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2023 Highlights (Video)

2023 Highlights (Video)

Here’s a highlight reel of Amish America videos made over the past year. I took about a six-month break from making videos, from May to November (the reasons for which I discussed in this video), but still put out close to 30 videos in 2023. Here are some favorite moments from those videos in one 18-minute compilation. You’ll find a playlist containing all the featured…

Favorite Posts of 2023

Favorite Posts of 2023

Thanks again for another nice year. As we usually do this time of year, here are some favorite posts of the past 365 days – most commented, most viewed, or just ones that stood out for other reasons. In more or less chronological order. On another note, The Amish State Guide pages are getting long-overdue updates. These were some of the first pages I created…

Amish Bishop Overcomes Stutter

Amish Bishop Overcomes Stutter

Some of you might know Amish bishop David Kline from his books about nature, farming and life, such as Great Possessions or Scratching the Woodchuck. But you wouldn’t expect someone who is a church leader, preacher and public speaker to have dealt with a stutter. However, that’s what David has had to overcome in life. His story is recounted in a nice article/radio piece from…

Amish Stand Robbed At Gunpoint

Amish Stand Robbed At Gunpoint

When you see a crime report about an Amish roadside stand, you wouldn’t be blamed for thinking it was someone stealing money from the honor system cash deposits that a lot of these stands use. Not in this case, though. From WBKO: BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) – The Simpson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an armed robbery that occurred Thursday, Nov. 30. According to a press…

Is Amish Life Hard? One Amishman’s Answer

Is Amish Life Hard? One Amishman’s Answer

“Don’t feel sorry for us, no,” John says with a chuckle. “We’re having a good life.” In this video I interview John Esh. John lives in Nittany Valley in central Pennsylvania and runs the Goot Essa cheese & food company. John sat down for a longer conversation with me a week or so ago. I’ll be posting that full video soon. But in the meantime,…

Amish News: Six Eye-Catching Stories (Video)

Amish News: Six Eye-Catching Stories (Video)

I made a return to YouTube videos this past week with a look at six Amish stories in the news recently. This is a newish format for me as far as videos go. In the video, I run through the stories and give you my take on each. You’ll see it’s a bit more conversational and casual. There’s a reason for that, which I explain….

A Closer Look At Amish Wedding Receptions (Videos)

A Closer Look At Amish Wedding Receptions (Videos)

Autumn is the heart of the traditional Amish wedding season in places like Lancaster County and other communities. Amish weddings draw large numbers of guests, and the Amish custom is to hold a day-long reception afterwards. Amish wedding receptions are typically large, with hundreds of guests, and require a lot of food. In some Amish communities, the custom is to rent a “wedding wagon“, a…

“Amish Farm Chicken” Plant Raided, Two Dozen Children Found Working Illegally

“Amish Farm Chicken” Plant Raided, Two Dozen Children Found Working Illegally

This story broke over the weekend. It concerns a poultry plant in the area of the large Holmes/Wayne County Amish settlement in Ohio. From NBC News: Federal agents found more than two dozen minors illegally working inside a poultry plant in Kidron, Ohio, earlier this month, according to local immigration advocates who spoke to NBC News on the condition of anonymity. The children, mainly from…

Chiropractor Charged With Decades Of Sexual Assault On Amish Girls & Women

Chiropractor Charged With Decades Of Sexual Assault On Amish Girls & Women

From the Kansas City Star: A suburban Kansas City doctor for decades sexually assaulted women and girls, mostly from Amish communities, under the guise of performing routine breast and pelvic exams, prosecutors said Monday. David B. Clark, 70, of Independence, was charged with six felonies in Jackson County Circuit Court based on a long-running investigation led by the FBI. He is accused of assaulting patients…

Meeting Mrs. Miller

Meeting Mrs. Miller

If you have Amish friends or acquaintances, you might just have a strong memory of how you met them. I can clearly recall the morning years ago I met one Amish couple who eventually became close family friends. Their oldest child – who was then just a tot in a baby seat perched on the back of a horse-drawn planter – is now out of…