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Counting My Blessings on This Thanksgiving Day

Posted by Mose Shetler on

Counting My Blessings on This Thanksgiving Day

This post is a small overview of what I am thankful for, my memories of sitting around my Amish grandmother's Thanksgiving table and the new traditions I'm starting with my son. 

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Pizza Fundraising

Posted by Mose Shetler on

Pizza Fundraising

It is no secret that when someone within the Amish community has a need that the rest of the community rallies around them and helps them dig out of their financial hole. The needs the Amish deal with are valid needs; someone is ill, has an accident, or a building has been ruined. Those close to the family will take it upon themselves to get something going to help raise funds to either pay down the debt, or to simply help the family make house payments and keep their cupboards full. A local store, Walnut Creek Cheese, has a brochure...

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Common Misconceptions About The Amish - Part Three

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Common Misconceptions About The Amish - Part Three

If you've not read the first two parts of this series, I invite you to click on these two links and read them before continuing on here.  Common Misconceptions About the Amish Common Misconceptions About the Amish - Part Two  Let’s dive right into our next common misconceptions about the Amish.   In this article I will refer to the offender as “he” just to make it easier, but the same would be true for a female member. The other thing to remember is that various sects of Amish will have different degrees of tolerance for offenses, so I’m going...

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Common Misconceptions About The Amish - Part 2

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Common Misconceptions About The Amish - Part 2

    As I was writing last week's post I realized I had enough common misconceptions about the Amish to talk about to make it into a small series of posts rather than bombard my readers with information overload. In case you missed the first post of the series you can go here to read the first post. Common Misconceptions About The Amish.   Vaccinations This hot button issue relating to children is an ongoing conversation in many circles. Some feel it is the right thing to do, others do not. It's the same with the Amish. It is an individual's...

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Common Misconceptions About The Amish

Posted by Mose Shetler on

Common Misconceptions About The Amish

  Here is a list of common misconceptions about the Amish I thought my readers might enjoy reading. It is good for an outsider to understand the various sects of Amish because each sect does things a little bit different from the others. One can rarely make a blanket statement lumping all the Amish together. For example, “The Amish don’t allow their picture to be taken.” This is not true of all Amish sects so you can’t make a blanket statement about it. It would be more correct to say, “The Swartzentruber Amish and a few other sects of Amish...

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