12 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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    Christine
    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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      Will
      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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      Comment on You speak American? (May 17th, 2017 at 15:29)

      You speak American?

      Christine,
      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”.
      Jennifer

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    Urs
    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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