26 responses to Amish Conference Photos and Links
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    Comment on Amish Conference Photos and Links (June 14th, 2013 at 08:14)

    Thanks for the pictures and the links Erik! The “selfie” made me giggle because I remember doing that when I first got my tablet (iPad 2). So yes, I do have one. I use it mainly for reading on the Kindle app but also to check the weather and Facebook. 90% of the time it is used for reading on the Kindle app though. Sounds like an expensive piece of technology just to read but I happened to be one of those lucky ducks who won it in a contest. Would I buy another if something happened to this one? Yes. But that is only because I’m a bookworm and I’m frugal. And since Amazon has thousands upon thousands of free Kindle books each day, it’s a piece of technology that I find beneficial to me.

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      Comment on Nexus 7 (June 14th, 2013 at 09:27)

      Nexus 7

      Rose I was trying to take a picture of the ceiling in the Musser Auditorium but someone jumped in the photo 🙂

      I have a Nexus 7 (smaller 7-inch tablet) which I thought would be ideal (I can carry it in a coat pocket but the screen size is ample enough for me) and it is turning out to be a good choice. It was really handy for instance toting around the conf. and using for posting. If I had to carry a laptop all day there might have been just one conference post 🙂

      I can now see with all the apps, games, and other things available on tablets and smartphones, why people spend so much time on these. Someone I was speaking with recently felt games were the biggest danger in terms of taking over the lives of people who get addicted to them.

      I can see playing some games as a way to unwind for a little while, but the ones that are available now are light years ahead of the ones I grew up with (I had an Atari 2600 as a kid) and I can see how engrossing they could be.

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        Comment on Distraction and devices (June 14th, 2013 at 20:17)

        Distraction and devices

        I have a problem with modern technology, especially the internet enabled phones that people are texting and playing on while they are walking around high traffic public areas. I have nearly had people walk into me and glare at me like I was the one not paying attention when at the almost last moment people glance up and notice. And for a lot of these people simple words and phrases like “sorry” and “excuse me” seem to be foreign especially when their off in their little phone related world.

        Not too long ago I saw an internet video which expresses, in a round about my feelings about this with a bit of play on words. The internet comedians musicians Nice Peter and EpicLloyd lampooned Bill Gates and Steve Jobs in their “Epic Rap Battles of History” and I like the lyric “iphone, ipad, ipwn, isnap!” (that line was delivered by EpicLloyd as Bill Gates)..

        I lament certain aspects of our modern society. sigh (says a guy who spends a chunk of time each day on the internets for different perpouses).

        With everything going on in my offline life I sometimes distract myself by reading Amish America and watching music videos online, including the last couple of days several spins of EpicLloyd’s very creative “The L verse – Delux Edition” rap video.

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    Comment on Amish Conference Photos and Links (June 14th, 2013 at 09:09)

    Thanks for the photos! I’d love to hear a recording of the singing; is there any chance one will be made available? Just audio would be terrific, since I respect the Amish desire to stay off-camera. And I do hope some of the conference sessions are put up online; I was hoping to watch some of them live, but am self-employed and got swamped with work so couldn’t spare the time, unfortunately. It sounds like it was a great experience!

    I use a Kindle, too. I get free or deeply discounted books, and can keep up my reading habit that way without spending a fortune. Plus it’s very useful when traveling, not only for reading but for email, videos, and looking at websites (I got a Kindle Fire for that very reason). Fortunately, most of my discretionary spending is on yarn rather than electronics, since I’m an avid knitter, and that’s a timeless, portable hobby that doesn’t require any technology!

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      Comment on Singing (June 14th, 2013 at 09:34)


      Hi Laura, thanks for asking and I know a lot of people would like that, but I can say definitively that there won’t be any recording released of this event…this was one of the stipulations for groups listening–no recording, no applause at the end.

      Good they made this clear to listeners as I’m sure both would have happened if they hadn’t. I know there are some recordings of Amish singing here and there online (there is also a bit in the PBS documentary) but not sure about slow church songs. Probably hard to get permission for that.

      I will let know if I hear anything about the session recordings, I haven’t gotten a concrete response on that yet.

      Interesting to hear about the yarn and knitting, and actually some would say that it does take technology–what are the sticks you use to do the knitting called? (guess you can tell how much I know) 🙂 Not high-tech, but a type of tech nonetheless?

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Not to techie (June 14th, 2013 at 09:12)

    Not to techie

    I have resisted most of the new tech gadgets. Just going from a desktop to a laptop has effected my habits and I find I waste more time. I did try my son’s Kindle but found I prefer my real books and laptop better. I also think it would lead to more time disconnected from those around me. I do not text message for that reason. My grand children and my children come to visit but stay on their phones or I-pads the whole time. They are here but not here. I miss the personal contact that all this new technology has replaced. Maybe that is what stirred my interest in the Amish. I crave their community life style.
    I see from the pictures that there were quite a number of fiction book displays. Like the shot of you. 🙂

    • You don't need a Kindle to read Kindle books

      Yes I was having fun between speakers 🙂 I kind of wish I took more photos of people around the conference but for some reason didn’t think to.

      “Here but not here”. Well put and too true.

      One thing that might be useful to know is that you don’t need a Kindle to read Kindle books–there are a wide variety of free programs from Amazon that will let you read Kindle books just about anywhere.

      I have Kindle Reader on my computer, as well as the Kindle browser app (both allow reading from my laptop), plus the Kindle app on my tablet. Just thought I’d mention it in case not everyone knew that–can read on an existing device without having to buy the reader.

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        Comment on Free Kindle Books posted daily (June 14th, 2013 at 10:51)

        Free Kindle Books posted daily

        For anyone that is interested, each day I post a large selection of free Kindle books on my other site. There are also links showing you were you can get the Kindle app for the device you are using. http://www.roseknowscoupons.com/freebies/kindlebooks

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          Jean Junkin
          Comment on Amish Books (June 14th, 2013 at 13:25)

          Amish Books

          Almost all of the books I saw standing on the table I have. Would the lady who said she has kindle books please send me the link. I would love to register for the free kindle books. Here is my e-mail address: jean.junkin@gmail.com

          Thanks Jean

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    Debbie H
    Comment on Amish Conference Photos and Links (June 14th, 2013 at 10:45)

    What is the topic of discussion for the last picture? Family?

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      Comment on Esprit advertisement & quilt collection (June 14th, 2013 at 11:07)

      Esprit advertisement & quilt collection

      That is from Janneken Smucker’s quilts talk. It’s a pretty fascinating history–the founder of the Esprit clothing company was apparently a lover of Amish quilts–purchased many of them and hung them in Esprit corporate headquarters. Part of this collection was eventually sold to the Heritage Center of Lancaster County. In the photo, the image on the right is an Esprit clothing ad from the 1980s. Janneken pointed out what seemed to be Amish quilt influences in the clothing.

      Here’s one account of the Esprit collection’s journey: http://www.restartretirement.com/2012/04/03/ongoing-story/

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on I need distraction... (June 14th, 2013 at 14:43)

    I need distraction...

    Yes, I could use some distraction right now–my daughter is in labor with her 2nd child/daughter as I write this.

    I will check out all of those links once I send this on.

    I’m far from being a “tekkie”–my husband bought me an MP3 player about 10 yrs. ago (when the library where I work started offering downloadable audiobooks) and I may have used it two or three times. I don’t even know where it is right now! Two Christmases ago, (also because of library offerings), he got me a Sony Reader, which I use for reading & sometimes notes–I can access the ‘net from it, but it’s B & W & slow/tiny). Last Christmas, he got me a Kindle Fire HD (again, library-related—don’t forget,the public expects us to know how to use all of these gadgets-HA!) I’ve used it mainly to watch video (lots better quality than my OLD, “tube TV”, even though it’s small–tablet size) Good sound, too, so I’ve downloaded some music. I have some books loaded on it & read a bit, but I like my Sony for reading (thinner/smaller/lighter,and I don’t need color for black & white print!). I also play Words with Friends, but only with myself (player 1 & 2)—I never liked competition!

    Here’s something that was a pleasant surprise: Erik, you mentioned a book about an English woman who turned Amish (true story) which was only available via Kindle–this was probably a year & a half ago. So, I downloaded the Kindle app to my laptop, and purchased the book & read it on the laptop. When I got my Kindle last Dec. & set up my account, voila! That book was already loaded on my Kindle. I just never thought about it once I finished reading it on my laptop.

    OK, back to those links! And a thank you to Rose for the link to the free Kindle books! A great resource! Our library patrons would love the freebies—we can only (as a library) afford so many eBooks to offer patrons,and the waiting lists are usually pretty long, with only 2-week checkout.

    Aw, cute photo, Erik! 🙂

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Free Kindle Books (June 14th, 2013 at 15:06)

      Free Kindle Books

      Your welcome!

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      Comment on Amish Conference Photos and Links (June 14th, 2013 at 15:39)

      Congratulations Mary Alice on the new addition to your family! The little one will no doubt provide distraction enough when he/she arrives.

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        Alice Mary
        Comment on Amish Conference Photos and Links (June 14th, 2013 at 15:47)

        Thank you, SHOM, she certainly will, along with her “big sister” (2 years,3 mos. old).
        🙂 🙂

        Alice Mary

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    Andrea green
    Comment on Rose (June 14th, 2013 at 14:46)


    Hi Rose, have tried to get on your link for free books, but it wont let me access this site, i am not very tecno, and only use my Iphone for internet, hope you can help many thanks Andrea. 🙂 Hi Erik am loving the pics and reading all about the diffrent sessions happing thank you, great info. 🙂

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      Comment on Free Kindle Books link (June 14th, 2013 at 15:08)

      Free Kindle Books link

      Hi Andrea, try this link again: http://www.roseknowscoupons.com/freebies/kindlebooks

      And if that link does not work for you, you can simply search “Rose Knows Coupons” in Safari on your iPhone and then click “Kindle Books” under the “Freebies” tab.

      If that does not work, you can email me and I will send you the link: contact@roselemke.com

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    Kathy Rowe
    Comment on Amish Conference Photos and Links (June 15th, 2013 at 15:09)

    Great articles on the conference, Erik. Loved the photo’s – especially the next to the last one!
    Is this yearly conference opened to the general public? Looks like it would be interesting to attend.
    Keep up the great articles. Don’t always comment on them, but I love reading all of them and look forward to them each day!
    Have a great summer!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on !!! (June 15th, 2013 at 17:37)


    OK,this isn’t exactly another comment, but I didn’t know where else to post it.

    My second grandchild/granddaughter,Emma Adalynn, was born last night, June 14, 2013, 8 lbs., 4 oz., 20 1/2″ long.

    I spent last night at the hospital with “mother & child” and will be doing so again tonight (they’ll go home tomorrow). I’m in love again!

    I’ll have to research Amish birthing centers/birth experiences/traditions,now that I’m thinking about it!!

    Everyone at Amish America, be well, happy & peaceful!

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Awww, sweet! (June 15th, 2013 at 18:09)

      Awww, sweet!

      Congrats, Alice Mary!
      What a lovely name. I’m sure all our thoughts and prayers are with you, Mom, and the lovely little lady.
      God bless.

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      Comment on Amish Conference Photos and Links (June 17th, 2013 at 10:49)

      Great news Alice Mary, congrats to you and yours. You must be glowing.

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    kathy rowe
    Comment on Amish Conference Photos and Links (June 15th, 2013 at 18:47)

    Congrats, Alice. Love the name. I have a grandchild named Emma also. Enjoy her as she will grow so fast! All the best to mom and baby.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Amish Conference Photos and Links (June 17th, 2013 at 20:17)

    I always appreciate it when Amish America posts include links.
    I enjoyed reading all of the articles that were linked to this
    post, and enjoyed viewing American Experience’s “The Amish”.
    Also enjoyed reading more of Saloma Furlong’s thoughts about the conference on her blog.

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    Comment on Amish Conference Photos and Links (June 26th, 2013 at 09:38)

    I came across a few articles about people that attended the Amish Conference.
    www.westminster.edu/news/releases/release.cfm?id=4316 (Westminster College Professor, June 12)

    http://www.goodreads.com/author_blog_posts/4358924-amish-america-conference (Marta Perry’s blog, June 13)

    http://lyncnews.blogspot.com/2013/06/matt-landis-amishcon-2013-recap-amish_21.html (Matt Landis blog, recap, June 21. Matt takes a “sabbath” from technology work one day a week.)

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    Comment on Amish Conference C-Span (July 29th, 2013 at 08:24)

    Amish Conference C-Span

    C-Span has the 1 hour, 28 minute video available titled, Amish People in America, from June 7, hosted by Elizabethtown College. The 3 co-authors of the book, THE AMISH, have a panel discussion with Callie T. Wiser at the conference, Amish America: Plain Technology in a Cyber World. You can see it at:


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