By Kevin Williams
We have an array of interesting news articles today.
THE STORY OF EZRA STOLTZFUS: Was this man an Amish politician in Teddy Roosevelt's Bull Moose Party? It's a fascinating historical read, click here for more.
MEET LLOYD SMUCKER: A Pennsylvania Republican won a Congressional seat in Lancaster County. Lloyd Smucker spent the first five years of his life in the Old Order Amish church, so his life has taken on quite the trajectory. Click here.
SWAN MEADOW SCHOOL: An article has been running on the newswires about the Swan Meadow School in Oakland, Maryland. Oakland is a remote Amish settlement in the far, far western mountains of Maryland. The area is gorgeous and home to one of the my favorite ,and most unique, Amish settlements. You can read about my visit here. The school there is interesting in that it is a public school whose population happens to be overwhelmingly Amish. There are a handful of Mennonites and conservative Baptists who attend. All of this creates some challenges in hewing to state guidelines,but they seem to make it work. The school is a small, tidy brick building on the main road. Click here to read this excellent indepth article about the school.
MENNONITE MINI-SERIES: The CBC in Canada is soon to start screening a six-part primetime mini-series called "Pure" loosely based on a real-life drug trafficking ring that roiled a Canadian Mennonite community.Some people calling this "Mennonite Breaking Bad" (which I once tried to watch the actual show "Breaking Bad" and just couldn't get into it). Read more about Pure here.
THANKSGIVING SIDE DISH: AMISH COUNTRY CONFETTI CABBAGE SLAW -Sounds like this might be a delicious addition to any Thanksgiving supper table. Click here.
MILLIE'S PUMPKIN PECAN CAKE: Check out this week's entry from Illinois Amish scribe Millie Otto and her recipe for delicious-sounding "pumpkin pecan cake." Yum. Click here.