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I Hate Summer


I have tried to like summer, really I have. I wrote about summer in my May post. But I was faking. I hate summer. Summer is hot and humid and I’d rather curl up inside with a book or my knitting. I love nature just not when it’s trying to cook me the minute I… Read More

Amish Roots, Part Two: Der Dutchman Heritage Festival at Plain City, Ohio


In last month’s post, I concentrated on the people at the Heritage Festival at Der Dutchman in Plain City, Ohio. For part two, I’ll highlight the crafts that were demonstrated on May 16. Pete Snellman patiently crafted brooms with this kicker-winder machine. His prowess at this dying art attracted quite a crowd. In my research… Read More

Signs of Simple Living | Tana Reiff (Plus a Giveaway!)


Here in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, we live in different worlds. There is Lancaster, an old city with a downtown vibe and urban issues. There are the surrounding small towns and suburbs, modern and busy. And then there is rural Lancaster County, with its vast farmlands. That is where more than 30,000 Amish people live as… Read More

Amish Roots: Der Dutchman Heritage Festival at Plain City, Ohio


On Saturday, May 16, I planned to celebrate Plain City’s Amish roots at the Der Dutchman Heritage Festival. I awoke to a cool, showery day: strike one. Yet I had only myself to please, as I wasn’t meeting family until later in the afternoon. Verdict: go to the festival and hope the rain held off…. Read More

Why I Refused to Love My Neighbor (Plus a Giveaway!)


When our daughter outgrew her swing set, we sold it to an acquaintance who struggled to find a truck and some buddies to help haul it away. We weren’t home when his plan came together, so we told him to go ahead and get started. They removed the swings and were dismantling the slide when… Read More

May Day Ideas for Your Neighbors


Spring is when Amish communities generally share communion together (also in the fall), and they do this outside of their regular church services. After communion, they wash one another’s feet in a sweet gesture of servitude, humility and kindness. For those of us who are not quite Amish, we can take delight during this lovely… Read More

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