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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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Are You a With-It?

For years, my young son Joel thought I had an eye on the back of my head. Why? I told him so. See! To keep this mischief-making, dangerous pranking boy surviving beyond childhood, I kept alive the delusion of a third eye until he grew old enough to catch on to my...

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Pumpkin Power: Embossed Antique Postcards

Do you send Hallowe'en cards? Judging from the racks of greeting cards in stores these days, many people do. Stores selling Hallowe'en costumes and party gear are now occupying vacated commercial space. October issues of magazines offer decorating ideas including...

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Aunt Ruthie: Birthdays to Remember

The Longeneckers think birthdays ending in 5 or 0 are special. At a Longenecker family gathering in Florida in 2003, we celebrated the birthday of my brother Mark, who turned the big 5-0. And also of my Aunt Ruthie who celebrated her 85th birthday at our house at the...

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Heart on Fire: Guess Who’s Voted for President!

Outrageous. Unbelievable. True. These are the words author/researcher Ann Malaspina uses to describe the legal practice of denying women the right to vote in 1872. Even though women could own property, pay taxes, hold a job, and raise children they could not...

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Aunt Ruthie Longenecker: Her Life in Pictures

Yesterday, Tuesday, October 4, my Aunt Ruthie celebrated her 98th birthday. Born in 1918, she is a towering figure in my life and, and along with Mother and Grandma Longenecker, my strongest mentor. And she has been mother/teacher to many. * * * See the determination...

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His Turn II: An Artist Discovers More

Do you have photo albums un-touched in years? Is there a box of pictures stashed away that hasn’t seen the light of day in ages? What treasures may be hidden in your attic or basement? After our Big Move August 9, more of Cliff’s artwork has come to light, pieces...

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