18 responses to Maine Amish
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    Natalie King
    Comment on Sorry Reggie (July 27th, 2016 at 09:39)

    Sorry Reggie

    I am sorry Reggie but no can do on Trump. I do not want to see America turn into a dictatorship. I also support the rights of others. I can see from Trumps stand of Religious freedoms that as soon as he is done with Muslims, Hispanics, LGB, he will be after groups like our friends the Amish & Mennonites. Also as a woman I want to keep my rights and freedoms that we have worked so hard to gain over the years. You really need to read, “IT CAN’T HAPPEN HERE: WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN AMERICA HAS A DICTATOR?, by SINCLAIR LEWIS. It is like a prophecy of trumps coming.

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    Natalie King
    Comment on Sorry Reggie, (July 27th, 2016 at 09:42)

    Sorry Reggie,

    Further, I do not believe this is a site for political discussion. Leave that to Facebook and social media.

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    Mark — Holmes Co.
    Comment on Maine Amish (July 27th, 2016 at 09:59)

    Amen! Well said Natalie! There are plenty of sites on-line that will welcome political discussions.

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    Comment on American Artist, Amish Content (December 21st, 2016 at 18:54)

    American Artist, Amish Content

    I am an American Painter of some renown. I am very interested in to know if there would be an Amish Community in Main where I might be able to live amongst, or at least visit and interact a number of days each week, for a period of a few months, preferably in the summer. I am also willing to work a couple of days a week in whatever capacity needed, to broaden my experience. I wish to do a whole series of paintings about the people, their culture, and my experiences there. I am respectful, and willing to abide by any rules or requirements set forth by the community, and would welcome any suggestions.

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    Comment on Amish blogging (January 23rd, 2017 at 12:34)

    Amish blogging

    I thought it was strange to see a blog about the Amish. They don’t have computers! So who is running this blog? I am a 59 year old nurse thinking about joining an Amish community. I live in Massachusetts so Maine is the closest. I am a born again Christian so I am accustomed to their beliefs and baptism. I got baptized in 2010. Not sure about speaking German though. They live in America, they may be Amish but they are also Americans. Americans speak English. I’m not willing to do otherwise. It’s a patriotic thing I have. I believe in having ancestry, that’s important. But when you decide to live in America, you speak American. I was born here and I will die here and I will speak English. They don’t talk much about healthcare except that they take trips to the hospital. I am a nurse of 38 years. Can’t I work for them and take care of them as a nurse? I also cook and bake. I am wondering what restrictions they have on ingredients other than alcohol of course.

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      Mark — Holmes Co.
      Comment on Maine Amish (January 24th, 2017 at 07:06)

      So… you are thinking about joining the Amish but have already decided a large part of the culture – the language – is not going to work for you. (And Americans DO speak many languages, or are you saying immigrants who don’t immediately drop their language are not really Americans? That could really open up a can of worms and start a discussion on America’s history.) Anyhow, so in deciding you won’t speak German because of your patriotic beliefs you are not going to read the history & religious writings, understand sermons or hymns, converse with children who might not yet know English, or grasp all of the casual conversations going on around you? Joining another culture can be challenging enough — doing so while choosing to isolate yourself linguistically is almost impossible.

      I can and do speak English. (I write it, too. :)) But within our community, I speak the dialect. Knowing more than one language enriches a person. (As I believe is the idea behind teaching other languages besides English in the public schools.)

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      Comment on Maine Amish (January 24th, 2017 at 09:14)

      Americans speak English? I do, but I also speak another language. I am born & raised here and expect to die here, but I also appreciate my heritage and culture! What a puzzling attitude for someone wishing to become Amish. I’m starting to get why the Amish are wary of people who want to join them out of the blue.

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        Natalie King
        Comment on I agree with you. (January 24th, 2017 at 12:00)

        I agree with you.

        Too many people see Amish as a fad, they do not realize the hard work and dedication it takes to be one of these very unique people. It is saddens me to see this sort of thing. Being Amish takes a very special person.

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      Natalie King
      Comment on I fear you are not committed (January 24th, 2017 at 11:57)

      I fear you are not committed

      It appears to me, reading your statement that you are chasing a dream and not committed to the cause. You are seeking a slower quieter world, not the hard and dedicated life of the Amish. Amish do not get involved in politics, do not show patriotism, or practice the Christianity you are “born again” to. You do more than bake and cook, you will be growing food-animals and you don’t go to the store when you need meat or veggie. You will be sewing your own clothes. Laundry is done with homemade soap and if you are lucky with a ringer washer run on a generator. Your walls will be barren of photos art or decorations. You will heat with wood that YOU carry in after cutting and splitting. You cook on a wood stove. The language is an important part of the community and heritage. I would say, reading what you posted you are more set to be an off girder than a member of the Amish community. As far as being a nurse, yes it maybe helpful however Amish are strongly natural-herbal medicine. Minimal encounters with modern medicine. I hope this will help you in your decision. FYI, we have been close friends with several Amish families for years and am sharing this info with you based on our knowledge of these fascinating and loving people.

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        American Anabaptist
        Comment on The Seeker's Quandry (March 31st, 2018 at 15:21)

        The Seeker's Quandry

        Your desire, Christine, is plausible. People have gone Amish and stayed. It is possible but extremely difficult. Be prepared to deal with requirements that are not, to your way of thinking, scripturally defendable but upon which your acceptance and membership hinge. Listen closely to what Mark and Natalie said. It will cost you more than you can possibly anticipate. If you wish to dive into the mechanics of culture, Christianity, and seekers, I recommend this book which just came out:


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      Jennifer Sinclair
      Comment on You speak American? (May 17th, 2017 at 15:29)

      You speak American?

      You “speak American”? So what Native American language do uou speak? English is from England, a bunch of immigrants Christine.

      The reason you don’t want to speak another language is not a “patriotic thing”, rather it is a “lazy thing”.

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      Comment on Browning , Vermont Amish (September 12th, 2018 at 21:21)

      Browning , Vermont Amish

      We have a community of Amish living in Brownington Vermont for the pass few years. It would be closer then Maine for you.

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        Comment on Extended Stay (September 13th, 2018 at 02:29)

        Extended Stay

        Would this mean that it would be possible to live/work amoungst your community in the future for reference information for my artwork??? Interested.

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    Comment on I Totally agree with Mark, Natalie, and Will (January 26th, 2017 at 20:18)

    I Totally agree with Mark, Natalie, and Will

    If you want to become Amish then it is 100%, you adapt to their culture and not that they adapt to what you want them to be.

    I Respect the Amish very much what they do (culturally, tradition, Faith, their inventiveness and etc). Because of my respect to the Amish, I have never asked them if I could join them!

    The more Languages you know the better. In the German speaking part of Switzerland the Dialects is the Spoken Language and High German is learned in School so is French, Italian, or Raetoromanisch (which is a descendant of the spoken Latin Language and it is spoken in parts of the Canton of Grisons or in german Graubuenden). And when I came to North America I learned English. Pennylvannia Deutsch is an American Language same as French is for Quebec Canada or Spanish for some parts of the US.

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      Mark — Holmes Co.
      Comment on Maine Amish (January 27th, 2017 at 10:28)

      Very well said, Urs. your first paragraph is quote-worthy!

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    Comment on Does the Amish Community offer cooking class's? (February 3rd, 2018 at 01:49)

    Does the Amish Community offer cooking class's?

    Do any one in the Amish Community offer cooking classes? I personally would love to try my hand at a few dishes?

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    Comment on Maine Amish (July 7th, 2018 at 17:04)

    Hi: So there are two other newer communities here in Maine that I know of: One in Smithfield which are Black Top Amish, and one in Whitefield which is older and bigger.

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    Comment on Amish in Whitefield Maine (August 12th, 2018 at 19:00)

    Amish in Whitefield Maine

    We currently have at least five families, here now in Whitefield. They have been good respectful, quiet neighbors. Mr. Yoder has re-opened a local sawmill on RT 218N, while another gentleman has begun a small shed/storage/outhouse business on RT 126W. The local farms they’ve moved into are coming back to life and that’s so very wonderful to see. Three of those farms have small stands where they sell homemade jelly/jam, pickles, pastries and other foods. Fresh handmade yeast bread and many types of vegetables from their gardens. One sold cantaloupe and watermelon last summer as well. The family that has settled into what has been known as Norman Chases Farm or Happy Farm on Rt126W by the Sheepscot River bridge (near the Whitefield Elementary School) by locals, sells handmade quilts, baskets and straw hats as well as farm made food and preserves. A fresh vege stand on Rt218S also sells preserves and Pickle’s made on site. Just past that Amish farm lies another on the opposite side of 218S,headed toward Alna and
    Wiscasset. They also sell fresh breaf and other lovely things made on site at the farm. It’s a lovely ride on a bright sunny Saturday to check out these places and meet our newest Whitefield Amish farmers.

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