By Kevin Williams
For whatever reason, there was a spate of stories the past week about people who left the Amish successfully. The media tends to obsess over these types of stories but they're actually pretty common and as the Amish population grows in size these stories, statistically, will mirror that. So, we'll make "leaving the Amish" the theme of this week's News. All three stories are interesting with each having their own angle.
AMISH COUSINS GRADUATE: Not sure why this was even an article, out of three stories about people leaving the Amish this was, I thought, the least interesting. So, two cousins families left the Amish when they were toddlers and now, years later, they are graduating. Awesome for them, but this is pretty common in Ohio Amish country. Click here to read.
MAN LEAVES AMISH, GRADUATES FROM COLLEGE: This Amish man left the church, he was from a conservative Wisconsin community. I've heard a lot about some of the Amish settlements in far western Wisconsin, they seem pretty strict. Click here to read more about this man's journey.
AMISH WOMAN LEAVES AMISH AND JOINS MILITARY: Not a life trajectory you see everyday! Click here to read about her journey.
EDITOR'S PICK - AMISH NEAR ALPENA, MICHIGAN "GOD IS OUR LIVES": This is an excellent article that appeared in the tiny Alpena, Michigan newspaper about a new Amish settlement in their area. Man, this is the type of article I would have jumped all over doing when I was a young newspaper reporter. So many small-town papers have dumped doing this type of feature, but click here to read an an excellent article.
MEATLOAF: Check in with Amish columnist Millie Otto from Arthur, Illinois and her recipe for mouth-watering "stuffed meatloaf." Click here.