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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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  1. Wendy P

    You make sledding sound like so much fun – NOT! When I was a kid we had a cow pasture with a stream at the bottom to sled in. The big kids would build a bonfire and keep the littles in line. No walking up the middle of the hill! We all had the old style flyer sleds and would make chains by hooking our feet into the sled behind us.

    The kids in our neighborhood now use a reasonably good hill on the local golf course. No bonfires or “dangerous” chains allowed. And when the kids walk up the middle of the hill so they ruin the runs and get in the way, you can’t say anything because their overbearing parents are standing right there.

  2. Karen C

    I used to slide down a hill by railroad tracks, and my brother had a leather suitcase for a book bag with a handle that he used to slide down this hill until he wore it out. Usually we used cardboard boxes, opened up, for makeshift sleds. Our parents never bought us many toys but we still had fun.

    I wish Kevin’s TV show could be made, but $25,000 is so much, and those of us that would love to see it, can’t afford it. Sigh.

  3. Bonnie

    Kevin, thank you for bringing these great stories to us. The glimpses into the lives of these folks are really interesting. The sledding sounds like it would be…well I can’t say “unabashed” fun, because it sounds like there is a lot of “bashing” happening, but it sounds like a wonderful time for the family. Thanks again, Kevin, for sharing.

  4. dynnamae

    Oh Rosanna. You took me back to my childhood when we would go down the road to the farmers big hills to sled. Thankfully, we didn’t have to worry about brush or trees. But, the hill was big and gave a good long ride down to the bottom. I must say, we probably didn’t last 5 hours and didn’t get too beat up by the fun. At 64, I don’t care to risk having anything broken, but I sure enjoyed your rides while reading about them. Hope you get more snow and have more fun.

  5. Rhonda

    I remember sledding perils of my own.. my brother ripped through a barbed wire fence once, and I hit my share of tree, brush, etc. We were farm kids too, and we could spend hours in the cold, and it wouldn’t bother us. Now, I don’t really mind the cold, it’s the wind that I hate the most. But sledding is always fun, it’s the getting up that’s hard to do!


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