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Visited Pennsylvania Dutch Country this past summer. This is where a population of Amish people live in the United States. Only place with more Amish is Ohio. There are more than 40, 000 Amish in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Canada is also home to Amish communities.

It was just so beautiful and peaceful. Rolling green hills and gorgeous farms.

I’ve always been fascinated by the Amish people. And not just because maybe one of my daughters might have said I dressed like one.

But because I find it quite interesting that they live in a community that shuns a lot of the modern world. Have their own language and customs. Live and dress simply. It’s all about faith, family and farm. They help each other. They are pacifists.

Yes, some do business with folks outside their community. And probably do quite well based on the hefty price tags I’ve seen attached to homemade quilts and hand carved furniture.

For the most part, though, they stick to their own. Travel around in horse drawn buggies. Members of the Old Order avoid modern technology.


My cousin and I had a lovely visit. Bought some fresh yarn (lol) and visited a farm for fresh peaches and zucchini bread. Checked out the animals. We even did some Lancaster County wine tasting although that had nothing to do with the Amish.


The first time I visited was about twenty five years ago. I remember telling my mother about the trip. I was enthralled with the simplicity of their lives. My mom said, “Well, not being allowed to attend school after the eighth grade really doesn’t sound like a great thing.”

But my argument then (and still) is this: In this context it actually is a good thing. For them. I’m not talking about you and me.

Why would they need to be educated beyond the eighth grade?

The children are groomed in the ways of Amish. They do learn English in school. And maybe a smattering of geography or history. They need to learn the skills necessary to live in their community. Not ours. They won’t ever be a part of our community.


They will need to learn about agriculture. Or how to measure planks of wood for building homes and furniture. Quilting. Gardening. Preserves. Biblical text and verses.


They have no desire or need to learn more.

I think I’ll always find it fascinating that these communities still exist in North America. Not because they are the “other” but because maybe, just maybe, their lifestyle is sort of refreshing.

Simply stuck in time.



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I was chatting with my girlfriend last night. Texting. See how technologically advanced I am?

She was telling me she was all caught up with her Twitter account following the latest worldwide news. I suppose I don’t even have to tell you what’s happening there. Don’t need to have a Twitter account to have an angst filled heart.

I told her I had an account but it was quite inactive. She asked what the name would be. I told her to try this and to try that. Because I had no recollection.

She finally found me. Said she was rolling on the floor laughing.

I questioned why.

I had about seven tweets (only four of them mine-darn spam!)

The last one was back in August of 2009. “Thinking about losing five pounds.”

And I was not referring to money.

I laughed and said, “It’s August 2013 and I’m still thinking about it!”

I suppose there is something to be said for continuity and predictability.

Even this technologically advanced world can appreciate that. Especially while we are on the edge of our seats, anxious and fearful about the unstable and very unpredictable nature of the current news.

Prayers and positive thoughts to Syria. This week and always.

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