By Kevin Williams
We have a grab bag of stories in the news today, so let’s get right to them!
AMISH CONFERENCE: Every three years the Young Center for Anabaptist Studies convenes a conference of speakers and academics to sort through and interpret changes coursing through Amish society. One of these days I’ll make it to the conference. I have three years to prepare, I guess, since the next one is 2019. Maybe I’ll see you there. Meanwhile, click here to read about this year’s conference. The theme seemed to be how technology is transforming the Amish or at the very least causing strain.
AMISH IN THE PACIFIC: This is an awesome photo, it’s just a photo that someone took of three Amish women wading into the Pacific Ocean in their traditional garb. Traveling is a favorite pastime among the Amish and these three lucky ladies made it all the way to the Pacific. Brrr, Pacific Ocean water is usually quite cool. Love the contrast between the Amish ladies and the less modestly clad ones in the photo…the photo says many things, what does it say to you? Click here to see it.
TRAGEDY IN DAVIESS: Man, this story is sad. I know farming is dangerous work, but one of the saddest things about this story is that we’ll never know what exactly happened. An Amish minister was found dead in his farm field, run over by hi horse-drawn bean drill. Did he experience some sort of medical issue? Did the horses get spooked somehow? Either way, six children are left fatherless and a wife without her life partner. Click here to read more and keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
TOMATO PIE RECIPES: The Allentown Morning Call is the main newspaper serving east-central Pennsylvania, a region which is a repository of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch recipes. The newspaper did a recipe exchange this week which featured a couple of classic old-time recipes for “tomato pie”, a specialty in Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish kitchens. Click here for the recipes.
AUNTIE ANNE’S PRETZELS: Just a fun article offering up some insights into this chain with Amish origins. Click here.
SARA MILLER’S AMISH CORNER: This is a fun twice a month column that appears in a local Geauga County newspaper written by an area Amish woman named Sara Miller. Gives you a real authentic taste of Amish insight, it reads like an entry from the Amish newspaper, The Budget. Click here to read.