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KRAKOWIAK (POLISH DANCE)

LIKE THE AMERICAN SQUARE DANCE.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; NOT GIVEN ; HOME ; PENNSYLVANIA ; MICHIGAN ; LETTER ; OHIO ; NEW JERSEY ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; AUTOGRAPH BOOK ; GROSSE POINTE ; HARPER WOODS ; GROSSE POINTE WOODS ; WARREN ; JAPAN ; RUSSIA ; GRAND RAPIDS ; SHIPLE HALL ; GARDEN CITY ; ROYAL OAK ; TOLEDO ; TRENTON ; FARMINGTON ; KALAMAZOO ; CANADA ; ONTARIO ; MARYGROVE COLLEGE ; DETROIT ; MAIL ; INDIANA ; DETROIT, ASSUMED ; TOLD AT HOME ; FERNDALE ; SOUTHFIELD ; TENNESSEE ; MACKENZIE HIGH SCHOOL ; HAMTRAMCK ; DEARBORN ; MINNESOTA ; ILLINOIS ; NEW YORK ; FLORIDA ; KOREA ; WISCONSIN ; NEW HAMPSHIRE ; STUDENT UNION ; READING ; AUSTRALIA ; Sylvania ; Sterling Heights ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; GROSSE POINTE PARK ; OAK PARK ; SOUTHGATE ; STURGEON LAKE ; REDFORD ; TOORAK ; VICTORIA ; ROSEVILLE ; LINCOLN PARK ; TRAVERSE CITY ; HUNTINGTON WOODS ; PONTIAC ; TROY ; PORT CHESTER ; SOUTH AMERICA ; BROOKVILLE ; MONTREAL ; SEOUL ; NORTH OLMSTED ; EASTOWN THEATER ; ERIE ; University of Notre Dame ; FRANKLINVILLE ; TORONTO ; TOLD AT ; TOLD BY ; TOLD IN ; SCRANTON ; MONROE ; GLENVIEW ; MOSCOW ; GULLEY ; FINLAND ; HARBOR BEACH ; HOUGHTON LAKE ; Hudson Lake ; INDIANAPOLIS ; JONESBORO ; KANSASVILLE ; LEXINGTON ; MASSILLON ; MAUCH CHUNK ; MELVINDALE ; MILFORD ; NEW ROCHELLE ; NIAGARA FALLS ; PANAMA CITY ; PATAGONIA ; ARGENTINA ; RESIDENCE HALL ; SAINT CLAIR SHORES ; TOLD AT HONORS HOUSE ; AMERICAN HISTORY CLASS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Dance

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

CUPID IS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN SHOOT ARROWS THROUGH TWO HEARTS
AT THE SAME TIME.

Where learned: RUSSIA

Keyword(s): NUMBERS ; SUPERNATURAL

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Gods
PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

THE BERRIES MAY BE RED AND RIPE, BUT CAN OF TIME BE BITTER.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; COLOR ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): (OFT?) ; CONTRAST ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1910

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

BE THERE ONLY A COW AND SOMEHOW A MILK PAIL WILL BE FOUND.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; FOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): OBSERVATION ; OPPORTUNITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1910

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

BE THERE ONLY A SWAMP AND SOON MANY FROGS WILL APPEAR.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): REPTILE

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL: AMPHIBIAN ; OBSERVATION ; OPPORTUNITY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1910

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

EVEN THE COLDEST WIND CANNOT EXTINGUISH THE SUN.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): COSMOS

James Callow Keyword(s): HOPEFULNESS ; OPTIMISM ; SYMBOL

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1905

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

EVERY BIRD BRAGS ABOUT ITS OWN SWAMP.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): ANIMAL

James Callow Keyword(s): ALLITERATION ; EGOTISM ; SYMBOL ; TRANSLATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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RUSSIAN RIDDLE

WHAT TWO BROTHERS LIVE ACROSS A
BRIDGE FROM EACH OTHER BUT NEVER MEET?
TWO EYES.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): BODY PARTS ; FAMILY METAPHOR

Subject headings: RIDDLE -- True Riddle

Date learned: 00-00-1905

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

A HAPPY FAMILY WILL EVEN TURN THE LAND INTO GOLD

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): HYPERBOLE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00-00-1905

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

HE WHO BRAGS ABOUT HIS APPLES HAS MANY THAT ARE ROTTEN.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V233

Date learned: 00-00-1910

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

FISH SEEK THE DEEP, MAN SEEKS THE BETTER.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V348

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

FREEDOM FOR A BIRD IS MUCH NICER THAN TO BE IN A GOLDEN CAGE.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): CONTRAST ; PRISON

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- V244

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

IF GOD GIVES CHILDREN, GOD WILL PROVIDE FOR CHILDREN.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): DIVINE PROVIDENCE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 00001905-1910

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

IF YOU CHASE TWO RABBITS AT THE SAME TIME, YOU WILL CATCH NEITHER.

Submitter comment: NONE

Data entry tech comment: IT MAKES THE SAME SENSE AS THE PROVERB, ' A BIRD IN THE HAND IS
WORTH TWO IN A BUSH.' WHICH ROUGHLY MEANS THAT ONE SHOULD BE
HAPPY WITH ONE HAS AND NOT GO FOR OTHER THINGS.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): HUNTING ; OBSERVATION

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

IF YOU LIVE WITH WOLVES LEARN TO HOWL LIKE A WOLF.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): ANIMALS TEMPER

James Callow Keyword(s): ADAPTABILITY ; ADVICE: POSITIVE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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RUSSIAN PROVERB

IF THE WOLVES ARE FULL THE FLOCK OF SHEEP WILL REMAIN WHOLE.

Submitter comment: NONE

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Keyword(s): PARALLEL STRUCTURE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- V242

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RUSSIAN JEWISH STORY

TWO JEWS DECIDED TO BECOME CHRISTIANS. BOTH ENTERED A
CHURCH ON SUNDAY MORNING. NEITHER KNEW HOW TO MAKE THE
SIGN OF THE CROSS. MOSHA TELLS LOBIE TO ASK THE PRIEST
HOW THEY CAN BECOME CHRISTIAN. THE PRIEST REPLIES, "THAT
IS NOT DIFFICULT AT ALL MY SON. IN FACT WE HAVE A
PRIEST NOW IN CHURCH THAT CAN PERFORM THE CEREMONY."
MOSHA GOES INTO THE BAPTISTERY AND COMES OUT ABOUT
TWENTY MINUTES LATER. HE APPROACHES LOBIE WHO IS
STANDING AT THE BACK OF THE CHURCH AND LOBIE SAYS TO
MOSHA: "WELL, MOSHA, DID THEY TEACH YOU HOW TO MAKE
THE SIGN OF THE CROSS?" MOSHA GIVES LOBIE A
DISGUSTED LOOK AND SAYS, "MY NAME IS NOT MOSHA, BUT
IVAN PETEROFF, AND WHY DID YOU JEWS CRUCIFY OUR
CHRIST?"

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 00001905-1910

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RUSSIAN MIRACLE STORY

A LONG TIME AGO THE MONGOL ARMIES LED BY GHENGIS
KHAN SWEPT WESTWARD INTO THE RUSSIAN STEPPES, AND LIKE
A GREAT SWARM OF LOCUST(S) DESTROYED EVERYTHING IN
FRONT OF THEM. ALL PEOPLE WHO UNFORTUNATELY CROSSED
THEIR PATH DIED A VIOLENT DEATH, BE THEY MEN, WOMEN OR
CHILDREN. TOWNS AND VILLAGES WERE BURNED TO THE GROUND
AND FELL IN ASHES AND RUIN. ALL PERSONAL BELONGINGS,
LIVESTOCK AND DOMESTIC ANIMALS WERE CAPTURED AND TAKEN.
IN THE DISTANT CITIES THE PEOPLE HEARD AND WERE AFRAID
OF THE WRATH OF THE TARTAR ARMY. PEOPLE FLED IN ANY
POSSIBLE DIRECTION. MANY HID IN SWAMPS, FORESTS, OR
MOUNTAIN CAVES. OTHERS SOUGHT REFUGE IN CHURCHES AND
MONASTARIES THAT WERE SURROUNDED BY THICK STONE WALLS.
HOWEVER, EVEN THESE WALLS COULD NOT SAVE THE PEOPLE FROM
THE BLOOD-CURDLING ARMIES OF GHENGIS KHAN.
THERE WAS HOWEVER, ONE MONASTARY WITH SUCH LARGE
STONE WALLS AND IT WAS LOCATED IN THE MIDDLE OF A LAKE.
THIS ISLAND MONASTARY SAVED ALL PEOPLE WHO SOUGHT
REFUGE THERE. ONE DAY WHEN THE TARTARS APPEARED ON THE
SHORES OF THE LAKE, THE PEOPLE INSIDE OF THE MONASTARY
BEGAN A RELIGIOUS SERVICE. ALL OF THE PEOPLE WERE ON
THEIR KNEES PRAYING FOR SALVATION AND ASKING THE BLESSED
VIRGIN TO SHIELD AND PROTECT THEM FROM THE ENEMY.
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SERVICE, WHEN THE BELLS WERE
RINGING A HUGE INVERTED GLASS CHALICE
APPEARED IN THE HEAVENS. THIS CHALICE SLOWLY DESCENDED
TO THE ISLAND AND COVERED THE MONASTARY AND OFF OF THE
PEOPLE WITHIN IT. IN THE TARTAR'S EYES THE ISLAND
THE BOTTOM OF THE LAKE. THE TARTARS WERE SO ASTONISHED
THAT THEY FROZE IN THE POSITIONS THAT THEY WERE
STANDING IN AND THEN TURNED TO STONE. TO THIS DAY,
THESE STONE STATUES STILL REMAIN ON THE BANKS OF THIS
ALTHOUGH THE WIND, RAIN, SUN AND SEASON HAS CHANGED
THE SHAPES OF THE TARTAR WARRIORS. BUT SOMETIMES
ONE CAN STILL SEE THEIR ARMS CLUTCHING SWORDS OR LANCES
RAISED OVER THEIR HEADS. SOME OF THE TARTARS, ON SEEING
THE SPECTACLE OF THE GLASS COVERED MONASTARY SINKING
SLOWLY INTO THE LAKE, RAN OUT INTO THE WATER UP TO THEIR
KNEES. NOW ONE CAN ONLY SEE THEIR HEADS AND THE HEADS
OF THEIR HORSES. A LEGEND EXISTS NOW AMONG THE PEOPLE
WHO LIVE IN THIS AREA, THAT ONCE A YEAR ON A BRIGHT,
QUIET DAY, IF ONE STANDS QUIETLY ON THE SHORES OF THE
LAKE AND SAYS A PRAYER, YOU CAN HEAR FROM THE DEPTH OF
THE LAKE THE SOUND OF A CHURCH BELL RINGING, CALLING
EVERYONE TO PRAYER. AND ALONG WITH THE SOULD OF THE BELL,
ONE CAN HEAR THE SINGING AND CHANTING OF THE SERVICE.
IF YOU LOOK HARD ENOUGH INTO THE DEPTH OF THE LAKE'S
CRYSTAL CLEAR WATER, YOU CAN SEE THE CROSS AND THE
TOWERS OF THE MONASTARY. THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN AND HEARD
TELL THAT THESE PEOPLE ARE STILL ALIVE AND ARE PRAYING
IN GRATITUDE FOR BEING SAVED.

Submitter comment: THIS LEGEND WAS TOLD TO IVAN ORLOFF, WHO WAS BORN IN
1897 NEAR MOSCOW, BY HIS GRANDFATHER CONSTANTIN ORLOFF
WHO CAME FROM THE WESTERN RUSSIAN STEPPES.

Where learned: RUSSIA ; MOSCOW

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Woman

Date learned: 00-00-1905

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THE FLY AND THE BEE

ONE SPRING MORNING IN AN ORCHARD, A BEE WAS SITTING
ON A FLOWER. A FLY SAW HER GATHERING THE NECTAR AND
SAID: "DON'T YOU TIRE OF WORKING EVERY DAY FROM
MORNING TO NIGHT? I WOULDN'T TRADE PLACES WITH YOU,
I COULDN'T TAKE IT FOR A DAY. MY LIFE IS HEAVENLY.
I FLY AROUND AMONGST THE GUESTS AT BALLS, WEDDINGS,
AND BIRTHDAYS. I'M ALWAYS THE FIRST ONE THERE. I EAT
FROM RICH MEN'S PLATES; I DRINK SWEET WINE FROM
CRYSTAL GLASSES; I TAKE WHATEVER I FANCY. I CAN
EVEN BE FOUND AT THE KING'S TABLE."
THE BEE REPLIED: "I KNOW ALL OF THAT BUT I HEAR THAT
NOBODY LIKES YOU. WHEN YOU SHOW UP IN A HOME, THEY
CHASE YOU OUT IN SHAME!"
THE FLY SAID: "CHASE ME OUT, SO WHAT? IF THEY CHASE
ME OUT ONE WINDOW, I SIMPLY FLY IN THE NEXT!"

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER LEARNED THIS IN RUSSIA. IT IS A RUSSIA
A RHYME WHEN TOLD IN RUSSIAN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RUSSIA ; Farmington Hills

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Animal Tale

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JEST, ANECDOTE

THE HOLY ORTHODOX PRIEST NEVER LOOKED OUTSIDE TO LOOK AT THE
WEATHER. HE WOULD ALWAYS ASK HIS SERVANT TO SEE IF IT WAS
RAINING OR IF IT WAS SUNSHINING. ON THE THIRD DAY THE SERVANT WAS
TIRED OF ANSWERING THE PRIEST AND DECIDED TO TRICK HIM. SO
WHEN THE PRIEST ASKED, " IS IT RAINING OR SHINING?"
HE SAID, "IT IS RAINING"
WHEN IT WAS REALLY SHINING. THE PRIEST AS ALWAYS SAID
" I KNOW AND GOD KNOWS."
THIS TIME, HOWEVER, THE
SERVANT CRIED, " GOD KNOWS BUT YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING."

Submitter comment: THE ORTHODOX PRIESTS WERE CONSIDERED SO HOLY THAT THEY DID NOT
HAVE TO WORK. SOME PEOPLE CONSIDERED THEM LAZY.
THIS ITEM IS TRANSLATED FROM THE RUSSIAN LANGUAGE.
THIS WAS LEARNED IN RUSSIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RUSSIA ; Sterling Heights

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote

Date learned: 11-00-1973

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