Home for the Holidays | Spreading Cheer to Your Neighbors

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Have you included your neighbors in your Christmas plans this year? All you have to do is set aside the time you’d spend watching one Christmas movie or making one trip to the mall, and use that time to do something special with your neighbors. Let me show you how! The Neighborhood Café is offering… Read More

Gotta Love One Another

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A reader asked how to go about making friends with her Amish neighbors. Here are a few more suggestions: 1. Express genuine appreciation The Amish are human beings like you and me. So follow the golden rule: do unto them as you would have them do unto you. We all like to hear about things… Read More

Choose Moments Over Mayhem

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Christmas is less than six weeks away. We are officially in that time of year I refer to as “Madness and Chaos.” Every year I promise myself not to get swept up in the insanity. But somehow, no matter how much I plan and prepare for a calm Christmas season, the crazy seeps in. Maybe… Read More

Sign Up For A Dream

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Sign Up for a Dream I did it! I went kayaking! (Here’s a link to the post about trying something new this fall.) I have been holding onto the dream of kayaking for years now. And I finally had the chance to try it last month in Monterey, California. I attended a writing retreat and… Read More

Autumn and the Amish

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Autumn and the Amish I love autumn. The crunch of dry leaves. Crisp mornings. The smell of wood smoke. And the harvest. Years ago, I used to can fruits and vegetables and make applesauce in September and October, but as my kids got busier and busier with school and activities, I couldn’t keep up with… Read More

Smile on Your Brother: Befriending Amish Neighbors

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A reader asked how to go about making friend with her Amish neighbors. Here are a few suggestions. Hire Them! Many Amish depend on family businesses to make a living. Why not buy what they sell? I met ‘Betsie’ in her Plain City harness shop. I don’t have horses, but I wrote an article for… Read More

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