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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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Mennonite Daughter:
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Breaking Bread and All That Jazz

Breaking Bread and All That Jazz

“Do you want to bring a ‘starter’ over, or do you want us to start from scratch in my kitchen?” This was my query to grandson Ian, who visits our house often this summer to mow and trim the lawn and help with other chores like car-washing. “No, we can do it all at...

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Our Marriage with a Trip to the Emerald City

Our Marriage with a Trip to the Emerald City

The Emerald City lies in the center of the Land of Oz, at the end of the yellow brick road in Frank Baum’s fabled story, The Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900.  In the center of the city is the fairy-tale Palace where the redoubtable Wizard resides.    ...

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Six Quotes from a Cleaned-up Desk

Six Quotes from a Cleaned-up Desk

Cataclysmic events have rocked our world. This past year we have been confronted with the relentless effects of COVID-19, the unprovoked war in Ukraine, horrific school shootings, the border crisis, continual political unrest--and more. Regardless of your stance on...

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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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Our Marriage with a Trip to the Emerald City

Our Marriage with a Trip to the Emerald City

The Emerald City lies in the center of the Land of Oz, at the end of the yellow brick road in Frank Baum’s fabled story, The Wizard of Oz, first published in 1900.  In the center of the city is the fairy-tale Palace where the redoubtable Wizard resides.    ...

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