Amish Auctions

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It’s widely known that the Amish take care of themselves. In fact, their sense of community is one of the many things I admire about them. One of the most popular ways that they support each other and their community is through various types of auctions. A few weeks ago, Lynette Sowell told us about… Read More

An Amish Christmas Pageant

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All across the Amish community, children have been practicing for their Christmas programs. The following is from one such program. The children came out and lined up. They held large cards where the audience couldn’t read them. Together they recited: Bees can sting, oh, this is true, But bees can make good honey, too, And… 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

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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