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Hi, my name is Kevin Williams and I am owner of Oasis Newsfeatures and editor of The Amish Cook newspaper column.

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  1. Heather D.

    This is really strange and does make me wonder too, how they handle their cultural differences inside the home. Maybe they use solar/generator/propane power inside their home.

  2. Magdalena

    I gave up boxing when I became Plain, although reluctantly. My gloves were the last vestige of my boxing interest, and I sold them three years ago. (I know, I’ve been Plain for six years…)

    I know of several Plain Quaker/other faith marriages, and a few Plain Mennonite (not conservative) marriages with non-Anabaptists.

  3. Cheryl

    how do the Amish fare with other sports? I know they bike a lot, which is great exercise. but, running ( like in marathons) and other.
    can the children be involved in Scouting in any way.
    thanks for the input.

    1. Kevin

      Cheryl – This is a good question and I actually talk a little about Amish and running in my upcoming fiction…..football is not that popular among the Amish, the violence (or the perceived violence) runs counter to Amish culture. That was another surprise of this article is that wrestling is a full contact sport. Softball, volleyball, and tetherball are much more popular among the Amish.

      Scouting isn’t common among the Amish, most of what is learned in scouting would be taught at home as a matter of course!:) – Kevin

  4. Linda from KY

    That was an interesting article. I have so many questions. The main one is about the father. He said in the article that he became a member of the Amish church, but decided to leave a few years later. Wouldn’t he have been shunned? They would almost have to be New Order for any of this (wrestling, education beyond 8th grade) to take place, wouldn’t they? I really hope you decide to pursue an interview with this family. It would be so interesting to hear more details about their home life.

  5. Diane Adelstone

    I honestly do not think that an Amish/”English” marriage would work very well. It is easy to fall in love, and infatuated with another way of life. It would be hard on the family of the “English” spouse because their son or daughter would not be able to have visits with both son and daughter-in-law visits at their home. The Amish would not mingle and go outside of their villages for friendships. Two different worlds apart. A closed society is a “Closed” society, and it doesn’t blend with an “Open” one. It is wise not to mix the two for obvious reasons. That is just my opinion.


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