THE FLORIDA THING: Businessweek Magazine has a long piece this week about an investment scheme that lured Amish into sinking money into a Florida development. The story is long, but it's worth a read if you have some time. It really brings a lot of truisms. Everything I see in this story, I've seen in real life. First, there is a big difference between someone who is in business with an Amish person and just makes poor decisions and the business loses money versus someone who is deliberately defrauding. In this case, it's not 100 percent clear to me what is happening. The story also brings together two classic ingredients: one, a huckster, and two, someone trying to "rescue" the Amish. The Amish are generally very smart people and don't need rescuing and, in my experience, the outsiders trying to do the rescuing are usually a bit off-kilter themselves. (And, yes, I am a writer and most of my life paycheck comes from writing about the Amish...I think the term "making money off of the Amish" is a bit sanctimonious and gets thrown around a lot, but that is another post for another day:)
The Amish are an extremely entrepreneurial people and capitalism is very much a part of their identity as this piece shows. Click here to read it.
INDIANA DROWNING: Tragedy out of southern Indiana. A young Amish man drowned in about 10 feet of water. Really sad and puzzling how a young man in his physical prime could just drown like that. Our thoughts and prayers are with him. Click here to read more.
Kate Stoltz 25 Things You Don't Know About Me - Us Weekly stoltz KATE STOLTZ INTERVIEW: Kate Stoltz is one of the stars of "Breaking Amish" and "Return to Amish" and is now a model and honestly I just don't know enough about her to have an opinion. I don't watch the show. I'm dubious about her Amish upbringing. She's 23 years old now, which is very young. She debuted in Breaking Amish when she was 21. And yet she "used to own a bakery." Yet she was also into rap, wearing jeans under her Amish dress, etc...I don't know, I'm not saying her life story isn't true, but I'm saying there are a lot of pieces that just seem "off." On the other hand, the interview does have a aura of credibility. I can absolutely believe kids making up going on a bathroom break just to stretch their legs from church services (although that is usually perfectly permissible anywhere, so not sure why they'd need to make that excuse up)...Anyway, you be the judge...click here to read US Magazine's 25 Things You Didn't Know about Kate Stoltz.