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Tennessee Amish

Comment #687844 by Rebecca A Schlueter on 22.09.20, 09:24

We have been trying for almost a year to have repairs done on our home. So far all the contractors we have tried to deal with are well… lazy it seems. Mostly some flooring and windows but other stuff too. Wondered if there were any Amish contractors that do work in the Blakeville/Petersburg area?

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Amish Builders

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Family Life, The Budget, and Raber's Bookstore- addresses and ordering info

Comment #687837 by Donna on 22.09.20, 05:42

Hello Erik!
I have enjoyed reading these comments about Amish publications and appreciate you providing such a rich repository for such terrific plain published resources! Since the most recent comment is dated 2014, I was wondering if you could let us know that you are “still here” and doing well.
Donna
Kansas City, Missouri

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5 More Amish Natural Remedies

Comment #687827 by debbie on 21.09.20, 21:40

I was raised in Ontario Canada & this is what I always knew plantain looked like,& was taught by an elderly native man that my mum cared for.

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Comment #687825 by Geo on 21.09.20, 19:25

That exchange reminds me of various plants northwest Ohio folks called by names only known locally. I grew up calling green bell peppers mangos. There was a certain useful plant we called elephant ears. I suspect Amish folks working out in the fields still find them useful in the same way we did. They were soft and absorbent, whatever their proper horticultural name may be.

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Comment #687824 by Erik/Amish America on 21.09.20, 17:13

Thanks Lorna, good catch – that photo I found was described as pigs ear leaves, and I found a couple of them like it. But, looks like it is a different plant which has that same colloquial name. I’ve replaced it with another photo which is the broadleaf plantain. Hopefully I got it right this time.

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Amish Brothers Escape Jail Time In Abuse Case

Comment #687823 by Stephanie Berkey on 21.09.20, 17:01

I’m deeply saddened about this tragedy, and can appreciate both justice and mercy. The Lord wouldn’t have ever been angry if it was always wrong. He masterfully expressed it over violations of the Holy Temple, which our bodies are also (1 Corinthians 6:18-20).

The most merciful thing to do can be to take these grievous crimes much more seriously, find out the root causes, and do all we can to prevent them. May there be healing to all, especially the survivor, who was too young to even begin to understand the complexities.

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5 More Amish Natural Remedies

Comment #687821 by Geo on 21.09.20, 16:58

The old Indian took what he needed, left the rest, replanted for the future. It’s an appealing philosophy. Tread lightly on and help the environment. And who doesn’t need some of that Seminole salve? Good for old sores, barbwire cuts, and piles. I need some of that stuff.

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Comment #687820 by Lorna Klotzbach on 21.09.20, 16:47

I have much respect for herbal remedies. As the proprietor of our local health food store says, “These remedies work, but they don’t always work fast.”
However, I am certain that the plant pictured in your post is not plantain. It’s not the narrow leafed plantain and it’s not the broad leafed plantain. It doesn’t look like NYS plantain of any kind! The plant in your picture is growing with succulents, and looks like a succulent. Plantain is not a succulent….
However, plantain salve is very healing and is, indeed, very good for wounds, scratches, bites, chapped skin, etc.

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Comment #687819 by Erik/Amish America on 21.09.20, 16:28

That caught my attention too. Maybe just maybe confining people inside during a pandemic is not the best idea.

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Comment #687818 by J.O.B. on 21.09.20, 13:37

Interesting that even 100 yrs ago, during the flu pandemic, the doctor said get as much fresh air in the house as possible. And She also mentions that those who spent more time outside(chores) seemed to get the flu last, if at all. Good observation.

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The Amish Population Has Doubled Since 2000 - Now Exceeds 350,000 (2020 Amish Population Figures)

Comment #687813 by AJ on 21.09.20, 03:08

Jon,

It is obvious where you are coming from. You fear competition with the Amish. First of all, as someone who has worked in various trades in communities with Amish populations I often have to compete with them as well. So I understand that. The issue I take with your comment is that you are singling them out. The Amish are competing just like the non-Amish. If they didn’t have Amish clothes for you to single out you would still be complaining about them regardless of who they were because they are bringing competition to your area.

For someone who lives in a dying rural agricultural area like where you live, and who is used to getting cheap land at a undervalued price from older English farmers who can no longer work their land… seeing the Amish moving in and competing is probably a challenge for you and your family. So I sympathize, but the Amish are not at fault. They are trying to also feed their families. If they can rent land and successfully feed their families, then why can’t you? What is your problem? How can they pay rent for land at 3 times what you will pay (which is their right) and still afford to feed their families, but you cannot? What are you doing wrong and they are doing right to make the economics work for them? You should try to figure out those questions.

My assumption is that the answer to that question is that Amish are minimalists and are ok with living a normal farming life and accumulate their wealth over years, rather then expect every year to be a good year with good yields and ranting land from English at basement prices like you seem to expect. I bet the English land owners appreciate the Amish paying them more money then you. I also bet the local counties appreciate the Amish for bringing new taxes, businesses, and populations to the area.

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The Amish Population Has Doubled Since 2000 - Now Exceeds 350,000 (2020 Amish Population Figures)

Comment #687811 by AJ on 21.09.20, 02:46

I’m not sure how accurate the Amish census is. I consistently see that certain communities are ignored. One such example is the Amish in northern Maryland which has grown a lot over the past 5-10 years, especially around Rising Sun. It is never mentioned in the reports as a community. I don’t know if they count it as a part of the Lancaster community or what, but it makes me wonder how many other communities aren’t being counted.

To be fair I understand that no census can be accurate and those making the census are doing it on their own and with limited resources that can be obtained through the publications and links they have with various entities and communities. It won’t always be 100% accurate.

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Unsealed Documents: Justo Smoker Texted Brother 15 Times "Directly After" Stoltzfoos Disappearance

Comment #687808 by Aj on 21.09.20, 00:44

Here you had a woman who was raised in an Amish community and was happy with being Amish according to all who knew and loved her. Her life was taken by a murderous sexual pervert who wanted to hurt an innocent, peaceful, and vulnerable woman.

So the next time I see a video of how unhappy the Amish are, or that tries to portray individual incidents of sexual abuse among the Amish as though all Amish are involved, I will point to this story. In the real world, a female is just (if not more likely) to be harmed outside of the Amish than by a church member. If all Amish are guilty because a few commit sex crimes, then all non-Amish are guilty of this crime and all other sex crimes committed by non-Amish.

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Amish Brothers Escape Jail Time In Abuse Case

Comment #687804 by Walter Boomsma on 20.09.20, 21:36

I am hesitant to comment–this topic has been inflammatory in the past. But I feel compelled to make several observations.

First, the Amish are not some sort of super beings; they are human beings. While a story like this is tragic and beyond disappointing, it receives attention based largely on what might be considered the “Amish Factor.” I am certain similar stories have been and are being written.

I am not Amish and therefore angry and instinctively want punishment and “justice.” But I also somewhat understand and admire the Amish mindset of acceptance and forgiveness. The story of the Nickle Mines tragedy is helpful to that point. I wish I could remember the quote that made the point that anger is a punishment we inflict on ourselves.

That the prosecution and defense have “agreed” on the outcomes would seem to suggest compassion and some degree of balance with forward motion in a time of extreme sadness.

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Missouri Amish Construction Crew

Comment #687802 by Scott Sattler on 20.09.20, 20:56

Looking for a Amish construction Crew for my Beach Cabin on the Texas coast!
The property is in Sabine Pass with utilities!
1500-2000 sqf 3bd 2bth
Contact: Scott 409-658-4474

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Do Amish women have rights?

Comment #687796 by whisperingsage on 20.09.20, 18:13

My hubby and I dressed up for Old Fashioned Sunday once (our usual clothes are pretty old fashioned anyway) and we bought yards of plaid for kilts. He wore the “great kilt” which is longer than the one they usually show men wearing, showing too much knee and claiming to be “going commando”. It also wraps up over the shoulder and is handy for carrying things instead of pockets. ) I could carry baby goats in it, (yes sometimes baby goats or chicks or ducklings came to church with us) It is good in the winter. But he also wore one at home on the farm and loved the air flowing through , he thinks it feels good. And don’t forget the men all wore robes, Jesus wore a robe. The high priests wore robes. And ever seen those beautiful sari’s worn by Indian women? We see them out and about shopping the same stores we shop at. They often have very loose pants under. Those are still covered by the sari mostly.
I have been wearing dresses to do all work for years now. I am a nurse and until the last 30 years, nurses were in dresses, though some have been made too short. I prefer to make my own for that reason. I was happy that “scrubs” come in many prints and colors now, so I made dress scrubs in prints. Wasn’t I surprised when one male DON (Director of Nursing) was offended at my dresses, and demanded “scrubs” (meaning pants, because he didn’t know nurses used to wear dresses, in fact one hospital I worked at in the early 90’s provided scrub dresses in blue to ID nurses as working in the labor and Delivery). So I made some traditional white nurse uniforms, made a little longer than usual. He could not complain. He was so offended by me, even though I had done nothing wrong, I think he thought I was a Christian, though I never told him I was, but my dress was enough to tip him off, and he was gay, and he thought I was hostile even though I wasn’t He had no idea I had a long history of being friends with gay men. And usually they were a lot of fun. He wasn’t very fun So when my probation date came up he wanted me to receive my termination check in person. He had harrassed me so hard, I just said “Thank God” and gave him a hug. I know he was taken aback at that, and then he assured me he would give me a good reference and gave me his contact information.

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Comment #687795 by whisperingsage on 20.09.20, 17:45

Before his birth, Samson’s parents were bound to a Nazarite vow, to dedicate him to God, he would be a judge. They were forbidden from eating fermented grapes, wine or any such alcohol. Now that we knaow about fetal Alcohol damage to the brain, we know why this was. That damages the areas of judgement. On with my point…… The Nazarite vow was taken normally for a limited period of time by an adult man, the fact that his hair was long was mwant as a sign that he was dedicating himself to a Nazarite vow. And when it was over, he was to shave his head and burn his hair in the temple. In Samson’s case, he was never to cut it. and that he showed signs of poor judgement as he fornicated with women that he had no marriage obligation to, he touched a dead lion, He burned huge tracts of fields in revenge he set foxes on fire (animal cruelty), anyway he was a lousy judge. But the hair cutting struck him weak because it was symbolic of his vow. And probably since he did a lot of horrible things willingly, and with a huge ego, God was showing him who was in charge.
John the Baptist probably had the Nazarite vow long hair. The bible is silebnt in it, but since he led an ascetic life, in camel hair clothes, and eating locusts and honey, and living in the wilderness, it would follow that he had the hair symbolic of the Nazarite vow.

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Comment #687794 by whisperingsage on 20.09.20, 17:20

Yes, I can’t add to that, but I wish I could give a thumbs up!
There are a few other sects too that have these values, the mennonites, which there are some around us, and the Independent Fundamental Baptists. And yes, these are bad apples in many sects, but most are good people.
By the way, the author of Think No Evil, about the Nickel Mines school tragedy, he was no longer in the community, yet he was in contact and active with the community.

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Do Amish vote?

Comment #687793 by whisperingsage on 20.09.20, 17:00

There have been times when th militaery have been softened, like during Obama, and Clinton, when soldiers are given time out tickets so they can rest. Well, in a war, WHEN are you going to rest? even Bush, the RINO and globalist softened the military.He allowed bibles to be burned when a soldier had them sent from home, with his own personal money, by his own church. He was in an islamic country and a family had requested them. But you can tell from his actions, Bush was no Christian. And if you read cathy Obreins’ work and site TRANCEformation of America and Sue Ford’s book Thanks for the Memories, Bush Sr and GW were pedophiles. They were abusive.

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Do Amish vote?

Comment #687792 by whisperingsage on 20.09.20, 16:55

I worked in a school district in the 90’s and I was in school in the 60’s and 70’s. We had better language education, we had better math, though i later learned some vedic math and was impressed. We learned more history. BUT the one I count the most is my mother who taught me phonics at 3 and had my reading comprehension to at least the 3rd grade level by the time I entered kindergarten. I had a 12th grade reading comprehension by 6th grade. I dropped out to avoid the sex, drugs and alcohol pressure of High school (14) and by then mom was taking us to pick our own textbooks at the Goodwill for 10 cents. I chose Latin, zoology, biology, Greek history, medical terminology, etc. i picked them because they looked interesting and i loved to learn. In the 1950’s the Fabian Socialists had gained enough control of our public school systems to eliminate the teaching of phonics for a phinetic language, and chose sight reading, designed for deaf students. When I hear a teacher telling someone to “guess” rather than “sound it out”, I know trhey have been teaching sight reading, which auses an enormous handicap. It prevents the student from really enjoying reading because they have to struggle instead of having a good foundation in phonics. Which by the way, includes learning Latin and Greek roots to words. And I was luckily learning those in 4th grade by my Old School teacher.
I knew a man in his 70;s that had come to California for work at the beginning of WWII, and he had a 4th grade education and he was much more educated and had a better ocabulary than any of the High School students whose work was posted up on the wall by the teachers. I saw work that would have been marked red and handed back to me if it was my work. I guess there is no such thing as training kids to do things right anymore or it will hurt their fragile little egos. And now you see why we have young people believing Marxists and rioting ,and burning and beating up old people. So my Friend Vernon, from Arkansas was smarter than trhese punks. He could fix anything. His wife would bring home electronics in the dumpster (she cleaned in an officer’s barracks) and he would have it playing music or running in an hour. He was amazing. I learned a lot about fixing my car from him, but I was working a lot so didn’t get to learn nearly enough.
So I would hazard a bet that those uneducated Amish have a LOT more math and reading than you do. They certainly can build, and they have all the life skills. I can’t tell you how disappointed I am in people that can’t cook. That can’t do laundry, clean, bake, sew, basic stuff. They couldn’t do it if their lives depended on it. But what the Amish might understand , is this guy going to keep us free or is he going to clamp down on our freedom? Because we need our freedom if we are able to do ANYTHING in this world. IF they are reading their Bibles (and I know there are some that don’t, just like mainstream Christians)they can see the prophecies in the Bible, and the End Times are here now. It is more and more obvious. Just judging by the Bible.

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Comment #687791 by whisperingsage on 20.09.20, 16:37

There used to be a place for Conscientious Objectors, they would be medics or they would be kitchen staff or they would do paperwork or whatever. They still were put to work, but it wouldn’t be combat. And back in the days of WWII, my mentor WWII vet friend told me, they only had a 15% shoot rate. Most men were conditioned not to kill, and that was why they came up withthe video games with shooting, because it was able to increase the shoot rate. And now we see what we have done with our kids. Now many adults. They think nothing of killing others. I don’t think that’s a good thing.
There was also this guy; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desmond_Doss I’m sure there were others.

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Comment #687790 by whisperingsage on 20.09.20, 16:23

In Luke 22, Jesus tells his disciples to buy a sword. Why would He say this if they were never meant to defend themselves, with violence even? Other times it is obvious that the Sword and the dounble edged sword is the Word of God, and Jesus Himself is the Logos, the Word, and the sword comes out of His mouth. This is not talking about that. This is a physical sword. But why?
In Luke 3 (14) John the Baptist is preaching about various rules of right and wrong, and it’s amazing these people didn;t know this stuff since they had the scriptures, or maybe then they had to rely on the preists, but ; “14And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.” At no pojnt did John the Baptist tell them to give up their day job (soldier) and quit working for the government. They were never told to give up their swords and go nonviolent. In the use of soldiers and their duties, they are supposed to be for the defense of the country or kingdom or whatever. But in those days they were our police. But John is basically telling them to be fair. Quit abusing folks. Use your brain. Well there are a LOT of self defense verses, and mind you, we believe Christ Himself wrote all the Bible, though by inspiration into men.

Luke 11:21 – When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace:

Exodus 22:2-3 – If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, [there shall] no blood [be shed] for him. (Read More…)

Luke 22:36 – Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take [it], and likewise [his] scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

1 Timothy 5:8 – But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.

Proverbs 25:26 – A righteous man falling down before the wicked [is as] a troubled fountain, and a corrupt spring.

Psalms 144:1 – ([A Psalm] of David.) Blessed [be] the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, [and] my fingers to fight:
Romans 12:19 – Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

Nehemiah 4:17-18 – They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, [every one] with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other [hand] held a weapon. (Read More…)

Romans 13:4 – For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to [execute] wrath upon him that doeth evil.
Mark 3:27 – No man can enter into a strong man’s house, and spoil his goods, except he will first bind the strong man; and then he will spoil his house.

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Comment #687789 by whisperingsage on 20.09.20, 16:09

If you don’t know, the Mennonites and Amish, at least the ones I know do not allow their women to vote. I was raised by a single mom, who was a conservative Democrat. So I learned to take care of doing everything and being self sufficient from her. However, she was NOT a feminist. She didn’t believe men and women had the same strength and ability for really physical things, and therefore, she , and I did not, do not believe in women in combat. They were shown at West Point to not have the power and strength to carry an injured man out of danger if the occasion should arise. Very few women were able to handle the physical demands of military life. Now in the days of the WACs, there were many jobs women could do, but they were kept separate from the men, and I sgree with that. The coed thing has caused WAY too many problems. I used to work fotr the mess hall contractor in the town I moved to, and there were very few women, but for the exception of one, (the Chaplain’s assistant), they all were pregnant within a few months of being stationed there. That is pretty distracting and pretty useless in times of combat.
When I was taking Anatomy and Physiology, my textbook said the Westpoint studies showed that 50% of a woman’s weight was strength. And 90% of a man’s weight was strength. I’m not sure how they did the math, but it did give us a good idea about why men are put into these demanding positions rather than women. Men’s stength also is faster and more powerful and in the upper body, whole women are stronger in the legs and are better for endurance. It always made me mad that I had such a hard time pulling the cord on a generator, whiole a man just whips it once and it’s going. And I was at the time, a quite strong woman, though not great of build. I know my limits. We aren’t all Black Widow or Wonder Woman, though it seems a lot of faminists think they are.
Another thing to consider is the mental state of women. I think we’re fine to vote as long as we aren’t sucked in by Marxist ideology, but Trump has placed a lot of good smart women in positions of authority and many have done a good job but dropped out “for the family
“. But what I think this means is that we just aresn’t designed, yes I do mean designed, by God, to take a constant barrage of criticism, and jabs, and hatefulness. And it’s easier for men to shrug that off but it’s not so easy for women. We burn out easier. I guess that’s why men have their cave time and we don’t , like Mark Gungor says, our brains are going all the time. It does help us to talk it out with friends, but maybe these women can’t due to classified information.

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Lancaster City Is Not "Amish Country"

Comment #687785 by Shelley Castetter on 20.09.20, 13:52

Amish do not live in the city. Could there be a random one or two who do? Maybe but not likely. You do have Mennonites who do. I’ve lived here 30 years and frequently have to go in town and other then specific business related reasons have never seen Amish living there. The article was accurate.

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