes, there is considerable variation regarding the lyrics, but here is a contemporary version: One for sorrow, Two for joy, Three for a girl, Four for a boy, Five… Continue Reading »