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Plain Kansas

Rosanna Bauman, age 25, is German Baptist Brethren. She is a writer, farmer, and speaker and lives on a rural Kansas farm she shares with her parents and 4 siblings. The Brethren Church, is often mistaken for Amish or Mennonites, but the Brethren have different historical and theological roots. The Brethren Church is a "Plain" church. Members dress plainly and, like the Amish, are pacifists, but they do use cars and phones.

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    Wendy P


    Funny! I’m reminded of my days as a computer programmer – we would shoot rubber bands at each other over the tall, cubical walls. Not quite as messy.

    Here’s a hint for you: poor boiling water through the fruit stains on your clothes. The stains melt away like magic.

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    Karen


    Thank you! Fun to imagine the sneaky berry flinging. You made the job fun and a great story to tell.

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    Julie Howson-Reinhart


    Rosanna, I know how you feel about the blackberry/raspberry confusion! I’m from England but live in the Blue Ridge Mountains in VA and initially thought the names might be just an American difference or maybe a southern thing? But apparently raspberries, black raspberries and blackberries are three distinct plants.

    The easiest way to tell the difference between the two is by the core, where the stem attaches to the berry. Blackberries will always have a white core, whereas black raspberries are hollow in the center (just like raspberries). Black raspberries are a small, black-colored raspberry covered with very small hairs (much like a raspberry). Blackberries are usually larger, with bigger “cells.” Blackberries are sometimes described as shinier than black raspberries. Black raspberries are harvested earlier than blackberries, and can also handle the cold better. Finally, black raspberries are said to be less tart than blackberries, making them better for eating fresh (though they also make great jams). Blackberries, which can sometimes be rather sour, are great berries for making dessert.

    Sorry about the long-winded comment!

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