A few highlights from the past week
I always seem to have neat things happen to me during the week as I’m working. I try to make a note of them for posts like this one. Last week I was treated to a rendition of the Noah’s Ark song (sung to the tune of ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’, by five sisters, ages fifteen to two. I’d heard the Amish sing from…
How do Amish choose a hospital?
How do Amish decide where to get medical treatment? There are multiple factors that go into that decision, but since Amish pay cash for medical care, a big factor is cost. If you’ve ever traveled through Millersburg, the seat of Holmes County, you may have passed by Pomerene Hospital. Amish are perhaps 40% of Holmes County’s population, one reason they make up a large part–20%–of the…
Letting your light shine
I have a friend here in the Amish settlement at Holmes County. He’s relied on a wheelchair for some years. Whenever I stop by ‘Aden’s’,I get a fresh dose of perspective. I don’t think I know a more positive person. ‘We have so much’ Aden tells me. ‘You can’t walk’, I think to myself. ‘How can you be this upbeat about life?’ Aden makes a…
Cruising with the Youngie
Once church lets out around noon, the Youngie hit the streets. Some do hang around for the post-service meal, but a number get going right off the bat. Between the hours of 1 to 3 especially, you notice a lot of open buggies, ones with ‘un-Amish’ decals and quite a few sporting excessive ‘reflectorization’. This shot is from a heavily-trafficked North-South route in Lancaster County,…
The Dover, Delaware Amish settlement
Delaware may be our first state, but examining a US map today, it’s easy to overlook. The average state in America consists of 63 counties; Delaware, with the fewest of all, has just three. The “one in the middle”, Kent County, is home to the second largest city and state capital, Dover. Just west of Dover city limits you’ll find Delaware’s only Amish settlement, a community…
The missing photos
Using a Kindle to post for most of the past week meant I couldn’t upload photos. Here are a few I’d like to have included, mostly from Lancaster County. It was an overcast week, or at least it seemed to be whenever I pulled out my camera. There’s a story behind each of these photos, though I don’t know them all myself: …
Very nice picture you got there, Erik
Near Wooster, maybe?
My husband and I met at the College of Wooster, in Wooster, Wayne County, OH. A wonderful college!!
I’ll bet one of the women’s dorm employees was of Amish or Mennonite background. When one of the students left her suitcases in the lobby, this lady hung a sign over them: “Whose suitcases these are better take them upstairs.”
I’m liking that image as well Erik, and id say that one would be a keeper and would make a great back ground for a computer screen. Richard from Amish Stories. http://www.Amishstorys.com
Also judging by the contents of the picture I would say you are somehwere in a farm area of Wayne County… Mind you, it’s just a guess though…
Beautiful picture! Thanks for sharing it.
What a beautiful picture, maybe one day I’ll get there myself.
Hey, it looks like your artistic side came out on this one. Good shot!
Very atmospheric picture, love it……
That’s a beautiful picture. I live in Wayne County, New York.
Wayne County has both Amish and Hobits?
What's with the box?
Is that a mailbox he’s getting into? Low flying bird house? Photoshop it out and wow, you’ve got great!
Great picture, as usual, Erik. Hope you are having a wonderful time. Be safe.
Beautiful photo Erik! You have an artist’s eye for image. I put this one on my computer desktop.
Your posts go so well with my morning tea.
Gorgeous shot! (New book cover? Hint, hint?! :-)) I like the figure, myself!
Great photo. My favorite Amish areas are Holmes and Wayne counties in Ohio.
Somewhere in Wayne County, Ohio
I visit Wayne and Holmes Counties once a year and love the photo. Perhaps I have even been past that house. I love seeing, reading about and learning more about the Amish. May they continue to enjoy the freedoms they do now.
I would love to be there in that picture.
One of the things I love about visiting Amish Country is the dead silence you can experience sometimes. That special kind of quiet that comes from no cars, no refrigerators humming, no leaf blowers! To me this photo captures that quiet. Thanks Erik.
Ahhh! Silence without "shushing"!
Betsy, I would LOVE to experience that kind of quiet, at least now and then. There sure isn’t much “silence” at the library where I work! (And we’re not allowed to “shush”, anymore.) It “sounds” like heaven!
A perfect moment captured. How I would love to wander into this photo! ^.^
GREAT PICTURE ERIK, YOU DO GOOD WORK 🙂 KEEP IT UP AND YOU NEED TO START THINKING ABOUT WRITING ANOTHER BOOK, AS MUCH AS YOU VISIT THE AMISH, YOU WOULD HAVE A LOT TO SAY AND WE KNOW IT WOULD BE THE TRUTH…..AND IF YOU HAVEN’T THOUGHT OF THIS IDEA, THEN I’M IN IN FOR THE CUT…..LOL
HOPE YOU’RE HAVING A GREAT VACATIO, AND GETTING US LOTS OF GOOD RECIPES OF THINGS YOU’VE EATEN…..YOU COULD ALSO ADD SOME RECIPES TO YOUR NEW BOOK I SUGGESTED :)…..
Sorry for the errors, should have reread it before I submitted….hey Erik, do you think you could work on this and let us review it before we hit enter? That way we could correct our mistakes……
I meant to say in it, not in in…..and for vacation, I omitted the n…..sorry about that….I do not like mispelled words…..so next time I shall reread before I hit enter 🙂
Glad you liked this shot. In answer to some of the questions, I’m not exactly sure how far I was from Wooster, my Wayne County internal compass is a lot weaker than my Holmes County one.
That is actually a mailbox in the foreground. I did not even notice the guy until after I took the picture 🙂
Probably gone pass there..
I’m a bicyclist in Wayne County and probably have cycle pass that Amish farm many times. I’ve been riding in the county + Holmes county for many years now. Cycling is a great way to see the slower pace of the Amish community.
Pumpkinvine bike trail in Amish Indiana
Speedy that seems like great riding country. Probably harder once you get into the gravel roads more common in Holmes. I am not a biker, but did ride a bit in Wayne County, once. Also the Holmes County trail.
They have opened something similar to that one in northern Indiana called the Pumpkinvine Trail. Looked like it was getting some use when I drove across it a few times last week. It is going to run from Shipshewana to Goshen but it’s not all open yet. http://www.pumpkinvine.org/
May I Use a Photo?
I am a graduate student at Cleveland State University working on a project for the state of Ohio. It is a best practices in planning resource for Ohio Municipalities. The website is http://balancedgrowth.ohio.gov/ . I would like permission to use your photo of Amish in Wooster county. If you agree to allow me to use your photo, how would you like me to cite you? Thanks in advance!
Gregory SJ Soltis
Graduate Assistant to Dr. Mark Salling
Northern Ohio Data & Information Service – NODIS
Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Cleveland State University
work phone: 216.687.3802