By Kevin Williams
AMISH ALTRUISM: Public service is very spotty among the Amish. In some communities, I've noticed, the Amish have a deep sense of charity and mission. In others, not so much. Read about some Amish youth who do have a strong sense of mission, they spent the Thanksgiving holiday in Mississippi hammering in nail, laying sheetrock, repair roofs, and trimming trees. Click here to read more.
LEAVING LARUE: This is a a good feature that provides an indepth interview with an Amish family that is pulling up stakes from Kentucky and moving to Missouri. There's nothing particularly groundbreaking about the article, but it does provide good insight into the nomadic nature of some Amish. The article is behind a paywall sometimes, but other times I was able to access it free...so I don't know, click here to try it and hopefully you can access it.
PINECRAFT, FLORIDA: This is such a special Amish community, the Sunshine State's only Amish outpost. I think the city of Sarasota over the past decade has come to realize what a gem Pinecraft is and they've begun to take steps to protect the enclave from overrunning development and implement ways to improve quality of life. Click here to read more.
GINGER PUDDING: Not really Amish, but this recipe for Ginger Pudding sounded awesome for the holidays. Click here.
MILLIE'S MILLION DOLLAR FUDGE: Check out Amish writer Millie Otto's weekly dispatch and her recipe for homemade Million Dollar Fudge, perfect for the holidays! Click here.