4 responses to 3 Amish Columnists You Might Enjoy
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    Al in Ky
    Comment on 3 Amish Columnists You Might Enjoy (September 26th, 2018 at 19:50)

    I enjoyed reading these writings from the 3 Amish columnists. I was familiar with Millie Otto’s writings because she is a regular contributor
    to The Budget newspaper. In their letters (news columns from their local communities) published in The Budget, the scribes (writers) write in very similar style to what I read in this post. There are several hundred scribes, both women and men.

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      Comment on Budget Scribes (September 27th, 2018 at 07:32)

      Budget Scribes

      Glad you mentioned the Budget Al. Right, those would be similar in style. I think of the Budget scribes’ writing as something like a Plain social media network, only you get an update on what your friends and family are up to just once a week (and the “Like” button is missing).

      I do like when these writers delve more into more substantive topics like Gloria Yoder did last month when she discussed the 5 things she likes about being Amish. I don’t think they do it too often, but when they do it gives the column another dimension.

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    Dale Ann Harsh
    Comment on Amish Columnists (September 27th, 2018 at 07:30)

    Amish Columnists

    Aw…that was like reading my Aunt Lora’s letters (but those ladies would have to crib their commentary up the side margins too, to get all the goody out of the one little sheet of writing tablet paper she allowed herself). We’d hear how many chicks had hatched and how many piglets they’d got to raise, what the corn crop was like, and how her canning did at the fair. How the baking was going…and how nice it was to have a pipe of water coming right inside to the sink in the kitchen!
    People are forgetting that life should be like the little slices of it provided by these three authors rather than the jam-packed, outrage loaded, frantic reports we are subjected to by ‘modern’ news outlets.

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      Comment on 3 Amish Columnists You Might Enjoy (September 27th, 2018 at 07:45)

      What you said here…

      People are forgetting that life should be like the little slices of it provided by these three authors rather than the jam-packed, outrage loaded, frantic reports we are subjected to by ‘modern’ news outlets.

      …I think hits it on the head. That’s one of the main benefits of these sometimes mundane but true-to-life columns.

      However I think that you get a deeper picture of the Amish by reading things like “The Problem Corner” in publications like Family Life, as well as the letters to the editor in the same publication, just to name a couple. This is one reason I particularly liked Gloria’s “what I like” column as it went a bit beyond a daily accounting of events viewed from the surface.

      I did a post some years back on the Problem Corner, in the examples I covered in that post, they go into issues such as forgiving oneself, dilemmas over doing business with wealthy, worldly non-Amish people, and whether it’s right to discipline children that are not your own.

      http://amishamerica.com/family-life-problem-corner/

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