When I was little, I loved, loved, loved the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark series.  One of my favorite things about the books were the pages and pages of endnotes, giving the pedigree of each story.  My love affair with folklore could be traced back to those books and the tradition of storytelling they carried on.  When we moved out to the farm, and Ken heard the old timers at the local diner talking about how they were reading the signs of that early spring and confidently predicting a bumper crop of all things that summer, I was fascinated.  What signs were they reading?  Could I learn to read them too?

From there, it was a short hop to farming & planting folklore, and this episode.

Dr. Frank Brown’s decade-long study of lunar phases on the moon can be found here.

The Thun Effect is discussed here.

Peter Muise’s blog: New England Folklore can be found here, and his book, Legends and Lore of the North Shore, can be found here.

A newspaper article on miraculous, “immortal” Good Friday eggs is here.

Another take on the “12 Days of Christmas/Weather for Months” folklore is here.

The two bits of folklore that we’ll be monitoring this year are the peepers, and their first appearance vis a vis the number of freezes following, and  the one about if the sun shines while it’s raining, it’ll rain the next day at the same time.  Stay tuned for results!


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