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22677 Liquid Gold in California: New World Olive Oils  
Mary Lou Heiss
Amid the award-winning wineries of Napa and Sonoma counties, pioneering olive growers are beginning to acquire gold medals for their new generation of world-class California ... Issue Date: 11 / 2002

22352 A Bounty of Backyard Berries: Reaping the Benefits of Edible Gardening  
Judith Fertig
One of life''s great pleasures is spending a carefree summer afternoon picking--and eating--fresh, ripe berries until the juice stains your fingers. The problem these days is ... Issue Date: 7 / 2002

20781 Impersonators of Spirits: The Hopi Kachina Season  
Robert L. Tefertillar
The Hopi believe that spirits exist not only in humans and animals but in all things--including plants and the elements. These katsinam are impersonated in Hopi ceremonies by ... Issue Date: 10 / 2000

17793 America's Jack: The Trickster Hero of Our Shy Tradition  
Craig J. Renner
My daughter Lindsay, 8, is an avid reader. Never a particularly good sleeper, she got an early start on a habit she has to this day--reading in bed. Propped up on pillows, a ... Issue Date: 9 / 1998

22021 Share in the Light: Native American Stories of Creation  
Terri J. Andrews
Native American creation stories explain the origin of the world as well as establish how people were to live and Native American creation stories explain the origin of the ... Issue Date: 7 / 1998

16735 Ever Tinkering With Chance: Baseball's Enduring Superstitions  
Jack Connelly
For many Americans, nothing trumpets the end of winter louder than the arrival of baseball players for the annual ritual known as spring training. Snow still covers much of the ... Issue Date: 4 / 1998

13785 Mother Leeds' Curse: The Legend of the Jersey Devil  
Craig J. Renner
The sound of thunder reverberated across the night sky as Mrs. Leeds prepared to give birth. Perhaps because of the bad weather, or perhaps because of the rumors they had ... Issue Date: 11 / 1995

14006 'I Heard Tell': Folklore of the Chesapeake Bay Watermen: Part Two  
Peter Holden
Along Maryland and Virginia''s Eastern Shore, no people are more reviled than game wardens and marine police inspectors, the authorities who enforce legal limits for crab and ... Issue Date: 9 / 1995

12866 Good Company: Folklore of the Chesapeake Bay Watermen: Part One  
Peter Holden
At 7:00 a.m. every weekday morning, retired waterman Carl "Kye" Tyler, seventy-seven, climbs from his blue pickup truck and ambles into Gordon''s Confectionary. Once there, ... Issue Date: 8 / 1995

13735 Tauquitch: Legend of an Evil Chief  
Eugene H. Miller
The original settlers of California''s San Jacinto Mountains were the Cahuilla Indians. The Indians'' first contact with white men came in 1775 when they met an expedition ... Issue Date: 5 / 1995

13029 Telling Tales: African Influence in Afro-American Folklore  
Lawanda Randall
The day was hot and bright, but the spacious ballroom at Glen Echo Park was cool and dim. Light, filtered through the trees outside, came from windows in the rear. Chairs ... Issue Date: 2 / 1995

10312 An Arkansas Christmas  
Linda Joyce Forristal
Despite a perhaps undeserved backwoods image, Arkansas is like the rest of America: Christmas, although steeped in rampant commercialism, is the time for families to gather ... Issue Date: 12 / 1993

11279 Honoring the Earl of Sandwich  
UnHyo Delessert
We have accumulated much new knowledge in the past two decades about what constitutes healthy eating. One would expect everyone to be so much healthier and those diseases that ... Issue Date: 9 / 1993

20552 Guardian Angels of West: Three Nephites Tales  
Carylon Campbell
In December 1895, a party of Mormon pioneers made a pilgrimage from a settlement in Mexico to St. George, Utah. The trip across the frozen winterlands was arduous and slow. ... Issue Date: 11 / 1992

20355 Texas Barbecue: Where There's Fire, There's Smoke  
Sharon Hudgins
How many different ways can you spell BARBECUE? In Texas, you''ll find it spelled barbecue, barbeque, bar-B-cue, bar-B-que, bar-B-Q, BBQ, and BQ (the last spelling is a cattle ... Issue Date: 6 / 1992

19613 Witnessed but Unexplained: Four American Ghost Stories  
Peggy Robbins
Ancient Chinese wisdom teaches that "strong men tremble and stumble in the presence of the spirits, and bold, unwary men may die; wise men, frightened, tormented, saddened, or ... Issue Date: 10 / 1991

16926 Child of Chaos: Coyote: A Folkloric Triad  
Josepha Sherman
Coyote…mischief maker, child of chaos, creator-by-chance. Coyote…the unpredictable whose pranks, somehow, tend to Set Things Right…Coyote, there at the very Beginning. ... Issue Date: 4 / 1990

16927 Ma'ii Joldlooshi la' Eeya': The Several Lives of a Navajo Coyote  
Barre Toelken
Most Navajo coyote tales begin with the deceptively simple statement Ma''ll joldlooshi la eeya, which is the Navajo rhetorical equivalent of "Once upon a time," although it ... Issue Date: 4 / 1990

16928 Fitting the Bill: The Trickster in American Popular Culture  
Jack Santino
From the Keystone Cops to Police Academy, from Charlie Chaplin to David Letterman, from Bob Dylan to Prince: American popular culture is and always has been rife with ... Issue Date: 4 / 1990

16646 The Devil Went Down to Georgia  
John A. Burrison
The art of the spoken word--whether manifested in conversation, political and legal oratory, preaching, or storytelling--seems to have always been cultivated in the American ... Issue Date: 10 / 1989

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