FATAL CRASH IN MISSISSIPPI: Car-buggy crashes happen all too frequently and usually the car or truck wins. All the stories are sad to me, but (and I have zero proof of this) you have to think that such crashes are more rare in, say, Holmes County, Ohio where (despite the twisty, hilly roads) people are very aware there are Amish in the area. In places like Maine and Mississippi where the Amish are a relatively new presence you have to think that such crashes might be caused in part because drivers just aren't accustomed to the presence of the slow-moving horse-drawn buggies on the road. Sad! Click here to read the full story.
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: A Reading, Pennsylvania newspaper has posted a fascinating story from 1960 about some Amish parents who refused to send their children to public school and went to jail for their refusal. This is a fascinating article, IF you can get to it. WARNING: the first time I clicked on the link I was able to read the entire piece for free. Subsequent times, it prompted me to subscribe. So....my advice is try the link and if you get through, read the whole thing because you probably won't be allow back...they might have a "one free article per ISP" type policy. Or I just got lucky. Anyway, the author tries to draw a parallel between the parents and Kim Davis the Rowan County, Kentucky clerk refusing to issue gay marriage licenses. I'm not sure if the two are analogous, but the article is interesting in its Amish history, etc. Click here to try to read the article.
THIS AMISH COUNTRY INN COULD BE YOURS: For this to work, the owner would need to receive 4500 entries. That is a LOT, so I have my doubts, but I wish her well. Sheesh, even if I could enter and win, then what? Then you'd have to run a B&B and that is not something just anyone can do. You have to have the right personality. And part of having the right personality is knowing when to "turn it on" and "turn it off." Some guests love a "chatty Cathy" type host to bond and become buddies with, while others just want to be left alone and eat their oatmeal in peace. I just think it'd be a tough, tough job, but if you are the right fit then this could be for you! Click here for more information. Maybe you could be the next owner of the Garden Gate Inn!http://www.news-gazette.com/living/2015-09-09/millie-otto-garden-portends-fall-weather-doesnt.html
MENNONITES IN CANADA - TURKISH PERSPECTIVE: This is an article in a Turkish newspaper about the Mennonite settlements near Kitchener, Ontario. The article is fun to read because it is from a Turkish perspective and there is some really good photography to go along with it. So click here to read.
MORE MILLIE - TRIPLE TREAT TORTE: Millie Otto writes about her life in the sprawling Arthur, Illinois Amish settlement. There are many writers among the Amish, some good, some bad....I just think we all benefit from reading a variety of voices from the Plain community and Millie is one such voice available each week. Click this week to read Millie's column and get her Torte recipe. Yum!