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How to Make an American Quilt: Love in a Circle

How to Make an American Quilt, the Movie Women stitch quilt as a wedding gift for girl Girl doesn’t know whether she wants to get married. Women in quilting circle tell stories about life and love that fit the quilt's theme Where Love Resides Wrapped in a quilt, girl...

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Mennonite Meets Mr. Right

Her Story The title for Rhoda Janzen’s latest memoir, Mennonite Meets Mr. Right, could be recast as Egg-Head Mennonite Intellectual Meets Pentecostal Hunk Mitch. I succumbed easily to her comic style, which engaged me while reading her first memoir, Mennonite in a...

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Moments of Discovery: What’s In Your Closet?

It’s a safe bet that I’d find clothes in your closet, boots, maybe a tennis racket. But I don’t think I’d find an otter hat, a movie camera, a stack of paintings or a ruffle iron. Sorting through ninety years of accumulation, my sisters and I have found all that ~ and...

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Aunt Ruthie: Diary of a Long Goodbye

Five journals, spiral-bound, sit in my writing studio. Their pages, bowed from cargo storage on flights from Florida to Pennsylvania, contain snatches of conversation from the last nine years of Aunt Ruthie’s life. Since 2008, she has had to cope with a pacemaker...

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The Weight of Love – Heavy or Light?

Love Locks Their love, they thought, was an iron-clad statement, fixed to the grill work of Pont des Arts bridge in Paris. Etched with their initials, couples professed undying love as they tossed the key to their lovelock into the Seine. City workers in 2015 with a...

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The Lion and the Mouse Write a Mission Statement

The Lion and the Mouse Once upon a time a mischievous mouse scampered across the outstretched paw of a sleeping lion, awakening him from his nap. The king of beasts clapped his paw upon the pitiful creature that squealed: “ Please don’t kill me! The day may come when...

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Revealing the Quacks in Our Neighborhood

If you are reading this, you have arrived at my new website, marianbeaman.com - welcome! It is still a work in progress. Another introduction is in order: I have been dying for you to meet my new neighbors who live peacefully on the lake behind our patio. After 5...

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Under Construction: Women Working

Truth be told, 2 women and 1 man have been working hard to update my Plain and Fancy Girl website.  We will be wearing hard hats and steel-toed boots, not pumps, until February 1 when the new site will be unveiled....

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Clear Vision: 6 Tips from a Window Washer

Last Week Joe Schrock of TIP TOP Window Cleaning announced his arrival by knocking lightly on my door. I spotted his truck on my driveway. I had contacted Joe about cleaning the windows at our new house. They were dirty when we moved in and got even worse when...

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My Word! It’s 2017

No, this is not my new car. But Focus is a well-known member of the Ford Motor brand. Drivers know that if they point their steering wheel in the right direction, four wheels will turn and the car will head toward a specific destination.   Announcing My Word for...

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Short and Sweet: What Happened in 1912?

History buffs and Downton Abbey devotées know that 1912 is the year of the sinking of the Titanic. What Else Happened in 1912? On the world scene    Woodrow Wilson elected President Japan sends 3020 cherry trees to the United States First neon sign appears in Paris...

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7 Ways to Stay Young: Nuns Reveal Their Secrets

Whoopi Goldberg is no nun, but she played one in Sister Act, where she befriended three other nuns all named Mary and made the convent’s choir into a rollicking, soulful act. Dr. David Snowdon obviously is no nun either. He’s not even a monk. But he is an...

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What Does Rockwell’s Painting Ask?

Did you make construction paper turkeys and buckled hats in elementary school? I know I did. We elementary school-ers dug our scissors into orange, red, brown, yellow to create Thanksgiving art. And then we looked at pretty framed pictures that have become American...

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