By Kevin Williams
I couldn't find a ton of Amish in the News this week (which isn't necessarily a bad thing...the Amish are, after all, a pretty private people who'd rather not be in the headlines). There were some tragic buggy-car accidents this past week, but it seems like that is pretty much an every week event. Sadly common and I hate to focus on it too much all the time. A 17-year-old Amish boy was killed in a buggy-car crash not far from me - Wayne County, Indiana - over the past week. Has to be a devastating loss for the family.
On a lighter note, remember the young Amish boy- Samuel - in the movie Witness:
A California newspaper was reporting on campaign contributions from their area and :
The money comes from disparate sources. Lukas Haas, the 40-year-old actor who played an Amish boy in the 1985 movie, "Witness," gave $2,700 — the primary election maximum — to Clinton. His donation lists a Port Hueneme residence.
Sheesh, my question is: who has time to comb through stacks of campaign contributions lists? And who'd recognize his name? I mean it'd be one thing if you stumbled across Dustin Hoffman or Meryl Streep's name, but Lukas Haas? I did do a little Googling and it appears he is still an actor and he pals around with the much more famous Leonardo DiCaprio.
SHOOFLY PIE WITH WALNUTS: The Boston Globe ran a recipe for this Amish classic with a nutty twist over the weekend. Click here for shoofly pie with walnuts.
TRAVEL - With summer travel season ramping up we have a couple of articles focused on travel in Amish country here:
LANCASTER COUNTY: I don't usually laugh at typos, I make plenty of my own. But I did have to chuckle when I saw the article encouraging visitors here to try "Shoe Fly Pie"....a little sole food anyone? Anyway, click here for a primer of some things to do in Lancaster County.
WHOOPIE PIES: A Texas newspaper posted a good recipe for Whoopie Pies over the weekend. Click here.
MILLIE READIES FOR A WEDDING AND SERVES UP ROCKY ROAD FROZEN DESSERT: For newbies here, Millie is not associated with this website, I just like to share other Amish writers with you from time to time....Millie's style is far more pop culture than what you might expect from a typical Amish writer, but she illustrates the wide variations found among the Amish. Click here for Millie's column.
SARASOTA BONNET RIPPERS: The Amish fiction craze marches on and a favorite thing to do is set the stories in "hyper-local" places like Pinecraft. I did that four years ago with one of my Amish fiction novellas. Click here to read more.