16 responses to Tiny Houses, Loren Beachy’s Plain Side, and the Amish at Oakland, Maryland
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    Comment on Tiny houses (February 21st, 2014 at 09:07)

    Tiny houses

    I wish I could have one on my property. I love the look. In response to the Amish shows on th. Speaking to an old order Amish women on the ny trail. She said no such thing exist. It would be totally against Amish religious beliefs. And Amish in Ny once the young people left their community, wore English cloths, and had such vulgar language. They would no loner be Amish. Why is such trash out there about such lovely people. Who believe in Gods word and live it each day.

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    Ed from NY
    Comment on Tiny Houses, Loren Beachy’s Plain Side, and the Amish at Oakland, Maryland (February 21st, 2014 at 10:20)

    I love tiny houses! I wish the town I want build in did not have a 600 sqaure foot minimum building code. I’m glad the Amish are in the tiny home business, I think the small house movement is a trend we will be hearing more about.

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    Comment on Tiny Houses, Loren Beachy’s Plain Side, and the Amish at Oakland, Maryland (February 21st, 2014 at 11:10)

    “Ohio chemo case ends well?”

    Nowhere near, matey. Follow your own link. Well or ill, the controversy is not ended, not at all.

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      Comment on ? (February 21st, 2014 at 12:26)


      Matey, hence the question mark. The original guardian has been allowed to drop out and no sign of a new one being appointed. I’m assuming they wouldn’t be back home and planning to see a conventional doctor now if they expected another guardian to be appointed. It’s true that it sounds like the initial appeals court ruling now will be challenged to prevent it being used as precedent in future cases. However they are back home and her health continues to be portrayed positively by spokespeople from the family’s side.

      I can’t help but be skeptical about the approach the family has taken however hope the picture being painted is reality for her sake. The story also states that they haven’t ruled out chemo if her condition worsens (however from what I’ve read relapsed cancer is harder to treat the second go-around). Ending well really entails a healthy Sarah Hershberger which is a longer term question.

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    Kevin L.
    Comment on Tiny Houses (February 21st, 2014 at 11:37)

    Tiny Houses

    Im with you! Ive been aware of the tiny house movement for a while. And while I’m for minimalism and simplicity, I would feel I need more space then that. But more power to those who can live there!

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    Comment on the song (February 21st, 2014 at 12:51)

    the song

    I enjoy the song. Its nice to hear a longer version than the funeral edition, at least I think it is longer.
    I for one find myself humming this song when I need a bit of inspiration.
    Is it possible to find a full version of the song “performed” by any group, plain or not?

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      Comment on The City of Light song (March 27th, 2014 at 07:58)

      The City of Light song

      Hello, Shom, here’s something you might be interested in:


      Look in the second column for a bit different title, “There is a City of God.” It’s an audio of “The City of Light” song, three verses sung a cappella, probably congregational singing.

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    Comment on tinyhouse (February 21st, 2014 at 15:25)


    A few years ago I read about the tiny houses being made in VA. I suggested we needed two of them. His and hers! But we are still in our ‘big’ house.

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    Comment on Tiny Houses (February 21st, 2014 at 17:59)

    Tiny Houses

    I would to have a Tiny House only if the bed room would be on the first floor so we would not have to go stairs or a ladder. And for the singing of City Lights that is the way my mother’s relatives used sing and it was always wonderful.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Tiny Houses, Loren Beachy’s Plain Side, and the Amish at Oakland, Maryland (February 22nd, 2014 at 09:09)

    If I had the room (enough land) + money, I’d love my own small town of tiny houses. I’d choose which to live in (or rent out) daily. My husband has his man cave—I’d have my own “tiny town”.

    So interesting about these Amish, with electricity and a meetinghouse. Beautiful hymn-singing. I’ll have to look up the words–I hope I can find them.

    I know there were English among the Amish in this video, but it seems that even the Amish men here (bearded, no moustache, Amish-looking clothing) seem to have shorter than usual haircuts. Is that part of their liberal culture?

    Thanks for so much more to explore, Erik—when I finally retire, I’ll have my hands full, trying to read as much as I want to!

    Alice Mary

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    Carolyn B
    Comment on Tiny house mention (February 22nd, 2014 at 11:11)

    Tiny house mention

    I am one who follows the tiny house movement as well. I was so pleased to see an Amish connection to the Tumbleweed company, the first tiny house people as far as I know. My idea is not tiny but small which means 400 sq feet minimally usually. It can increase in square footage as the number of family members increase and still be called small for the family up to 1000 sq ft I believe.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on Tiny Houses, Loren Beachy’s Plain Side, and the Amish at Oakland, Maryland (February 22nd, 2014 at 19:26)

    I enjoyed all of the topics in this post, but especially Loren Beachy’s Plain Side, which I was not aware of. I read several of Beachy’s articles, including the most recent one, which was both interesting and inspirational. I copied his thought “If it’s evil, show them God. Nobody ever knows how good it can get.” That is really something to ponder, and put into action.

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    Comment on Amish Business Practices (February 25th, 2014 at 18:49)

    Amish Business Practices

    We do business with the Amish. They’re good hard working people in our experience. A bit different, but certainly in a good way. Overall, this society would be a whole lot better off if we all had the faith, work ethic, and self-reliant accountability of the average Amish adult. Are there bad ones in the bunch? Sure, because they’re humans. But in our experience we’d trust the average Amish at their word more than we would the average “English”. The more this society slips downward, the more we respect the Amish, www.amishcabincompany.com

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    Comment on Goshen (February 28th, 2014 at 09:26)


    I was thrilled to see mention of the Goshen paper!! I had 2 aunts that lived in Goshen for over 60 years. My siblings and I would play on the railroad tracks across the street from my aunts’ house, and we have many happy memories of doing so. Goshen is a charming small town, with a thriving and usually crowded downtown made of diverse small businesses. One of my favorite places is the Goshen Antique Mall.

    On the tiny houses, is it my imagination or does the house pictured actually have a second floor or loft area?

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    Comment on Amish writers (March 21st, 2014 at 12:05)

    Amish writers

    In addition to Loren Beachy writing for The Goshen News, there are a few other Amish that also write regularly.

    -Our Iowa magazine has a column, Amish Farm Wife’s Diary. Our Iowa publishes 6 issues per year.

    -Lovina Eicher writes a weekly national newspaper column titled “The Amish Cook.” Her editor, Kevin Williams of Oasis Newsfeatures, recently changed his website name to www.amish365.com/

    -Millie Otto, a Budget scribe of Arthur, Illinois, writes a weekly local newspaper column, “My Amish Home.” It is in two newspapers:

    •Journal Gazette & Times-Courier, Mattoon, Illinois

    •News-Gazette, Champaign, IL

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