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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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Amish Customs: Transportation – Go by Car or by Horse and Buggy?

Mem slapped the reins, urging Don into a slow trot. The flaps on my bonnet blew gently in the breeze and the steel-rimmed buggy wheels crunched on the gravel. I looked out over the fields at the green grass of early summer, dotted with wildflowers. ~Liberating Lomie, page 68 The horse and buggy is an icon of Amish life, and …

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Amish Customs: A Prejudice Against Pride

Last week Jim Potter wrote: “My question for you is about pride, specifically, Amish pride. I’ve heard that to the Amish, showing pride is a bad thing. Is that true?” In short, the answer is yes. The Amish make no distinction between taking satisfaction in an accomplishment and being haughty or arrogant. All pride is considered vain and sinful. This …

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