• Bryce October 5, 2022 at 5:12 pm on 5 Outdated Technologies Amish Still UseGrew up using all of these things. I still do, Aside from the outhouse. In fact, I give Boontonware toy friends to use.
  • Lara October 5, 2022 at 4:12 pm on 15 “Insane” Rules All Amish Children Must Follow..?It's such a pity you're gay because if that is your picture on here, you are good looking! . On a more serious note, I as a Christian, worry a lot about LGBT etc people. I don't know if people are born gay, become that way because of abuse, choose to be that way or are just deliberately sinning (we all sin and homosexuality is not the only sin nor is it unforgivable). Know that God loves you and that Jesus died for your sins because of that love. I do not think that all aspects of the Amish church are spiritually healthy and I suspect your views of God are somewhat skewed by your perhaps negative experience of growing up Amish. I am straight but was raised with a very free and joyful type of Christianity. Both my parents and my church gave me a lot of freedom and taught me that God loves us to our innermost being and sent His Son to die for every sin. We can come to God without fear with ALL our problems, fears, hurts and sins. YOU ARE LOVED!
  • Walter Boomsma October 5, 2022 at 7:42 am on Are these Amish women wearing rings?I may change my observation that a generality about Amish is probably wrong. It might be more accurate to say "All absolutes about the Amish are wrong." I too am a bit surprised but not shocked to see this. I do think it would be interesting to ask a respectful question... perhaps one more thing we can learn from the Amish is to be comfortable with uncertainty.
  • Andy Weaver October 4, 2022 at 7:40 pm on Are these Amish women wearing rings?I grew up in a Swartzentruber Amish setting. Copper rings amongst the youth were very common in our circles. We did not view “finger rings” (as we called them) as jewelry. Even though that is the real reason we wore them. I remember us boys polishing our rings during church services by rubbing them against our rubber shoe soles. . Some families didn’t allow them. But I don’t remember the issue ever being a controversial one.
  • Joe October 4, 2022 at 6:14 pm on Amish Builders – IndianaHello, looking for a 30x40 barn to be built near Kokomo IN. Would love to receive a quote from a true Amish barn builder. Thank you , Joe
  • David Stear October 4, 2022 at 3:40 pm on Are these Amish women wearing rings?I commend the Amish for not wearing jewelry of any kind, especially pertaining to weddings/engagements, so this would be quite surprising if they were wearing rings. I have always personally disliked jewelry and can appreciate the Amish point of view that it can lead to pride. That said, I certainly don't deny a person's right to wear jewelry and can admire the artistry and work that goes into making a piece of jewelry, at least that which is handmade. I don't want to bluntly state that I'm "disappointed" since the plastic bag controversy of a previous post by Erik which expressed a reader's "disappointment" started a long winded discussion leading off into other topics not related to the idea of using plastic bags to sell popcorn. Perhaps if they are rings the women in question perhaps want to see what wearing a ring is like, but I'm sure if it continued and they are baptized members of the church, their bishop might have to remind them to take them off and put them away, at least around other members.
  • Sister Su October 3, 2022 at 9:42 am on “Why are the Amish using plastic packaging? I am so disappointed.”I can’t give you a lot of detailed information yet, but from what I have heard most of the damage in the Sarasota/Pinecraft area was from wind and trees blowing down. Some signs are also down, and trees damaged several things when they fell. There is damage to roofs and fences, and a few vehicles. Power was only out one – two days, so destruction in this area was thankfully very mild when compared with the Punta Gorda area further south. For more detail I would recommend checking with Sarasota newspapers online; and if you’re very interested possibly subscribe to the Budget newspaper (out of Sugarcreek Ohio) where you can read local weekly news from Amish, Mennonite and Brethren scribes all over the world.
  • Jeff Baker October 2, 2022 at 9:16 pm on Look Inside The Graber Home (Video & Post)The dish with hair pins looks like an ash tray for cigarettes.
  • Jo fisher October 2, 2022 at 8:53 pm on Visiting the Kalona Produce Auction (12 Photos)It’s 1 Corinthians 16:19
  • Jo fisher October 2, 2022 at 8:45 pm on Visiting the Kalona Produce Auction (12 Photos)1 Corinthians 16:9 mentions Aquila and his wife Pricilla-not a name that you would hear too often, but yes, a man’s name
  • Pat Bullard October 2, 2022 at 4:51 pm on The Amish Dinner TableWe were invited to have dinner with some of our Amish friends a few years ago. Before the meal our Amish friend said “ let’s pray”. After a few minutes he cleared his throat to indicate the prayer was over. Our Southern Baptist granddaughter looked up and sai “I didn’t hear anything”. I wasn’t sure how to respond but our Amish friend burst into laughter so we joined in the laughter as well. Each year when we visit them we talk about that funny meal we had.
  • Brandon c gille October 2, 2022 at 11:31 am on Rules of a Godly Life: AppearanceThis was incredibly insulting. The the Pentecostals in the south judge for tattoos too. My tattoos are beautiful, I'm not part of an epidemic of ink, I'm part of a movement separating from ridiculous conformist from a rightfully forgotten era. An era of religious domination of expression, women outcast for being unwed mothers it's just disgusting. I respect that Amish allow people to escape into the real world. I think it must be like time travel to them. Just rocketing 200 years into the future that is just a couple miles away. I can't understand what it must be like to be oblivious to the extent of the data that is flying over the Amish, they are blind to it. I got lost there but oh well.
  • Dan Holsinger October 2, 2022 at 9:55 am on “Why are the Amish using plastic packaging? I am so disappointed.”I know this is off topic, but I don't know where else I can maybe get an answer. How severely did Hurricane Ian hit the Amish and Mennonites in Pinecraft? I saw some maps that seem to indicate that there was flooding, water coming in through the Phillippi Creek. A posting about hurricane Ian and Pinecraft would be very interesting!
  • Kim October 2, 2022 at 6:12 am on “I Am Thankful”What a lovely reply to this beautiful poem. Thank you for sharing your thoughts about your blessings and thanks givens. It is always a wonderful gift to hear the important parts of another's view of the importance of family and friends that can easily be missed in today's society, it can be lost by being caught up in the fast pace of life that captures the essential things many have forgotten of the importance that they play in our every day living. May you continue to be blessed and cherish what you find completes you and your future, bringing you back to your family memories that keep us all humbled in a time that focuses on war and fear. Blessings to you and your family from our family with prayers!
  • Johnathan Moss October 2, 2022 at 1:06 am on How to Join the Amish: The Step-by-Step GuideHi! I am 23 going on 24 in few days and I've been on a big religious journey in my life and i keep finding myself interested in the Amish more so the fact that living the lifestyle with such access to the internet 24/7 or even my vehicle and things like that more or less i want to move outside my norm and live a more modest lifestyle learn how to use my hands instead of relying on the internet or someone else to fix my problems and i would be honored to have an opportunity to stay with an Amish family and learn and grow into a better man that can provide for a family one day because if I’m honest with myself i lack in so many ways what it takes to be a good man i cant grow any crops or build anything or i mean i can i just lack the knowledge and the internet is a terrible teacher
  • Cindie October 1, 2022 at 7:26 pm on The North Carolina Swartzentruber Amish Community Has Grown (15 Images)Hello. Meadows of dan is old order Amish. My son joined the Amish in Hamptonville, NC....which is new order....but one of the teachers in Hamptonville is on loan from Meadows of Dan for the school year. Erik I'm sure you could go to Church with my son and his family if you wanted?
  • Don Burke October 1, 2022 at 1:10 pm on “Why are the Amish using plastic packaging? I am so disappointed.”Offhand I only think of the two businesses there in Jamesport where they use a through-the-wall setup like that, but then again I'm not thinking of any others that might have a use for it. But it seems safe to say that it seems to be a community that would not take issue with it. I've also seen this same kind of setup at a bulk food store in Berne, IN. I only saw the outside of the setup -- the inside was in more of an employees-only portion or the store. If I remember right there was somewhat of a deli section of the store, and the motor might have driven some of the equipment for food prep or the like. https://www.flickr.com/photos/ozarkinspirations/14526470052/in/album-72157645359968346/
  • David Stear October 1, 2022 at 11:59 am on “Why are the Amish using plastic packaging? I am so disappointed.”Lara's post was interesting, if somewhat provocative, however, much of it depends on definition of "who" is "what". In Australia I think the definition of Aborigine is something like "one who self-identifies as Aboriginal and is accepted as such by others in that community"--in theory some "white" person could say "I'm an Aborigine" and have some "community" back them up. Many people in India are thought of as Caucasoid people, aka "white". The definition of "white" your post seems to be using is generally those of "European extraction" in Europe, North America and around the world generally. The black people of Brazil you mentioned may not necessarily think of themselves as such inasmuch as "we" in North America would. Racial consideration in Latin America generally also has much more to do with class or station in life. It is entirely possible for someone "Indian" who might move up the socio-economic ladder to speak of him/her self as white and easily refer to their past as "when I was Indian". The ideas of who is what in Latin America often comes down to pure guesswork, although with modern DNA testing more factual classification would be hard to avoid. I am "white" according to US census bureau definition and as such still belong to a "majority" of 57% of the American population, however, soon to become merely a plurality sometime this century. But we have dealt mainly with race in this discussion; the ideas and political interplay of majority/minority has as much to do with seemingly useless emotional perception as it does with definition. To conclude, I don't know how this discussion has ranged so widely from something as basic as whether or not to use plastic bags.
  • Walter Boomsma October 1, 2022 at 8:33 am on “Why are the Amish using plastic packaging? I am so disappointed.”While the comments are drifting a bit afield of the original post, I live in Maine and can't resist commenting on the cited plastic ban. Theoretically, "single-use" plastic bags are banned, but the major achievement of the ban is that the stores are now selling "reusable" plastic bags at a price (five cents each, tougher than the former bags but made out of plastic) that makes them disposable, practically speaking. So the ban has, undeniably, helped some it's not a solution. We do have some Amish communities here... if they're using plastic, they're not the major problem.
  • Erik/Amish America October 1, 2022 at 8:09 am on “Why are the Amish using plastic packaging? I am so disappointed.”Ah thanks Don for correcting me on that detail. Close but not quite:) So in other words sounds like this type of setup is seen in at least some businesses in this community. Tbh I don't believe I've noticed this specific mounted outside-the-window setup in other communities. I don't recall it besides in this photo of yours. Though it might be more common than I think and I just need to open my eyes a bit wider.
  • Erik/Amish America October 1, 2022 at 8:02 am on Eddie Swartzentruber’s False ClaimsThanks Don. Well put. I have some practice ignoring stuff online 😉 But I don't mind playing a fool's game sometimes. As long as sth is to be gained. Obviously I was annoyed (I think it's OK to have your buttons pushed sometimes), but this clears the air for me. I also wanted this up on the site for future reference. The third plus is that I got a new idea or two for posts/videos on the general ex-Amish topic. Things I saw here fit with a trend. Hopefully, those not interested in this business heeded the "skip this post" warning at the top:) Thanks for your thoughts and wise words here.
  • Lara October 1, 2022 at 12:48 am on “Why are the Amish using plastic packaging? I am so disappointed.”Fun fact: White people are only 8 percent of the world's population. There are 1.4 billion Black Africans excluding the 47m Blacks in America and the millions in Brazil. 1.4bn. Chinese and 1.4Bn. Indians. The Whites in the world are ageing and only have one or 2 children. The Average age of a German is about 45. The Average age of a Japanese person is also around 40 years old. The average age of someone in Africa is 14. Native Anericans are around 3 percent of the United States and Canada. That's nothing because there's still full blooded Natives in South America. The real minorities are Aborigines in Australia numbering about 1million in the whole world and the 320 000 New Zealand Maoris in the entire world. You are not a minority. There are plenty of you.
  • Freedom Loving Annie September 30, 2022 at 10:11 pm on Look Inside The Graber Home (Video & Post)I was a little surprised to see clocks that must be run by batteries. I'm sure they aren't propane run and there were no weights such as a grandfather clock. Batteries are a form of electricity.
  • Don Burke September 30, 2022 at 6:26 pm on “Why are the Amish using plastic packaging? I am so disappointed.”Stereotyping, and it's negative impact, happens to everyone. And it is no less shameful when it's done to one belonging to a majority group than to a minority group -- after all, it is the individual that takes the brunt of it.
  • Don Burke September 30, 2022 at 6:18 pm on “Why are the Amish using plastic packaging? I am so disappointed.”Erik, I think if you'll look at the caption to that picture in the earlier article you'll notice that it says something like "similar to." I'm pretty sure that this picture was taken at a bakery in Jamesport (not the noodle maker), and is very likely used to power a commercial mixer they use there.
  • Tracy Stout September 30, 2022 at 6:14 pm on The 5 Friendliest Amish CommunitiesHow many Christians show Christlike behavior outside of the church walls?
  • Tracy Stout September 30, 2022 at 6:07 pm on Inside A Missouri Amish Home (25 Photos)As you sit at your keyboard, online in your air conditioned home, judging an Amish family. I agree, you should probably live off the grid...
  • Don Burke September 30, 2022 at 5:40 pm on Eddie Swartzentruber’s False Claims... when we allow ourselves to play a fool's game by a fool's rules we often lose simply because we've given him the home-field advantage. Erik, those who know you don't need the explanation -- you've shown your character and integrity through the years and some cheap-shot accusations do not so quickly undermine those. Those who do not know you but are people who give an honest hearing to what is put before them, they will see the need to weigh out both sides, and not be swayed by the volume of the verbiage (on either side). Those who jump to conclusions without giving due consideration to both sides (which the Wise Man of old says is utter foolishness) -- if they are that quick to choose sides today they will be just as quick to bail tomorrow, and too much effort is wasted in chasing down their fickle opinion from the get-go. This guy can't beat you on character, because I know you have it and it would seem he does not. But don't let him beat you because he knows how to push your buttons. With much respect....
  • Debra Jayne Smith Ruffing September 30, 2022 at 6:37 am on Do Amish pay taxes?A lot of communities. It seems to me that a lot of questions are a bit not nice... The thing is that the Amish have many communities. Just like my Catholic church, each is a bit different. There are beachy Amish, Old Order, and many variations in between. I would not worry about what they do however. They are citizens of the US. They make their own way and are not asking for a handout...not on welfare, food stamps, etc. Seems to me that except for some people not Amish who are sick or handicapped or have other reasons, a young man or woman could make their own way just as the Amish do.
  • Erik/Amish America September 28, 2022 at 9:56 am on Eddie Swartzentruber’s False ClaimsThanks Joe. On the one hand addressing these things makes you feel silly, kind of like wrestling a hog.  On the other it is my rep, and a lot of people saw Eddie's post, so I wanted to have this on record here on the site as well. All good.


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