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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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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How to Hygge, The Comforts of Home, Part 2

How to Hygge, The Comforts of Home, Part 2

Savor the Moment: “Smell the treat before you eat it. Linger over a good conversation at dinner. Choose enjoyment over accomplishments and possessions.” Build a Comfortable nest: Blankets, pillows, soft pajamas may help - Make a a "hyggekrog," a nook, a place where...

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Taking the Plunge: Liesbet Travels the Sea

Taking the Plunge: Liesbet Travels the Sea

Almost exactly one year ago this week, Liesbet, Mark, and Maya visited our home, via their RV Zesty. I wrote about our 4-hour visit HERE.   Liesbet and I spent part of the time discussing her work-in-progress memoir, PLUNGE, here just a manuscript on her Tablet...

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Cathedral Windows: from Candy to Communion

Cathedral Windows: from Candy to Communion

The surge of the Covid-19 virus and the ensuing lockdown launched nearly a year of frantic baking and a run on flour and sugar in the grocery aisles. What first had become a coping mechanism during the pandemic has perhaps evolved into a new pastime (or passion) as...

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My Word: It’s Beyond Me!

My Word: It’s Beyond Me!

Beauty, the word I chose for my focus word for 2020, seemed to mock the events that unfolded in early March and following: the pandemic, political strife, urban uproar all contributed to create a topsy-turvy world. Still, nature cycled through seasons, revealing its...

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12 Christmas Writing Prompts

12 Christmas Writing Prompts

Wendy Jayne Scott, my author friend from New Zealand, offers writing prompts to engage young people in storytelling by firing up their imaginations (ages 6-up)   Here are 3 examples from her book of 12 prompts: It’s Christmas Eve, and you’re supposed to be tucked...

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10 Life Lessons from the Queen

10 Life Lessons from the Queen

As Groucho Marx once said, “Anyone can get old — all you have to do is to live long enough.     🙂   But living long enough is not enough, apparently. It's a good idea to savor life, one well lived. This from an article published recently by Brian Kozlowksi...

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Mennonite Daughter Offers Special Promo

Mennonite Daughter Offers Special Promo

Books Make Great Gifts Here's a Gift to Share!     Discover the charms of living in rural PA in the 1940s-60s Follow the author in her path toward forgiveness     American Link Canadian Link Amazon Universal Link   Thank ...

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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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