Amish life

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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‘Among’ the Amish but not ‘of’ Them

I apologize to those who do not understand my experience, unless you have walked in “our shoes” it probably does not make much sense. I love being “home” ! ~  Delmar Martin First I want to thank everyone for contributing to the lively discussion about the decision David and I are facing of where to choose to live. I had …

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Another Crossroads

I promised a while ago that I would reveal our future plans. Since then, our plans have changed several times over. So the short answer to where we will be moving once the house sells is: we don’t know for sure. We put our house on the market partly because David’s job situation is tenuous, partly because we realize this …

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Book Review: Simple Pleasures by Marianne Jantzi

I breathed deeply and reveled in the beautiful morning. The vehicles hummed by on the pavement, the sun burned the mist off the river, and the birds busily ate breakfast. ~ Marianne Jantzi If you are interested in Amish life and you are tired of those Amish fiction books produced by the mass market, then Simple Pleasures is a must …

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Perceptions of the Amish

From where I’m sitting, it seems to me that the perceptions of the Amish are changing for those who look in from the outside. For years it used to be that people would say “Amish!” with stars in their eyes, and they would think an Amish life is idyllic, pastoral, and “simple.” In short, the Amish were being romanticized. And …

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