Some weeks are more thin than others on Amish-related material in the blogosphere. Wow, oh wow, there are a gazillon posts about Amish fiction...reviews and such. It's like there are so many titles I wouldn't even know where to start, so I rarely delve into that topic here. So that leaves me with some slim pickin's this week, but there are still some posts worth checking out:
ANOTHER AMISH BARN-RAISING: I connected to a blog a few weeks ago showing photos of an Amish barn-raising but this one is different. The photos are on a Flickr account and there is a brief essay with them about the barn-raising. There are some intriguing tidbits in the essay such as at the end of the barn-raising meal, a choice is offered between a piece of cake or a cigar (maybe I wouldn't earn my "manhood" chops here, but I'd choose the cake!). That is a custom I'm unfamiliar with. Tobacco use among the Amish is generally not forbidden, but it's a not a very visible activity. In fact as long as I've been visiting Amish settlements I've never once seen an Amish person smoking. Yet I have heard from others seeing it done (a friend of mine in Pennsylvania describes seeing people smoking cigarettes on the back porch late in the day) What is interesting is that the barn-raising appears to be in a very conservative community of Amish. You can tell that from the lack of orange safety triangles displayed on the buggies. This, in my view, looks like a Swartzentruber Amish settlement, which is one of the most conservative of all. Interestingly, the other accounts of cigars among the Amish that I've heard have come from, surprisingly, Swartzentruber communities. What does this all mean? Maybe not much but as an Amish researcher I just find the traditions and customs and "connecting the dots" between them fascinating! So, click here to read the essay and look at the photos (you have to click the photo and then click on the arrow to view them all)
TRADITIONAL AMISH POTATO SALAD: I hesitated linking to this recipe. No, it's a great looking recipe, that's why I ultimately decided to link to it. But before you make this for your Fourth of July picnic, do stick around until Wednesday. That is when I'll be posting Rosanna's Old Brethren Potato Salad recipe and that looks quite fascinating and delicious. So check out this blog if you want a very traditional Amish-style potato salad, but stay tuned for Wednesday also!
TRAIN FRIENDS? Wow, these travelers "hit the jackpot." Generally, when I travel on a plane (I haven't done enough train travel to know really how I'd feel there) I just want to be left alone. I know, anti-social of me. I mean, I'm not so anti-social that if I got seated by someone and we just really clicked that I wouldn't enjoy some good conversation. And back in my single days I always was on the look-out for a seatmate who was single and female (I think I've watched one too many movies) But generally I just like to sleep or read. On a plane I'm usually seated by the screaming baby and I'm taking bumps from the person behind me or getting my leg banged by the beverage cart as it moves through the aisle. Not pleasant. But these non-Amish travelers met up with some Old Order Amish travelers by chance on a train and "clicked" enough to travel together a bit and then meet up later at their Lancaster County farm later. The travelers were all in their 80s. Click here to read about their adventure.
MAYANS AND MENNONITES: Just a short, interesting bit of a travel diary from someone's journey into Mexican Mennonite country. Quick read, but interesting. Click here.
CREAM CHEESE FILLED CHOCOLATE CHIP CUPCAKES: This blog is not updated much, but I enjoy it because the writer isn't peddling her Amish past, it's just a part of her and blog,but not the reason for it. I just prefer the more genuine, human experience and her blog provides it. I love the food element to it, which mixes traditional Amish recipes with some newer ones. Want a delicious treat, try "cream cheese filled chocolate chip cupcakes." Yum! Click here for the recipe.
The photos are respectful and insightful. What