Sixteen Year Old Aunt Ruthie Writes about an Election

Sixteen Year Old Aunt Ruthie Writes about an Election

“Where have you been hiding?” I asked myself as I discovered a tiny, green volume under three other, larger diaries. Over three years ago, my sisters and I cleared out our Aunt Ruthie’s house. They agreed to my placing her diaries and journals in my suitcase, flying...

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Eating from Sarah’s Tree of Life

Eating from Sarah’s Tree of Life

Sarah Klassen is a Canadian poet novelist storyteller with Mennonite roots Sarah is 88 years old. Recently Sarah has published her second poetry collection, The Tree of Life, a gem of a book, glowing with color like sunlight filtered through stained glass.  ...

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Dr. Katherine Meets Mennonite Daughter

Dr. Katherine Meets Mennonite Daughter

Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes is Young Glamorous An accomplished author and speaker   Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes wants to live in a world where lattes are free, lines are short, and people are judged by what’s inside instead of outside. So do I! *** I met...

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Fifties Halloween Party with a Modern Writer’s Tip

Fifties Halloween Party with a Modern Writer’s Tip

Fun House Halloween was a big deal at our two-room school. Every October, the students in my teacher/aunt Miss Longenecker’s lower grades and Mrs. Kilhelfner’s upper-grades skipped class for Halloween amusement in the fun house that transformed the basement of Rheems...

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Wordless Wednesday: Drying Rose Petals

Wordless Wednesday: Drying Rose Petals

      Click below to hear the crackle of baked petals, sort of like crunchy leaves in autumn . . . in Florida, not! RevCrunchingPetals7704.TRIM         How it began:   A fresh-petal illustration from Mennonite Daughter, Chapter...

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13-Year-Old Ian: Not Quite a Bar Mitzvah

13-Year-Old Ian: Not Quite a Bar Mitzvah

Ian Christopher Beaman Born in 2007 2 pounds, 5 ounces Now age 13 Strapping young man, full of vigor, praise God!   A precarious beginning, indeed Our fourth grandchild appeared unexpectedly in early October, on his mother’s birthday, not as anticipated in early...

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I Didn’t See that Coming: My 2020 Schedule

I Didn’t See that Coming: My 2020 Schedule

The book promotion part of my life started out robust in early 2020. My calendar was chock full of goodies, bulging with Ways to engage with readers and market Mennonite Daughter.   Here is what January looked like . . .   Then came February . . .   How...

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Grandpa Sam’s 80th Birthday Party

Grandpa Sam’s 80th Birthday Party

Great Grandpa Sam, born in 1863, was honored with a party for his 80th birthday. My great grandfather Samuel Brinser Martin's birthday party was even written up in the Middleton (Pennsylvania) newspaper. I don't know whether my family was invited to the party,...

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Slights and Offenses: How Do You Handle Them?

Slights and Offenses: How Do You Handle Them?

“Uh, oh, look here.” Husband Cliff was perusing local news online in our city newspaper. “Here’s a photo of Kitty and Karl Ellison’s house. A big, old live oak fell on their roof yesterday!” I shivered as I glanced at the disturbing sight. Seconds later, I felt a...

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School Opens: Aunt Ruthie’s Diary Speaks

School Opens: Aunt Ruthie’s Diary Speaks

At Rheems Elementary School in Pennsylvania, classes began right after Labor Day, just like clockwork. My aunt was my teacher in the first four grades, the charms and challenges of which I describe in my memoir.   Miss Longenecker, aka my Aunt Ruthie, taught...

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Girl, Wash Your Face

Girl, Wash Your Face

Rachel Hollis is In your face Real Relevant   Author Rachel Hollis' story is a rags to riches narrative, the heroine moving from Weedpatch (actual name!), California, to luxurious Bel Air, near Hollywood. Her book, published by Thomas Nelson in 2018, is also a...

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The Astonishing Story of Little Ruby Bridges

The Astonishing Story of Little Ruby Bridges

Little black girl Smartly dressed in white Beginning first grade in New Orleans   Who is Ruby Bridges?   Ruby Bridges, a six-year-old African American girl, is pictured on her first day of class at the William Frantz School in New Orleans, Louisiana....

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Taking Steps

Taking Steps

A breeze brushes my face as I walk through our neighborhood. Homes in the early morning sit politely on manicured lawns, some with pulsing arcs of water irrigating the grass. Here and there, crepe myrtle trees tout torches of fuchsia, lavender, or cream. I spot a fire...

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Compensation: A Wedding Anniversary Meditation

Compensation: A Wedding Anniversary Meditation

How is a married couple like a herd of African wildebeests and zebras?     Herds of African wildebeests and zebras migrate together because their strengths compensate for their weaknesses, making them more compatible and less vulnerable to attack....

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