Amish Communities

Thinking Ahead

‘We didn’t get out soon enough.’ In an article (no longer online) from the Toledo Blade, an Amish patriarch talks about moving from a liberal settlement to a more conservative one. This grandfather of 82 laments losing his two oldest boys to the world.  Had the family moved sooner, they may have avoided the influences that caused his sons to leave the faith. The Amish…

The Low Cost of Low Price

Wal-Mart and the Amish?  Makes a lot of sense. A new store in Black River Falls, Wisconsin has installed hitching posts for Amish buggies.  Some find it odd that the Amish would choose to patronize this icon of modern American commerce. Amish have actually been shopping at Wal-Marts for years…the buggy hitch is nothing new for places like Washington, Indiana or Millersburg, Ohio. Smart businesses…

Lights Out

Ice storms thrashed the country last week. Oklahoma was especially hard-hit. An article (no longer online)  in the Tulsa World explains how the area’s Amish and non-Amish have handled it. A local English man, suffering through an extended power outage, told an Amish compatriot that ‘we’re living like you are now.’ The Amish haven’t felt the effects as much.  They usually heat with propane or…

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Debunking some Speech Myths

The Amish don’t use ‘thee’, ‘thine’, or ‘thou’, as you might think after watching Weird Al’s video. Neither do they speak like Alexander Godunov or Jan Rubes did in Witness. Check that, at least one Amishman today does–but he was born in Germany and converted to the faith in his 20’s. They mostly speak English like any rural Americans would.  Though you could say there…

Ohio Agencies Seek to Get Amish on Food Stamps

The Amish famously refuse anything that smacks of government dependence.  They opt out of Social Security, agricultural subsidies, Medicaid, Medicare, and generally any sort of public welfare program. Strangely, this is news for Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services. Ohio has the largest Amish population in the nation, by far. Yet they recently decided that the Amish needed to step up their Food Stamp…

Stepping Up

In the Amish world, when disaster strikes, you help your neighbor.  Sometimes that means going two or three states away to clean up. And it’s not just Amish helping Amish–after all, in the grand scheme of things, you, English person, are a neighbor too. Amish often travel to help non-Amish rebuild after hurricanes, such as the Hugo storm in the early 90’s.  Amish were active…

Who’d have guessed?

News flash from the Amish of southern Ontario:  exercise more, and you’ll be thinner. It turns out that walking and working work wonders for the overweight.  According to an NYT article, researchers found virtually no obesity within a Canadian Amish settlement.  Eyewitness reports attest to similarly slim-and-trim Amish in communities all across America. This despite one of the heartiest, fattiest, just-like-grandma-used-to-make type diets you can…