leaving the Amish

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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American Experience Goes to the Emmys!

The PBS documentary "The Amish: Shunned" that aired on American Experience in February has been nominated for an Emmy Award for "exceptional merit in documentary filmmaking." The American Experience film "JFK" has also been nominated for an Emmy. I was very honored to take part in both "The Amish" and "The Amish: Shunned." I was especially happy to be part …

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Giveaway and Interview with Emma Gingerich, Author of “Runaway Amish Girl”

Today I have the honor of introducing you to Emma Gingerich, author of Runaway Amish Girl. Emma has had quite a journey since she left her Amish family and community less than ten years ago. She left at the age of eighteen, and immediately started her educational journey by studying for a GED. Then she heard about college and decided …

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