leaving the Amish

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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Liberating Lomie for Sale and Interview with BBC Radio 4

When we think of a community with fewer modern technologies, our minds usually go directly to the Amish. By eschewing many modern technologies, do the Amish also avoid the unintended consequences of the technologies most in the mainstream adopt without question? This question is explored on a program called Digital Human on BBC Radio 4 in Scotland some days ago. …

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Release Date for Liberating Lomie

I am pleased to announce the release date for Liberating Lomie: Memoir of an Amish Childhood. June 22, 2022. Yay, Hurray! I plan to have books in hand to fulfill orders by the 22, and it will also be available through Amazon for retail sales, and through IngramSpark for wholesale to bookstores and libraries. You can see the listing for …

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Film Series about Sexual Abuse among Plain People: “Sins of the Amish”

I have written this on my blog before about the Amish culture, and I will again. Abuse can only exist in the dark shadows of silence and secrecy that shroud abuse in all cultures. However, the insular nature of Plain communities makes the silence so thick, it becomes nearly impenetrable. This makes it dauntingly difficult for a child or a …

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From My Amish World to My Vermont One — The Second Time

David’s “Faithful Charger” outside my parents’ home in 1981 Lately I have been reading my journals that I wrote in the months and years following the second and final time I left my Amish community. I’ve also been reading letters I received from “home” during that time. What I am concluding is that I would not want to go back …

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