Where Have All the Amish Gone?


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,… Read More

If I Had Amish Neighbors | Kate Lloyd

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I’m usually cheerful and optimistic, but I took a tumble last week and injured my right shoulder; what used to be my good arm is now an aggravating source of discomfort. Can you tell I’m feeling sorry for myself? My doctor said, “Nothing’s broken or torn, but don’t lift anything heavier than five pounds until the… Read More

Seven Things I learned from Quilting


Hang around the Amish long enough and you will soon find yourself gardening, cooking and quilting. Okay, maybe that’s just me. Isn’t it true though, that when you read about a group of people, it causes you to pause . . . and consider? A small garden is a lot of fun, especially the harvest…. Read More

Feeling Down? Go Pet A Pony!


I love animals and fortunately I am surrounded by various creatures. It’s nice to visit places and just look at the animals rather than have the responsibility of a farm. During the summer months it seems as though I am perpetually happy, especially if I am around animals. I am a firm believer that little… Read More

Amish Country Photography: From My Favorite Photographer


My brother Henry Hershey got his first camera with the S & H Green Stamps my mother saved in the 1960′s. It was an Argus 35 mm, built with metal casing, strong as a truck. We grew up on a dairy farm in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Our parents were plain Mennonites. I was the big… Read More

Vella Shpringa


My husband is a runner. Really, he’s not just a passionate runner . . . but about running health and nutrition in mind to keep his body strong. He started competitive running a little over 3 years ago, and I’m so impressed with not just his improvement, but his drive and motivation. Since our move… Read More

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