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

Getting to Know Your Amish Neighbors

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When we had a question from a blog reader about the best way to meet your Amish neighbor, I jumped on the chance to respond. Not because I live next door to an Amish family, but my long-distant Amish friends in Lancaster are forever telling me, they are normal people, just like me. In my… Read More

Perspectives on the Plain

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If you’ve stepped into the Plain world for any length of time, whether by books or your own life experience, and mention it to others, often you’ll get a variety of reactions, especially about the Plain lifestyle and Plain-themed fiction. In my own experience, I’ve seen reactions from passionate lovers of all things Amish 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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