HORSING AROUND IN PENNSYLVANIA: Check out a great article in the Allentown Morning Call about an annual Amish-run horse auction in Pennsylvania. Buyers come from all over the country. Click here to read more.
FINAL HORSE MANURE CASES DISMISSED: Common sense prevails in Kentucky. Click here for an update.
MAINE AMISH: I've spent a lot of time in the growing Amish communities in Maine. Their presence is growing around - and now in - the town of Presque Isle. It's funny because I was expecting a rural, remote Amish community here, but it's not. Presque Isle has most all the chain stores you'd expect in any decent small town (a Lowe's, a Penny's, for example)....But now an Amish family has moved into the city of Presque Isle, a rural patch in the city limits, but that is rare for Amish to actually live in cities. They usually prefer unincorporated townships. Anyway, click here for this interesting article.
A BALLOONING FRIENDSHIP: I LOVE this story and I'll let this good article do most of the talking. The only think I'll add is that I did several of these things when I was a boy. I once stuck a note in a bottle and tossed it off a pier in North Carolina (SIGH, I know, I know, it's littering so maybe I shouldn't have) and I also tied a note to a balloon and let it loose (I know, I know, littering, bad for birds, so maybe I shouldn't have). In neither case did I ever hear back from anyone. But an Amish girl who let a balloon loose did hear back from someone and a friendship took root. Charming story. Click here to read.
LANCASTER COUNTY CHICKEN POT PIE WITH A CRUST AND WITHOUT: Mmmm, a cold winter's day calls for something hearty and warm....pot pie? But the question is: with a crust or without? I vote with, but for some "pot pies" is a soup more than a crusted pie. This is especially true among the Amish. The Lancaster newspaper printed a recipe for pot pie soup with some background, check it out here.