By Kevin Williams
AMISH TO EMT: Read the inspiring story of a man who was raised Amish, left, and became an EMT. Pretty impressive and an interesting story. I know of an Amish man who is an emergency room nurse. He is a convert to the Amish faith, and the church let him keep his job. Medicinal skills are often valued among the Amish. Click here to read more.
IRA WAGLER: This ex-Amish wrote a well-received book a few years ago and since the publishing world has so few hits these days, it was inevitable they'd want him to write a second book. Here is how it is described:
In a follow-up to his New York Times bestseller Growing Up Amish, Wagler has a new book out, titled Broken Roads: Returning to my Amish Father... where he recounts his reconciliation with his father, family, and heritage after he walked away from the Amish culture over 30 years ago. The author, from Aylmer, Ontario, explores his difficult reunion, his confrontations, betrayals, and questions with faith and identity.
Now his second book is out, read about it here.
MAINE AMISH COPING WITH COVID-19: Reporters who are hungry for 24/7 coronavirus coverage find the Amish angle interesting. There's been a lot written about how the Amish are dealing with the pandemic. The Amish in Unity, Maine are a bit more open and progressive than most, so it was interesting to hear their take on it all. One interesting nugget was on the government stimulus checks that recently went out:
they've been receiving stimulus checks but they will not accept them and those will be returned to the Federal Government. The Amish don't accept direct government aid as they like to maintain their independence with the government.
AMISH IN BLAIR COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA: Another story similar to the one from Maine above: how is the local Amish settlement coping? Click here.
MILLIE OTTO'S GARDEN VEGETABLE BAKE: Check in with Illinois Amish columnist Millie Otto and get a recipe for an amazing-sounding garden vegetable bake.