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Teacher Mahlon

Mahlon Miller is an organic farmer, writer and teacher in Northern Indiana. He is Old Order Amish and teaches grades 1-8 in the nearby Amish schoolhouse. His column, Teacher Mahlon, appears occasionally on Amish365.com as he shares his insights and exploits from the school. Mahlon and his wife, Marietta, have five daughters.

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  1. Pam

    Yes, I still subscribe to Reader’s Digest — it was almost an institution in my home growing up, and I think I would almost feel disloyal if I stopped getting it. 🙂 It was something my Daddy always enjoyed — almost up to the very end of his life a couple years ago. (There always was — and still is in my house — at least one issue in the bathroom.) Daddy had a reputation among co-workers and family (especially his grandsons) for always having a Reader’s Digest joke ready to tell. Mostly his telling was more entertaining than the jokes themselves. Would sure love to have him around to hear him tell another one.

    But you’re right, Kevin, the RD has certainly become smaller and contains more fluff. Each time my subscription comes up for renewal, I’m not sure whether it’s worth the cost, but I haven’t been able to let go of something that has always been a part of my experience.

  2. Howard

    I still get it and am always glad to see it in the mailbox. I tend to thumb thru for a quick glance then don’t start reading until I allow enough time to read cover-to-cover, front to back in one sitting. Then it’s a long wait till the next issue.

  3. jodie

    I still get Readers Digest, have for many years. My daughter receives it also and I pass mine to my son.
    Yes, its more fluff but I read it from front to back. No skipping.

  4. Judy McCullough

    I hope Teacher Mahlon continues to write – and his writings are continued in your website. Mahlon’s columns, too, are a work of art and I love reading them. Hope he stays on with his lovely writing for a long time to come. Thank you for sharing, and I remember the Reader’s Digest coming in the mail, we fought over who got to read it first. .

  5. dynnamae

    Mahlons’ writing style is art and beauty also. I love his sense of humor and the content gives me something to think about in ways I never imagined. I hope we will have his posts for a long time to come. I used to read the Reader’s Digest and subscribed to it in the past. But, like most magazines, it surely has gotten flimsy in content. I am not one to go to magazine websites. I enjoy the internet but love reading printed books and the way magazines used to be. Thank you Kevin for all your hard work.

  6. Tom the back roads traveller

    Many of my Amish friends subscribe to Reader’s Digest and of course to The Die Botschaft. For many Amish, Reader’s Digest is their connection to the wider world. I have ADD and find it difficult to listen to a long drawn out, detailed exclamation of things, just give me the “Reader’s Digest Version” is my normal response.

    Tom the Backroads Traveller


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