My Checkered Life: A Marriage Memoir

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About the Author

Award-winning teacher-turned-storyteller, Marian Beaman is enjoying her encore career as a writer. A former college professor, the author records the charms and challenges of growing up plain in mid-twentieth century Pennsylvania in Mennonite Daughter: The Story of a Plain Girl. This memoir tells the story of her transformation from a provincial young woman in a sheltered environment who finds her authentic self. Along the way, she discovers a path toward forgiveness of childhood abuse. She also shows how one's growth can include respect for the past.

My Checkered Life: A Marriage Memoir takes an intimate look into one couple's fifty-plus-year marriage. Using a quilt motif, the author stitches together stories that make up the fabric of their daily lives: the clash of cultures, crisis in a travel trailer, surviving a robbery, and enduring financial hardship. Readers can observe how they find common ground through their shared faith and commitment. This sequel includes curated diary entries and treasured recipes while it also encourages reflection. The author blogs regularly at
Cliff Beaman, who holds a master's degree from Florida State University, has enjoyed a varied career as both artist and educator. Early on, he developed an art assembly program entitled "The History of Art," performed in schools throughout southeastern United States. As a graphic artist, he designed corporate logos and used his cartooning skills to create training programs for various businesses. For more than three decades, his multi-media art assembly programs, American Art Assemblies, have inspired young people across the nation with educational themes created on an easel, accompanied by exciting music and special lighting effects. You can find video clips and descriptions of Cliff's performances at

Cliff as storyteller has written and illustrated The Boy Who Grew Too Small and created art work for several other authors. He has provided special artistic designs for his wife Marian's blog posts, along with illustrations for both of her memoirs, Mennonite Daughter and My Checkered Life. The couple resides in Jacksonville, Florida.