The blog will be relatively quiet for the next few days, as we are working on a few changes here. The blog platform will be switched from Typepad to WordPress–which is a good thing, and something I’ve wanted to do for a long while. WordPress seems to be a much more versatile platform (any WordPress […]
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Amish and Mennonites have been putting on annual auctions for the benefit of Haiti for many years now. They take place in various locations across the nation, including communities in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Florida, and Illinois. Furniture, quilts and other items are auctioned off at these large events. The Florida auction, held in Sarasota, is […]
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Commercial dog breeders (also frequently described as ‘puppy mills’) have been in the news a lot lately. Recent changes in Pennsylvania law has made it difficult for breeders to operate, thus forcing many to begin to get out of the business. Opponents, most visibly in the form of activists such as Bill Smith of Main […]
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Not really, but on picnik.com, a nice user-friendly site that allows you to edit photos, I came up with this old-timey rendition of a shot I took last year of a Lancaster County farm. I kind of like it. Or, maybe I don’t. Still trying to decide. I usually don’t like to spend a lot […]
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Apparently this is the “most depressive day of the year”, due to bad weather and Christmas debt and a whole host of other reasons researchers tell us we should be feeling lousy today. For what it’s worth, I think this little guy has the right idea. How many more days til bare feet are back […]
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A while back I wrote a post on Raber’s Almanac, an annual guide used by the Amish. The Almanac includes an extensive listing of Amish church districts and their ministers. It also includes a Scripture and hymn schedule for church service as well as some folk wisdom and even a dab of astrology, which I […]
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Ruth at Body, Soul, and Spirit shares the above photo and others in a recent post about a trip through an Old Order Mennonite-inhabited region in Canada. Notice the wheels, or rather tires on this carriage. Stephen Scott explains in Plain Buggies: Amish, Mennonite, and Brethren Horse-Drawn Transportation that rubber tires are common for the […]
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In an unusual appearance for an Amishman, Amos Miller, whose Lancaster County farm was featured last week in a BusinessWeek profile, has done an interview for a Portland, Oregon radio station. The interview is interesting on a number of levels: the business philosophies shared by Amos (“bigger business is not always better”, “we’re really losing […]
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David Luthy shares the history of Nathan Smiley, born in Ireland to a British mother in 1797. At age four, Nathan arrived in America with his mother, and for reasons unexplained was placed in a foster home in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. That home happened to belong to an Amish family. On coming of age, Nathan chose […]