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

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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 […]

Fiction in the Works: Amish + Sunshine + Pies!

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I have an Amish book coming out next summer … and it’s a pretty yummy book. I received an editorial note from my editor Kathleen at Harvest House. And you can guess what I’ll be working on for the next two weeks … edits. I had a few favorite parts in this letter from her: […]

Christmas in West Kootenai | An Amish Second Christmas

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In An Amish Second Christmas (released yesterday!!), I was one of four authors who was able to share a unique story about Second Christmas. What is Second Christmas? The Amish Christmas is a simple holiday. Families spend time together, but usually only the children receive presents. (One small present per child.) They do not decorate their […]

Where Have All the Amish Gone?

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When I was in third grade, I started the year off in a Cincinnati area elementary school that has since been leveled. The school lives on in my memory, though, because of the amazing music teacher. Two songs he taught us, “The Wells Fargo Wagon” from The Music Man and “Jeannie’s Packing Up” from Brigadoon, […]

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