4 responses to How are Amish dealing with the recession?
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    Magdalena
    Comment on How are Amish dealing with the recession? (February 2nd, 2010 at 10:00)

    It’s interesting to hear that Plainclothing is a growth industry. It’s not only the Old-Orders who buy it. As youmight know from my blog, there is a substantial and gorwing group of Plain dressing people outside the traditional Anabaptist groups. Many did not grow up in Plain communities, so need some direction in dressing Plain, buying Plain, and mostly, living Plain. Amish America helps with that, certainly! Many of us new-Plain people don’t have the sewing background or perhaps the time to produce our own clothing, andlook to outside vendors. We often exchange information on good vendors.

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    Ann Whitaker
    Comment on How are Amish dealing with the recession? (February 2nd, 2010 at 23:25)

    Thanks for the new website and info. I know an Alvin Hershberger in Ohio–will soon be reading you book!
    Best of luck to you.

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    Comment on How are Amish dealing with the recession? (February 4th, 2010 at 17:30)

    Hey Magdalena, thanks a bunch, and I did notice that from your blog. It is an interesting trend and a positive one. Learning sewing would be a challenge, at least it would for me.

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    Comment on Giving Amish pseudonyms in books (February 4th, 2010 at 17:40)

    Giving Amish pseudonyms in books

    One of the first few pages of my book is a note on names which explains why I chose to ‘rename’ the Amish in my book (typical issues of pride and avoiding the spotlight, etc). When I was going through the process of choosing ‘pseudonyms’, sometimes one would come to me immediately, and I just knew it ‘fit’ the person, and other times it would take me a while to come up with one. ‘Alvin’ was from the second category. It took me a while to think of one that ‘fit’ the person I had in mind. But somehow ‘Alvin’ definitely fits him.

    But the actual ‘Alvin’ (if I could say his real name, that would make my explanation easier of course, but need to stick to the confidentiality clause here), who’s read a draft part of the book, loves it, and when we ring him up I’ve gotten to calling him by his pseudonym as a bit of a joke, with a lot of laughs of course. In fact come to think of it I’ve had a similar experience with another Amish contributor who seems to quite like his new moniker as well.

    I guess having a second name might be kind of fun, and I’m looking forward to the reaction when my contributors read their words under their new names!

    And Ann, thank you.

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