Favorite Posts Of 2019

As we wrap up the 2010s, a look back at some favorite posts of the past 12 months. My thanks to all of you who took the time to read, share and comment on posts this year. Wishing you all good things in 2020 ~ Erik










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    1. Maureen, New York

      Happy NewYear!


      When I’m off from work and back home with family, one favorite highlight is checking in with you and reading Amish America.

      Thank you for making all of us readers “think”. There’s always more than one perception and pondering thwarts the reaction to immediate judgment. I learn something every single time I read your posts, and then contemplate all your reader’s responses. Something wonderful usually results.

      “Amish America” can’t be easy for your to manage; please know it’s greatly appreciated! And it’s a great source of education beyond the Amish culture. The Amish, as you know, are true and dear to me personally, yet you give a diverse dimension via your posts beyond my scope. Thank you.

      The best to you and your family in 2020,

      Central New York and the North Country

      1. Thank you, Maureen. I was happy to read that you felt that way about the posts. If they get people thinking then I am glad for it. It takes some time and effort, but I do enjoy it – both creating the posts and the time spent in Amish communities which often means spending time with friends. Thank you for your own contribution to those discussions, your extensive comments and insights have added a lot of value, especially as you know your community on a deep level. Sending a big happy new year in your direction:)

    2. Al in Ky

      Thanks for this interesting post. It’s amazing the number of different topics you covered in 2019. You are really a prolific researcher and writer.

      I looked through all of the topics and tried to determine my most favorite, but couldn’t because all were good. Yet there were three that I likely learned the most from — “Amish Latter-Day Saints?”, “Highlights from the 2019 Amish Health & Well-being Conference”, and “Who Are the Amish Mennonites?”.

      During the past year I had opportunity at different times to answer questions from several non-Amish people who are interested in learning more about Amish faith and life. I would share with them what I have learned, but also would suggest to them books by authors such as Donald Kraybill and Steve Nolt, and direct them to the Amish America website. So, thanks again for all the good information in the 2019 posts. I look forward to learning more from new posts in 2020.

      1. I appreciate that Al. I’m usually surprised looking at the range of topics that come up over the year when I put these annual posts together. By the time December rolls around I’ve forgotten a number of posts from January and February. I definitely had some help from contributors, and the Amish seem to remain a pretty newsworthy group of people for the general media to cover as well, which helps to keep this site “well-fed.”

        I’m glad you mention this site as a resource. It was interesting to see which 3 posts you learned the most from. As for me the ones I learned the most while putting together include the Enon Valley, PA settlement post, 5 Facts on Amish & Food, also the Health Conference post, Cathedrals, Castles, and Caves, and the 4 Alternative Animal Breeding businesses post.

        In addition to the regular slate of new posts this year, I plan to update the state guide pages with new numbers and info on settlements. That update has been overdue, and a nice even-numbered year like this one seems like the right time to do it.

    3. Heather Miller

      Do you ever visit Amish locations in Canada?

      1. I haven’t yet. I recently thought to post a list of the communities I’ve been to. Is there a specific Canada community you’re interested in?

    4. Geo


      Thanks for all you do, Erik. My favorite post has to be the buggy skiing video. It’s taking joy in simple things of life. A good lesson for anyone.

      1. Thanks, Geo! I appreciate that.