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A Day Among Old Order Mennonites in the Shenandoah Valley

Spring has arrived in all her glory and what a splendid day it was here in the Shenandoah Valley! David and I are both taking a class called Mennonites in the Valley through the Lifelong Learning Institute of James Madison University, and taught by the pastor of our church, Phil Kniss. Today we took a tour bus out into Old …

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Amish Conference 2016, Part 2

Claudia Lillinger, myself, Sabrina Völz First I want to announce that Sabrina Völz has posted the second half of the interview with me on the American Studies Blog. Her introduction to the interview and the questions are quite evocative. I hope you’ll enjoy the interview. Now I want to return to the conference this past weekend. One of the wonderful …

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Swinging into Spring

With weather predictions of temperatures in the 40s (at least while the sun shines) this week, it looks like we will finally get a break from the winter weather. And today is the beginning of an extra hour of light at the end of the day, so that will help with lengthening the daytime hours. The Amish call this "fast" …

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Blindsided by a Blizzard

Today I've been battening down the hatches for the epic winter storm that is predicted to hit us, starting tonight and lasting until Wednesday morning. Like everyone else, I bought groceries that will sustain us if our power goes out. I've boiled eggs, made tapioca pudding, and filled containers with drinking water. We will likely not lose our water, given …

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