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Curious about my blog title? The plain part describes my first 24 years as a Mennonite girl in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania and the fancy follows as I move south: first to Charlotte, North Carolina, and then to Jacksonville, Florida.

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What It’s Like to be a Bird

What It’s Like to be a Bird

Do Birds Smell? Is this the same cardinal that was at my feeder last year? Can robins “hear” worms?   Bird expert David Sibley answers frequently asked questions about the birds we see most often in What It’s Like to be a Bird. In a large-format volume displaying...

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Celebrating YOU: Blog Anniversary Number 8

Celebrating YOU: Blog Anniversary Number 8

Welcome to My Eighth Blogiversary   Please have a cupcake!   Guest of Honor YOU!   You come from all over the globe. If you don't find your country represented, you can call me out in Comments. Here is a sampling from stats earlier this month: Our...

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Darn It! A Tale with a Tail

Darn It! A Tale with a Tail

To begin, a riddle from Nursery Rhymes of England *** Socks are not expensive. I could toss this hole-y one and buy another pair, the Reebok brand I prefer. But, you see, I'd have to figure out where I bought this pair, don a mask, go to a store, exposing myself to...

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Purple Passages

Kids, Oaks, and Quotes: Purple Passages for August 2015

Kids, Oaks, and Quotes: Purple Passages for August 2015

A Short Story Once upon a time seven children from three different states came to visit their family in Pennsylvania. Some came from far away in a car, plane or train so they could see each other and get to know their grandparents and great-grandparents, who lived in...

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About Marian Longenecker Beaman

I publish my blog Plain and Fancy Girl on Wednesdays. Whether you are a commenter or reader only, I appreciate your noticing.

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Mennonite Man Crafts a Valentine Menu

Mennonite Man Crafts a Valentine Menu

Mennonite Man, Willard Roth, reared on Iowa farmland, has a long career as             Journalist             Author             Church leader             World traveler . . . and always a Cook and Entertainer   Mennonite Men Can Cook Too (2015) is a compilation...

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