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Christmas Thoughts

The other day while I was grocery shopping, I encountered a woman in a parking lot outside the store. She was walking with a cane and she asked if I would like for her to take my cart back. She said it would help her. I turned the cart around in the right direction, thanked her, smiled, and wished her …

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The Writing Life and Amish Descendant Scholarship Fund

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Please bear with me. I am in the process of rewriting my second book with a very tight deadline (October 1). It is quite intense and also very exciting. In my major revision, I am adding on chapters to those I’d already written. It is amazing how many details come back when I …

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What’s the Difference Between the Amish and the Corporate World?

When it comes to accommodating people who have a “different style” (as in direct), not a heck of a whole lot. Here’s my comparison: The Amish make people who ask fundamental questions pariahs in their communities. So does the corporate world. The Amish do not like to show the rest of the world their underbelly, or that they have faults, …

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Book Review of “The Amish”

The Amish by Donald Kraybill, Karen Johnson-Weiner, and Steven Nolt is a comprehensive look at the Amish culture and religion. It is well-researched and well-written and is divided into five sections and twenty-two chapters. Each chapter begins with an extract of the material to follow. I am focusing my review on several sections that stood out from the rest of the …

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Introduction to My Second Book, Bonnet Strings: A Memoir

I’m working on revising my manuscript for my second book as I get feedback from readers. I have a new title and introduction. Instead of naming it Wearing Amish, I am naming it Bonnet Strings: A Memoir“All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town.” ~ Leo Tolstoy Between …

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Do Amish People Resent Tourists?

Recently Fran Shultis asked a very good question about vacationing in Amish country. I will answer this to the best of my ability. Here’s her question: Saloma, my family and I are going on an overnight vacation to Amish territory this Spring. In many ways I feel like an intruder because I know the Amish are a very private people …

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