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Promoting Safety for Horse and Buggy Travelers

Today I discovered another report about the new law in Ohio that requires all buggies to have yellow blinking lights and how some of the Amish men are non-compliant. Most of them are pleading no contest in court, resulting in a guilty verdict and then refusing to pay their fines. I don’t know how to get the most conservative Amish …

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How Prevalent is Sexual Abuse Among the Amish?

The question in my title today has been asked of me ever since I published my first book, Why I Left the Amish. Because my story was one of the first to expose both sexual and physical abuse in an Amish community, the answer was elusive. I would answer this question by saying that because each family keeps these abuses …

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Online Speaking Engagement at the Asheville Wisdom Exchange

This is a reminder about my speaking engagement via Zoom tomorrow (September 7) at 7PM.  I will be in conversation via Zoom at the Asheville Wisdom Exchange. To participate, you can follow this link and click on the purple button “Join Zoom Meeting” at 7PM. Also a reminder about the in-person speaking engagements coming up. Here is the schedule again: …

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My Speaking Schedule

Today I interrupt my Amish Customs series to announce my speaking schedule. I’ve posted the schedule on my website on the landing page for Liberating Lomie, but I wanted to bring it to your attention here also. The first two are online, so you can join from anywhere. The other three are in person in Burlington, Vermont; Sunderland, Massachusetts; and …

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Amish Customs: Women’s Head Coverings

Kopp or Bonnet, What’s the Difference?   Most Amish women and girls wear a kopp—hair covering—indoors their whole lives long. In most communities, girls will wear black koppa, until they reach adolescence, except for special occasions when they wear white koppa, such as for funerals. However, this is different in Lancaster County where girls will wear no covering until they …

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