Things we hold dear that our grandmothers taught us. Sacred acts. Ways to pray. Things handed down. Births. Deaths. Mourning and funeral rituals. How to get the most out of a day. Recipes. Porch rituals (e.g., shucking corn, snapping peas, sipping iced tea, gossiping, catching a breeze). Weddings. How to handle babies. What to do for old people, sick people, and dying people. Superstitions (e.g., collard greens and black-eyed peas to bring in the new year; don’t put your purse on the ground or you’ll be broke).