I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. Here in southwest Ohio the weather was too nice to be in front of the computer, so we spent Sunday outside. What a gorgeous Sunday it was! So on this gloomy Monday let's look back on weekend blogroll:
NEW YORK AMISH SETTLEMENTS: Tom the Backroads Traveller has some nice photos from the Ovid and Romulus settlements in the Empire State. These Amish settlements are tucked between a couple of the Finger Lakes, so they maintain a serene sense of rural isolation. Four church districts call the Ovid and Romulus area home. As an aside, there was an Amish settlement attempt near Ovid, Michigan years ago. The church began in the late 1980s but finally disbanded around 2003-2004. Interestingly, the Amish there hailed from a variety of settlements. There was even a family of converts to the church. And the a former small rural public school was bought by the Amish and turned into a tidy red-brick Amish school. Anyway, back to New York. Click here to enjoy some scenes from this New York Amish community.
LANCASTER COUNTY, PA: This sprawling settlement will always win accolades from me for its beauty and well-kept farms. A photography website has posted some pretty pictures of Amish farms and laundry on the line. Click here, but you have to scroll down to see the pictures. The top part is some stuff about photography. But the photos are worth scrolling to.
LEAVING THE MENNONITES: Stories about people leaving the Amish are quite common, but what about the Mennonites? It happens in that church also (actually, people leave all churches all the time, I think the mainstream media looks at someone leaving the Amish as a more "dramatic" event, but the reality is that people are constantly sampling and switching ways to express their faith, falling in love with people of other faiths, etc. This is a well-written story of a conservative Mennonite woman who leaves her faith and the aftermath. Click here to read.
AMISH PEANUT BUTTER CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES: Wow, I NEED some of these cookies now. Just the name makes my mouth melt. Click here for the recipe from the blog, A Rural Journal.