By Kevin Williams
We have a mix of stories in the news this week, so let's get to it.
MURDER IN AMISH COUNTRY: There's a documentary coming up about this one...it is disturbing and don't read it if you think you'll be bothered, because the details are disturbing. This case is just awful. I will say, though, and I am NOT giving the Amish man any sort of praise....but he COULD have just lived his life, gotten away with murder, and lived to an old age. So while I am not praising the man, he did step forward to try to create a sense of justice so perhaps there is a shred of redeeming quality in him. I don't know, people are complicated. Click here to read more.
AUNTIE ANNE'S: These pretzels are a cultural icon, which is why I am watching the growth of Ben's Pretzels with such interest. But, anyway, Auntie Anne's is amazing. I love their pretzels. I think they are a little pricey and they, in my opinion, have oversaturated themselves but if you are not familiar with her humble Amish roots, you can read more here.
MILLIE'S NO-FUSS LASAGNA: Check out Illinois Amish columnist Millie Otto and her recipe this week for an easy, no-fuss lasagna, it does sound really good! Click here for the recipe.
AMISH LATTER DAY SAINTS: A Utah TV station produced a documentary about this and they are promoting it again this week. It is fascinating but I have mixed feelings about it. Three Ohio families have left the Amish to join the Latter Day Saints,but they still live and dress Amish. Click here to read and watch and decide for yourself.
EDITOR'S PICK - MENNONITES ADAPTING: This is a superb article in the Reading, Pennsylvania newspaper about the changing Old Order Mennonite culture. I think this article captures richly and perfectly the gradual tradition away from farming, click here to read.