14 responses to Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA
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    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (February 14th, 2008 at 10:32)

    Welcome back to Amish country!

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    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (February 14th, 2008 at 14:19)

    I enjoyed reading this and seeing your picturs. Both of my kids heard from their Lancaster County pen pals this week. Always a good mail day when that happens! Have fun!

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    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (February 14th, 2008 at 22:25)

    I’m glad you took some photos in nasty weather. Those are nice.

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    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (February 14th, 2008 at 23:12)

    Lovely weather! I sent it from Missouri! 😉

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    Leslie Berliant
    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (February 15th, 2008 at 12:12)

    Hi, I would like to interview you for Celsias (www.celsias.com). How can I get in touch?

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    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (February 15th, 2008 at 18:40)

    Isn’t it disrespectful to be taking pictures of the Amish, at least of there faces??? Is it a new order group or something that you are taking pictures of??

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    Dave Carrig
    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (February 16th, 2008 at 19:07)

    Welcome back, Eric! How long are you in town for?

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    Comment on Taking photos of Amish from a distance (February 19th, 2008 at 18:44)

    Taking photos of Amish from a distance

    Hi! Glad to hear from everybody–I’ve had serious challenges getting to a computer this week–something about these Amish people not wanting the internet in their homes–not sure what that’s all about–(:

    I moved from Daniel and Mary’s to Abe’s for the latter half of the week–and I have actually just left Lancaster after a very productive week, but have a small pile of posts I’ll be putting up over the next couple days–Dave, marathon training had to be placed on a week-long hold, but would have been good to get in a run!

    Hi Lisa, that is a good question–typically the Amish have a problem with posing for photos–as for unposed photos they generally range from being okay with it to indifferent–though it’s true that some might dislike any photos whatsoever. On the other end of the spectrum I also know of at least a couple baptized Amish adults that willingly pose for photos.

    I generally try to be discreet, taking most photos from a suitable distance, and without showing identifiable facial features…close-up photos I have on the site, for example by Randall Persing and Bill Coleman are, as far as I understand, situations where the Amish involved have allowed the photographers to take pictures from closer-up, say of their children. Reading Kraybill and Nolt’s Amish Enterprise it’s interesting to learn that the occasional Amish business owner may even use his or others’ children in photo-ads.

    Anyway, there has been quite a bit written on the issue in other places such as Amish Country News, and there’s also a post I did on photos and the Amish, dated Jan 19, 2007, if you want to read a bit more here. And thanks for reading!

    Hi Leslie, thanks for your interest and thank you for reading the blog, as far as an interview goes I think that would be fine, just contact me by email(ewesner@gmail.com).

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    Laura
    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (March 26th, 2009 at 11:01)

    Just happened upon this website and noticed that Teresa had commented on her children having Amish pen pals. I have a daughter who would love that and was just curious about how to go about finding a pen pal. I was very surprised to hear that the Amish would allow their children to correspond with children outside of their own community.
    Thanks,
    Laura

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    Kaila
    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (May 31st, 2009 at 10:45)

    Hello. I am a fourteen year old girl in search of an Amish fourteen year old penpal. I was wondering how Teresa’s children had Amish penpals too. If you know, please contact me at evbmjb@yahoo.com

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    Natalie McClay
    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (January 13th, 2010 at 15:37)

    ^ Hi, I too am looking for an Amish Penpal, and was wondering how to go about finding an Amish girl to write to. I am 17, so I am looking for one between the ages of 16-19. Thank you.

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    Christine
    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (August 10th, 2010 at 21:10)

    I’ve lived in Berks Co, PA all of my life, within 20 miles of Lancaster, and even closer to Ephrata, Blue Ball, and Morgantown. I’m PA Dutch (or, PA German, whichever your druthers). I enjoyed this article very much!

    I wanted to address the question about photos and the Amish. The Amish here in Lancaster, PA are Alt Ordnung, or Old Order. It’s important that one asks before taking a picture. You might be politely turned down, but some will graciously allow it, or may turn their backs for the picture. All of us natives, Amish included, get a kick out of the tourists who stop along the highways to have their pictures taken with the cows in their “natural environment”. LOL

    Now, as for Scrapple, it’s a mainstay for us PA Dutch, and we make it on a regular basis. What’s in it? Everything but the squeal, my friends. But it’s “wunnerful good” eating! So, turn a blind eye and fress (eat)! :)

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    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (September 2nd, 2010 at 13:23)

    Hi guys, for Amish penpal questions, this might help:

    http://amishamerica.com/how-can-i-find-an-amish-pen-pal/

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    Comment on Getting my kicks in Lancaster County, PA (September 2nd, 2010 at 13:26)

    “Everything but the squeal”. I love it Christine. I need to ask my buddy who butchered 4 hogs last fall if he remembered to leave that part out. Now where is the squeal located again?? 😉

    On Amish and photos, here is an article that may be interesting: http://amishamerica.com/what-do-amish-think-about-photography/

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