Meeting Liesbet: Close Encounters of the Best Kind

Who is Liesbet? Liesbet, a writer and memoirist I met in November 2015 on my blog, visited our home last week with her husband Mark and furry "daughter" Maya: A teenager when a world map captivated her attention, Liesbet has pursued her dream to roam the world ever...

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A Souper Day!

  Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavor. ~ Marge Kennedy   Has a tub of soup or stew been bubbling away on your stove tops lately? At the...

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2020 Vision, Color It Beautiful

The Riddle What is black and red and green with seven significant flames?   The Answer The candles of Kwanzaa, an observance designed to review the old year and establish goals for the new.     The word Kwanzaa is a Swahili word and means "first fruits."...

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A New Face in My Memoir Photos

Late Thursday afternoon last week, I watched Howard Landis walk toward our door, his wife Faythe following him. Facebook had revealed that Howard is related to me through Fannie Martin Longenecker, my maternal Grandmother. Now they had responded to our invitation to...

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Fred, Bunny, Eva and I Reckon with Forgiveness

What do Fred Rogers, Ruth Graham, Eva Kor, and I have in common? Read on to find out! During the 2019 holiday season, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” has played in theatres all across the nation. The movie is a tribute to Fred Rogers, the legend of children’s...

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Grandpa Vogt’s Christmas Table

    Dr. Benjamin Vogt, my instructor in a Family History course I took in 2015 via publishing entrepreneur Jane Friedman, is a poet, gardener, and author of creative non-fiction. With his permission, I am printing this poem from the collection entitled...

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Thanksgiving Collection II, a Reprise

This  post first appeared on Nov 27, 2013, the year I began blogging. The grandchildren pictured near the end of this post are much older now, but the expression of gratitude remains the same. The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth by Jennie A. Brownscombe (1914) Courtesy...

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7 Revelations since My Memoir Launch

Writing memoir is like “dis-robing in public,” says one author, but only if you are brave enough to include the hard parts, I say.   After my memoir launch on September 14, many details of the first 24 years of my life became public. I voluntarily exposed my self...

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Playing Word Games with Marian and Jill

The blurb on the back cover of Mennonite Daughter begins:  What if  the Mennonite life young Marian Longenecker chafed against offered the chance for a new beginning?   It continues: What if  her two Lancaster County homes with three generations of family were...

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Time Flies and You are the Pilot

This weekend some of us set our clocks back and hour, theoretically regaining the hour we lost last spring. It's the spring-ahead/fall behind herky-jerky phenom we never quite get used to. Either way, the rhythms of our lives are temporarily interrupted until we catch...

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Extracting Honey, Bee-ing Kind

Aunt Ruthie’s 1945 Diary tells stories of her daily life, but it also holds clippings of other things, like a bee swarm . . .                       Cartoonists of this era tried to cram lots of action into one scene. Here’s a detail:                    ...

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Meeting Readers: The Joys of a Book Tour

Hands down, meeting readers on tour has been the highlight of the entire memoir publishing and launching business. But first, the launch party in Jacksonville, Florida! Hosted by my trusty Southern Friends, Judy Davis and Carolyn Stoner at Deerwood Country Club, the...

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Mennonite Daughter Visits Linda Marie with a Giveaway

Lucky me! L. Marie invited me to visit her blog “home” today. I met Linda Marie via Jill Weatherholt’s blog. That’s how the blog-o-sphere works: old friends connecting to new ones! An MFA graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, L. Marie excels at writing Middle...

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Memoir Marketing: My Story in Pictures, Part I

Marketing my memoir marks a significant milestone to all that has gone before: Beginning a blog, learning to know other authors, writing reviews for their books. Then, with my own book Writing drafts Revising Developmental Editing Copyediting Layout and Design...

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The Story of a Plain Girl, Available Soon!

Entré: Hearty Meal spiced with nostalgia Flavored with herbs, bitter and sweet       Available for take-out: September 14, 2019 Amazon and other retailers   Events: Book Launch, Saturday, September 14 in Jacksonville, Florida, hosted by Judy Davis...

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