The “Amish” of Greece?

The “Amish” of Greece?

A rather bizarre story has been making the rounds, from all the way over in Greece. A family has been discovered living in very basic conditions, and subsequently compared to the Amish in the media. But is that a good comparison? From Greek Reporter: Police recently arrested the father of a family living an “early Christian” community lifestyle in a basic hut on the Peloponnese…

Amish Buggy Crash (With Weird A.I. Illustration?)

Amish Buggy Crash (With Weird A.I. Illustration?)

I know AI content is showing up everywhere now. I’ve seen it used for some Amish-related content already. But this is the first time I’ve seen artificial intelligence illustrating an Amish buggy crash.  First, the more serious part of this story, the actual crash (via KTTN). Sadly, it is another bad-sounding buggy accident, this one in Missouri: The collision happened when the Ford Escape…

“Amish babies take a little longer” – Ben Answers Humorous Questions on Amish Weddings & Finding Wives

“Amish babies take a little longer” – Ben Answers Humorous Questions on Amish Weddings & Finding Wives

Here’s another video in my series with Ben (previous video – “Do Amish Believe They’re The Only True Christians?” here). In this one, he answers a question about Amish marriages. A viewer asked the following: You made a comment about Autumn being the wedding season for the Amish people. I’m not trying to be sarcastic or funny, but is it so they will have their…

Mud Sales: 2024 Schedule (Lancaster County & More)

Mud Sales: 2024 Schedule (Lancaster County & More)

When are the mud sales in Lancaster County? (Jump to full 2024 Mud Sale Schedule) 2024 Mud Sale Guide (22 Sales) The Lancaster County mud sale schedule for 2024 is now available, with the first event happening just over a week from now (February 23 & 24 at Strasburg Fire Company). These Amish-heavy events draw members of the community and outside visitors in support of the…

Inside A Plain And Simple Amish “Shop” Home (23 Photos)

Inside A Plain And Simple Amish “Shop” Home (23 Photos)

This is a pure Amish shop home if I ever saw one. From the outside it is very functional looking – unpainted metal siding. Inside there is a plain but (relatively) cozy Amish home. We are looking at an Amish community in Coldwater, Michigan, and obviously going by the season, these photos were taken at least half a year ago. This appears to be one…

This Is Amish Country? Five Surprising Historical Amish Settlements (Video)

This Is Amish Country? Five Surprising Historical Amish Settlements (Video)

When you think of “Amish Country“, odds are you don’t think of places like this: Or this: And certainly not this: But throughout their history, Amish have lived in places like the above. I find the stories behind these communities fascinating. Communities in such far-flung and unusual locations typically don’t last forever. But their prior existence proves that the Amish are both adventurous and adaptable….

Amish & Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Women: Comparing Attitudes Towards TV, Radio, Magazines & The Internet

Amish & Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Women: Comparing Attitudes Towards TV, Radio, Magazines & The Internet

On January 8, the first day of the so-called Spring Semester at The Ohio State University, the Department of Near Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures sponsored a very interesting and special presentation by Professor Rivka Neriya-Ben Shahar on “Old Order and Jewish Ultra-Orthodox Women’s Responses to the Media.” Her lecture was built from a comparison of two very distinctive groups by lifestyle and…

Charged: Twin Sister Tried To Take Blame For Amish Children’s Crash Deaths (Updated)

Charged: Twin Sister Tried To Take Blame For Amish Children’s Crash Deaths (Updated)

Formal charges now assert that the driver of the vehicle which killed two Amish children in Minnesota last autumn was not in fact the woman – Sarah Petersen – who claimed responsibility. According to new charges, the driver was her twin sister Samantha Petersen, as suspected at the time. Drug tests have also confirmed that Samantha had several drugs in her system at the time…

One Million Amish

One Million Amish

The current Amish population stands at around 385,000 people, based on estimates from the Young Center at Elizabethtown College (or perhaps a bit more than that, since they came out several months ago). Personally, it’s remarkable to look back and consider how much the Amish have grown in the time I’ve known them. In fact, I came across an old post the other day where…

Do Amish Believe They’re The Only True Christians?

Do Amish Believe They’re The Only True Christians?

I recently sat down with my friend Ben Riehl for a couple of extended conversations on a wide range of topics (more to come). Ben is Old Order Amish, living in Lancaster County. You might remember Ben from previous posts on Amish auctions and how he chooses a horse. So in this clip, a YouTube viewer asked: “Do you know if the Amish believe they…

Inside A Simple Amish Home – For Just $102,000 (15 Photos)

Inside A Simple Amish Home – For Just $102,000 (15 Photos)

This Amish home is found at Tionesta, Pennsylvania. I hadn’t heard of the town and really had no guess where in the state it might be. It turns out this community is in Forest County, in northwestern PA. And it is a well-established settlement – founded in 1972, with a total of three Amish churches today. Northwestern Pennsylvania is a region with numerous Amish settlements…