25 responses to Inside an Amish Home: Attitude Adjustors
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    Comment on Inside an Amish Home: Attitude Adjustors (July 1st, 2011 at 06:14)

    growing -up In my old neighborhood of New York city, the only attitude adjusters that i knew was called a baseball bat. Luckily i was born with fast legs at the time so my contact with it was very rare. Maybe that’s why i can never watch a baseball game again, at least when I’m not running. Richard from Pennsylvania

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    Comment on ha! (July 1st, 2011 at 06:58)


    Great post, I have enjoyed bubblegum offerings here in OK, works great 😉

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    Osiah Horst
    Comment on Attitude Adjuster (July 1st, 2011 at 07:11)

    Attitude Adjuster

    Amish and Mennonites are not necessarily as calm as their demeanor might suggest. One English woman who taught school in our parochial school thought Mannonites never show any emotions. Then she was invited to attend an ordination service at our local Mennonite meeting house. This is considered a very serious occasion, where the lot is used to select a new minister or deacon. Every candidate would consider himself unworty of the office which is for the person’s lifetime. Many tears are shed in the course of the service – not because it is so sad but because this will be a life changing experience for the family affected. We are trained to hide or control our emotions but even anger is not an unknown emotion, especially at times of church problems. The plain people are often referred to as “the quiet in the land” but Fred Kniss suggests that it is otherwise in his book “Disquiet in the Land” where he studies church splits. Emotions are usually involved at these times.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on Inside an Amish Home: Attitude Adjustors (July 1st, 2011 at 07:38)


    I think everyone has emotions, some just hide them better than others. But we ALL get upset or angry, whether plain or not.

    What I would like to know is where do you get a box of “Attitude Adjusters” that looks like that?? I think that is a neat idea and would not mind having a box or two sitting on my shelf, LOL.

    Blessings, Alice

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    Osiah very interesting and certainly so. This was on the tongue in cheek side of things and i think the calm demeanor is a stereotype with many examples pointing in the opposite direction. I have heard discussion on whether hiding emotions is in the long run healthy. I think it has come up in Old Order circles as well.

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Home: Attitude Adjustors (July 1st, 2011 at 08:54)

    I have heard the comment from parishioners that I seemed to always maintain a calm, cool attitude in the face of disaster, but I made sure the same parishioners weren’t around when I was shearing sheep or trying to catch them. They also never had the opportunity to see me let one of my sons know just how I felt.

    Attitude ADjustors in the Anglican Church take the form of bottles of 12 year old brown liquids. Adults only.

    Osiah, tears at ordination are common across denominations. We call them holy tears.

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Home: Attitude Adjustors (July 1st, 2011 at 10:54)

    A very charming post! You had me in suspense and delivered some chuckles.

    Thank you! I think we all have stashes of “attitude adjustors” around the home (can you say milk chocolate?)

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    Alice a good question.Will ask my buddy. It might take a secretive under the table transaction in the back of the dry goods store to obtain this kind of contraband. Will report back 😉

    Paula glad you liked it. My top attitude adjustor is usually coffee.

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    Magdalena maybe the sheep need attitude adjustors of their own 🙂

    Richard I cannot watch a baseball game either but because of the sheer boredom. So I feel doubly bad for you. I hope you never had your attitude adjusted in one of those NYC baseball races.

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Home: Attitude Adjustors (July 1st, 2011 at 12:11)

    The mind is a funny thing. When I first looked into the box, I didn’t see candy. I was trying to determine what sort of “old order” discipline tool was in there! After reading the caption, all I can see is candy. Weird.

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      Comment on Inside an Amish Home: Attitude Adjustors (December 9th, 2013 at 02:46)

      I thought there would be cards with Biblical sayings on them about different emotions. Boy, was I surprised to find that there was candy in there! Which is great, of course. Everyone needs a little sweet every once in a while, no matter how old you are. I would also put milk or dark chocolate in there. Yum!

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on You made my day! (July 1st, 2011 at 12:14)

    You made my day!

    I could have used (like Paula suggests) a milk chocolate attitude adjustor this morning when I popped a button just as I was rushing out the door to work (I sure hope “Attitude Adjustors” are good for 24/7 use)!

    You gave me a good idea, though, for our candy jar at work. I think I’ll make an appropriate label for it, and see if it empties sooner rather than later!

    (Magdalena’s “remedy” sounds good, too, but probably not at the library!)

    Alice Mary

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      caroleena jones
      Comment on re: attitude adjustors (July 3rd, 2012 at 16:29)

      re: attitude adjustors

      we keep a bowl of mixed chocolates in the bottm drawer of the office I work in. It is a small office, but everyone from staff to delivery guys to us managers use it often. It does work. I shop for the chocolate individually wrapped pcs. it is justified as OFFICE SUPPLIES in petty cash

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    Beth shriver
    Comment on Inside an Amish Home: Attitude Adjustors (July 1st, 2011 at 15:01)

    Liked that one Erik!

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Home: Attitude Adjustors (July 2nd, 2011 at 15:48)

    Just checking in on Amish America, and i trust everyones July 4 weekend is coming along nicely. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

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    Comment on Canada Day in a straw hat of the Amish style (July 2nd, 2011 at 21:23)

    Canada Day in a straw hat of the Amish style

    Yes, the Canada Day long weekend is coming along quite nicely, Friday June 1- Sunday June 3. I saw some nice fireworks and walked around a local festival, I am looking forward to seeing my favorite Canadian band on the third.
    I wore my Amish/Mennonite style straw hat to the fireworks display and a nice and friendly lady called me out on it, I mean, we and other girls and gents were talking about a lot of stuff while waiting for a bus away from the park.
    “You’re not from around here are you?” she asked.
    “Yes I am, born and raised, spent my whole life in the area.” I smiled.
    “But it’s the hat. People around here just don’t wear that style of hat too often if at all.”
    “Oh, well, I like odd hats. I don’t see too many young people wearing fedoras, either, which is a real shame, but myself, I always wanted a straw hat like this and I jumped at the chance to buy this one when I had it.” I explained, adding: “I like that it keeps the sun off my face and ears”.
    She was a nice lady and it was a fun conversation.

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    Comment on Happy Canada Day (July 3rd, 2011 at 03:01)

    Happy Canada Day

    To Shom and all other Canadian readers, happy Canada Day! And nice use of your hat. You may be starting a trend 🙂 I am ignorant here, are there any other special ways of celebrating Canada Day besides fireworks and festivals?

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    Richard I am still in Poland for July 4, but have my plane ticket back to the US in just a few weeks. Poles and Americans get along pretty well, but I don’t think I’ll be seeing too many fireworks here Monday 🙂

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    Comment on A great party weekend (July 3rd, 2011 at 08:44)

    A great party weekend

    No ignorance needed, Erik, Canadians do the same things Americans do for the Fourth when we celebrate the First of July.
    All the same sort of events go on. I personally like it when the First is a Friday and the Fourth is a Monday, I like that most of the continent will be partying in someway at some point during a three day weekend. It makes for a good time all around.

    Oh, and on topic too, some people do need attitude adjusters during the long weekend wither it starts on a Friday or extends the long weekend through a Monday.

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    Comment on Erik's trip back to the USA...... (July 3rd, 2011 at 08:53)

    Erik's trip back to the USA......

    Hey Erik….. Well i hope your trip is a very safe one, and I’m sure your very much looking forward to coming back home for a visit. And have you made progress on your book?. Again happy birthday America………. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

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    Comment on Happy July 4 everyone.......... (July 3rd, 2011 at 09:03)

    Happy July 4 everyone..........

    Hey Erik….. Well i hope your trip is a very safe one when you do leave Poland, and I’m sure your very much looking forward to coming back home for a visit to the good old USA………… Again happy birthday America on this July 4………. Richard from the Amish settlement of Lebanon Pennsylvania.

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    Julie Turner
    Comment on attitude adjustors (July 3rd, 2011 at 16:44)

    attitude adjustors

    I think having candies to adjust our attitudes is a very good idea.
    We can all have our times, when we are not being sweet, so maybe a little sweetning up is what we all need.
    Julie (Australia)

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    Comment on Inside an Amish Home: Attitude Adjustors (July 4th, 2011 at 07:13)

    Sorry for the 2 post folks, not sure what happened there. Richard

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    Richard sorry I missed responding earlier, and thanks for asking about the book, it is coming along, hope to have a nice update on it soon 🙂 I am very much looking forward to being back in the US

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