A few interesting late-week stories related to Plain culture that I thought I'd share:
MENNONITES, OLD IS NEW AGAIN: A century and a half old church, shared by the Weaver and Stauffer Mennonites, in Pennsylvania is being razed soon to make way for a new church. The new church really won't be much different than the old church, just set back from the road more and with better acoustics, but otherwise life goes on. One of the appeals of Plain life is knowing that the torch is generally seamlessly passed to the next generation and I'm sure this new church will greet worshippers 150 years from now. Interesting story! Click here to read.
HORSE AND BUGGY HEARSE: This isn't something you see everyday. The Amish connection to this story is tangential but, yes, in the age before automation horse-drawn horses were the norm. The Amish still use them, although they are rare as ornate as this one. Click here to be transported to another time....
ROSANNA WINS: This is a really good article about our Plain Kansas columnist's "Slow Money" win. You have to jump through a few hoops (took me 30 seconds was all) to read it, but you can read it for free. I don't mind paying for an article (I know, I'm in the minority), but it is sort of annoying to have to jump through a hoop to read a free one, but, oh well, click here to read.
MORE AMISH RENOgades: The Boston Globe TV critic had kind words about the show Amish RENOgades, I wrote about it a few days ago, I am sure it is a good show, but I stand by my sentiment that it probably doesn't give the viewer a very authentic view of Amish culture. Click here to read the Globe's kind review.
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