By Kevin Williams
Let's take a look at some Amish in the News to begin the week:
TRAGEDY - AMISH DROWNING: This incident happened in the Amish community of Bergholz, Ohio. Some of you may remember that name from the "Amish cult" that operated there and still does. Some people would argue that this group isn't Amish at all. Regardless, though, this was a tragedy. An Amish teenager swimming in a farm pond with his brother suddenly struggles and, despite his older brother's efforts, drowns. It's just hard to imagine what would make a 15-year-old boy suddenly succumb like that? The sheriff of Jefferson County gave more details on the incident here. Very sad...thoughts and prayers to all of those involved.
ONE YEAR LATER - This article is both inspiring and sad. Sad, because it's just heart-breaking to think of the pain endured by this Amish boy. The inspiring part - and I think this goes to the enduring appeal of the Amish - is how the community sort of wrapped their arms around him and the family in a giant collective hug. The Amish are not perfect. They aren't good at everything, nor do they handle every situation in the best way. But when it comes to tragedies like these, there are few people more equipped to deal with it. Click here to read this touching story about an 11-year-old Amish boy who almost lost his life a year ago and where he is today. Definitely worth a read!
SARA MILLER'S AMISH CORNER: Really, this is about as authentic as it gets in terms of Amish writing. I love this column that Sara Miller writes monthly for the Geuaga Maple Leaf. Click here to read her latest installment.
SIGH - THE SAGA CONTINUES: Man, I'll be glad when this goes to trial on August 2 because maybe it'll put an end to this ridiculous drama playing out in Auburn, Kentucky. Horse poop. Most towns find a way to deal with it, but not Auburn, Kentucky which has wasted so much money and sullied its image by going after Amish people who don't put diapers on their horses. This will all come to a head when the trial begins on August 2. Click here to read more.
TEN RURAL RECIPES: The Quincy, Illinois paper is a sentimental favorite of mine, the first newspaper to ever begin carrying The Amish Cook. And they still carry it to this day. So I have a lot of affection for the Quincy-Hannibal, MO area. While these recipes aren't Amish per se, this woman's cooking style reflects the rural sensibility of the Amish, the wonderful teaching skills of 4-H. And some of her recipes, like the tomato pie, are found in Amish kitchens. So click here for an enjoyable read from the Quincy paper that includes 10 amazing sounding recipes! Man, check out that "3 Envelope Roast!"
Amish Tomato Pie