By Kevin Williams
FLORENCE HENDERSON: SIGH, what a gem she was. So sad to see that this American icon passed away over the holiday weekend. She grew up in Indiana so I sort of connect with her midwestern roots. We all know her as the cheery, wholesome "everymom" in the Brady Bunch, but her career spanned decades and encompassed all sorts of roles. She even made a cameo in Weird Al Yankovic's "Amish Paradise" parody. The video is fun. Some slightly coarse moments in the video but if you're okay with that, it is fun to watch...check out the 33 second mark when Florence Henderson makes her first appearance. RIP, Florence Henderson...I have many happy memories of coming home from school and watching the Brady Bunch with that gaudy awful orange kitchen, maid that seemed to effortlessly keep the place mess-free, and squeaky clean family crises.
AMISH HELP TRUMP WIN? A super piece in the Hillsboro, Ohio newspaper hints that the Amish vote may have indeed helped Donald Trump seal the deal. My own analysis of voting rolls doesn't necessarily come to the same conclusion. I'll share my analysis soon. I think. Part of me is just tired of the whole topic. Anyway, click here to read this piece.
AMISH TOURISM: The Lancaster, PA newspaper had an interesting article this past week that looks at the genesis of tourism as a way of life among the Amish. It traces the roots to the 1950s. Click here for the article.
THE AMISH PAGE: I just thought this was interesting, the Waterloo Courier in Iowa apparently has a weekly page just devoted to ads from Amish businesses in the area. That would be super interesting to look at week in and week out. Click here for a sample.
DUTCH TREATS: Read an interview with Pennsylvania Dutch food historian William Woys Weaver about his new cookbook. I've interviewed William before and he is a fascinating repository of authentic Pennsylvania Dutch food culture! Click here to read.
MILLIE'S TOFFEE DROP COOKIES: Man, these cookies sound amazing! Check out this recipe and the latest musings from Illinois Amish columnist, Millie Otto.