Thanks to everyone for another great year. It’s been over 11 years now since I fired up this site in November 2006, really having no idea at the time where posting my observations on the Amish might lead.

Thousands of posts and nearly 50,000 blog comments later, it’s been one of the most enriching things I’ve ever been a part of.

I hope that you have been able to find something here – whether it is a needed piece of info, insight, or a place to share your thoughts and experiences.

Amish walk along the roadside in Clinton County, PA. Photo by Nicholas A. Tonelli

I always say the community adds a lot, so my sincere thanks for your contributions, for your comments, subscribes, and for coming back again and again. Some of you are new “faces” and some of you I know from years back.

The last week of December is tailor-made to review the previous year. So here are some standout posts from 2017 – either those that got the biggest response from you, or some of my personal favorites. I’ve organized these in 10 categories below.

I hope your 2017 was as good as it could be,ย and all best as we welcome 2018!


Books & Media

Amish Food

Faith & Beliefs

R & R on a Florida beach. Photo by John Wallace



News, Issues & Controversies

Clare, MI. Photo by Christian Collins

Amish Business

Joining – and Leaving – the Amish

Grab Bag

Amish-made cheese

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