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The Inward Call to the Simpler Life | Martha Artyomenko

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Amish fiction. Jane Austen. The call of the past and the promise of a simpler life draws many of us. Those of us that spend our days surrounded by cell phones, computers, and the latest technological gizmo often think we would love something more or maybe I should say, something less. The draw of the… Read More

Stress . . . Line One

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Is stress calling for you? Stress is defined as “pressure or tension exerted on a material object” or, “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or very demanding circumstances.” I reckon we all can relate to having a demanding situation that has faced us. Whether a big situation or small… Read More

Ways I Fuel My Creativity

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Ways I Fuel My Creativity I’m an author of a lot of books and a lot of blogs— 40+ and 3,000+ respectfully! I write a lot. I plot a lot, but one of my biggest weaknesses is in taking time to consider how to fuel my soul. There’s a lot outbound and if I’m not careful I get… Read More

Chasing the Blues

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Autumn is my favorite season. I love cuddling up in warm clothes. I like the heavy stew of flavors that the harvest brings. But I also know there are times when this season can be depressing. Do the Amish get depressed? Of course they do! We are all prone to the blues sometimes. I am… Read More

3 Ways to Slow Down on the Busy Days

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I just finished reading {again} The Big Sky series by Tricia Goyer. Marianna Sommer is one of my favorite characters ever. I relate to her desire to find that elusive blend of hard work and stillness in daily life. My days are full of things to do, projects to complete, places to be, and people who… Read More

Where Church History has Led Me

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I’ve been fascinated by the Amish my entire adult life—a trip to Lancaster County in my twenties and lots of reading fueled my interest—but it wasn’t until five years ago that I started seriously researching the Amish. That led me to research church history, all the way back to the Reformation and the beginnings of… Read More

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