22 responses to The work of Dr. Holmes Morton
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    Marilyn from NY
    Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (October 30th, 2012 at 08:00)

    I think the work Dr. Morton has dedicated his life to is outstanding. His Amish work should be on TV rather than some of that other non-sense shows that are on. He and his wife are special to do this type of work.


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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on An update on the Lancaster area from storm Sandy! (October 30th, 2012 at 08:20)

    An update on the Lancaster area from storm Sandy!

    I have heard of Dr. Holmes Morton’s clinic here in Lancaster county so I admire the work that he’s doing for the plain community.

    With the storm Sandy passing through our part of Pennsylvania early this morning Id like to say that I hope no one was hurt in anyway from the high winds and flooding. I still have power which seems to be amazing because I was expecting the worst to be honest, and I can still lose power but I’m really grateful to still have it at the moment.

    We seem to flood here in the Lancaster area when things like this happen with creeks and lakes overflow and bleed on to our roads, so before I attempt to leave my home I will be watching our local news to get some kind of assessment of road conditions. New York City seems to have been blasted with flooding seen in many areas of the City, and New Jersey also got hit very hard as well.

    Richard from www.Amishstories.net

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      Comment on Hurricane Sandy in PA (October 30th, 2012 at 15:45)

      Hurricane Sandy in PA

      Richard thanks for a little news from PA. I spoke with a friend in Lancaster yesterday…kids were out of school by 1pm, it had been raining all day and he already had his sump pump going. I asked if he had his scuba gear ready to go. In all seriousness I hope that those in the path of the storm are able to avoid the worst of it.

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (October 30th, 2012 at 10:00)

    An amazing man and physician. How wonderful he and his wife have dedicated their lives to helping others.

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    Comment on Comment on the work of Dr. Holmes Morton (October 30th, 2012 at 11:29)

    Comment on the work of Dr. Holmes Morton

    Erik, it is a video like this, and so many likewise valuable offerings, that make Amish America unique, and so worthwhile! It was informative and inspiring on so many levels, I just can’t say enough ebout it. I was employed by Mayo Clinic, Minnesota, for 20 years, and we do live within driving distance of Amish communities in Minnesota and Wisconsin, so this was of special interest. THank you, thank you, THANK YOU!

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      Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (October 30th, 2012 at 15:33)

      Thanks Judy! I have to give Annmarie some credit for reminding me about this video. I knew it existed but had never watched it until she mentioned it on another comment thread last week. Quite moving at times, I thought. Dr. Morton himself seems moved at a number of times in the film, speaking about his work and patients. http://amishamerica.com/plain-intolerance-amish-documentary/#comment-43539

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (October 30th, 2012 at 13:18)

    Loved the opportunity to see this PBS video on Dr Morton and the Plain Community. Thank you so much for posting it.

    I’ve read several fictionalized accounts based on Dr Morton’s work in Amish novels and am ecstatic to see the man for real.

    Re: the annual benefit auction — is it strictly for the Amish community to attend, or do they have a way to promote financial growth by inviting or hosting tour buses to come in just for the auction?

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      Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (October 30th, 2012 at 15:37)

      I don’t know that they actively invite tour buses Carolyn, but plenty of non-Amish people do attend. I wrote a little about attending the auction a few years ago:


      Morton showed the crowd a simple wooden birdhouse and explained that it had been made by a local 17-year-old boy who suffered from a rare disease. Just a few years ago, Morton pointed out, someone with his condition would not be physically able to make something like it. But thanks to medical advances, this boy could and did.

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    Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (October 30th, 2012 at 15:10)

    Erik, What an amazing and inspiring story! Thanks for sending this to us. I was so taken by the associations with our Ed, funny that Dr. Morton loves cello!

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    Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (October 30th, 2012 at 20:35)

    Thank you, Erk. My husband and I made time to watch this tonight, and we are so glad we did. It is encuraging to know there are doctors like this, making a difference that really matters.

    It would be interesting if you could meet with him seometime for a personal interview on what is ‘average’ day looks like, and how he sees the clinic after his retirement.

    Thanks again for this entry. Love you work and dedication!

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      Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (November 5th, 2012 at 10:44)

      Margaret I appreciate this, and glad to be able to spread this story a little further. I’m curious to see how the new initiatives will turn out. I’ve never actually met Dr. Morton. Agreed, would love to speak with him–watching the film I didn’t sense any ego there, which was impressive in its own right, given what he has accomplished.

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    Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (October 30th, 2012 at 21:02)

    What a really wonderful video! And please keep us updated as best you can about how Amish in Pennsylvania and New York and elsewhere fared in the storm, as we probably won’t see that anywhere else.

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      Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (November 5th, 2012 at 10:48)

      Adair, if you haven’t seen it yet, there is a thread with updates from various places: http://amishamerica.com/hurricane-sandy-open-thread/

      I did correspond with another Amish friend on Friday. He said it wasn’t as bad as in other places, perhaps because of them being in the direct path of the eye of the storm (?)

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        Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (November 5th, 2012 at 11:33)

        Thanks! I will look at that thread as soon as I can!

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    Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (November 2nd, 2012 at 20:34)

    I was just able to get on to AA today bc my area was hit so hard by the storm. Just got power back after 5 days. I work as a Microbiologist and we lost our entire lab…so sad…Anyways, I am so happy you posted the link here. It is such an inspirational piece. One that gives hope…in so many ways. As a parent to an 11 year old boy who is bright, but struggles in school…I watched it with him so, he can see what a great man Dr. Morton is and the unconventional path he took. To keep it brief, you can achieve anything you desire with hard work. Looking forward to catching up on AA now that my Internet is back.

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      Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (November 5th, 2012 at 10:41)

      Annmarie I hope you manage at work somehow, that must be beyond discouraging.

      Glad you were able to get back on and catch us up, and people will continue to pray for those hit, I am sure.

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    Kathie M
    Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (November 18th, 2012 at 13:44)

    Eric, I’m a little later in seeing this video, but I felt moved to express my gratitude to you for providing it. I have had a long-standing interest in learning more about Dr. Morton and the Clinic for Special Children, both because of my love and interest in the Amish and because of my own life’s work. I have served as a pediatric occupational therapist for nearly 30 years now. Serving children with special needs, particularly in early intervention with infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children,has gifted me with the privilege of working very closely with these children and their families – mostly in our little center, with some being served on a weekly basis in their homes or local daycare settings. I continue to learn so much from each of these children and their families, and have some understanding of the long hours spent researching more about their conditions so that I can better help to reduce the effects of their disabilities and increase the possibilities for their lives. This truly has been and continues to be deeply meaningful work for me,and I feel blessed to have had some small part in their life journies – and for the bonds that often continue years after I no longer am directly serving them. I am inspired by Dr. Holmes Morton’s story and the important work that he, his wife, and the staff continue to do within the Plain community. It felt so important and appropriate that the Amish and Mennonite community came together to “raise” the clinic, and that it is located down a long lane on an Amish farm. That the community can embrace and feel comfortable in this place, and trust and support its staff is so important to getting early diagnoses and care. Truly this place was meant to be, and continues to bless many. I fully trust that the work that has been started will continue long after Dr. Morton retires – which, hopefully, won’t be any time soon! Thanks again for sharing this with us, Eric – and for the additional links!

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    Comment on Holmes Morton lecture - Elizabethtown College (November 23rd, 2012 at 10:40)

    Holmes Morton lecture - Elizabethtown College

    Just to follow up, a description of Dr. Morton’s Nov. 8 lecture can be found here: http://www.etown.edu/centers/young-center/Morton-research.aspx

    There you’ll also find a number of links concerning his work, the first of which takes you to a 167-page PDF document entitled: “Roads Taken: Recollections, Words, and Images from Meaningful Work: Selected Stories, Essays, and Letters 1988-2012, for the Durnbaugh Lectures at Elizabethtown College, November 8, 2012.”

    There is a lot there, including vignettes and thoughts on some of his patients he’s treated through the years and their families. I’ve only scratched the surface of it but I suspect there will be much of interest there to anyone who has followed Dr. Morton’s work.

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    Comment on The work of Dr. Holmes Morton (February 18th, 2013 at 21:11)

    According to a newsletter from a bookstore, a new book has been published titled “God’s Special Children,” by Benuel M. Fisher. The description reads, “Since 1988 Dr. Morton has researched a rare genetic disorder that has suddenly struck especially Amish children in Lancaster County. He has done much to help them. This is the story of several such children. Paperback. 186 pages.” $9.50 plus shipping

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    Jacqueline reber
    Comment on thanks Dr. morton (January 13th, 2014 at 14:15)

    thanks Dr. morton

    I am a patient of dr motons and i love him to death. i thank him so much for saving my life countless times. hes a awesome hero and is my hero for my research project in LA today.

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