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April 10th, 201312:05 PM ET"Conscience: that still, small voice that makes you even smaller." Amish Proverb The school year is ending early in Bergholz, Ohio. The Bergholz Amish community decided to wrap up school a few weeks ahead of schedule so some of the children could spend more time with their parents. Five of the parents--four women and one man--are preparing to ente...
March 14th, 201309:13 PM ET"There's one sure way for a doctor to make a patient worry. Tell him he has absolutely nothing to worry about." Amish proverb Recently, I was speaking to a book club and was asked if the Amish use modern medicine. “Of course they do,” I said, trying not to roll my eyes. Many people mistakenly believe that the Amish live an eighteenth century ...
February 24th, 201301:09 AM ET"Tackle the problem, not the person." Amish proverb A few weeks ago, I posted a picture of my dogs on my author Facebook wall. Within hours, a number of people posted indignant, belligerent comments. They assumed I was a supporter of puppy mills because I’ve written books about the Amish. Over the years, there have been some high profile n...
January 16th, 201312:45 PM ET"Today has one thing in which all of us are equal: time. All of us drew the same salary in seconds, minutes, and hours." Amish proverb Linda sat with her son in the emergency room of their local hospital, waiting to be seen by a doctor. Her son had twisted his ankle playing a game of basketball and she worried he might have caused serious d...
January 09th, 201312:34 AM ET"A lot of the trouble in this world wouldn't bother people if they weren't always looking for it." Amish proverb Are you one of the three million viewers who watch Discovery Channel’s Amish Mafia? I watched an episode or two and felt…baffled. It’s supposed to be a reality show about vigilantes who live within the Amish community while remai...
December 15th, 201210:45 AM ETYesterday's tragic school shooting in Connecticut brought up discussion of the Amish school shooting of October 2006. This is a true story about how the Amish and non-Amish Nickel Mines community supported each other during and after that experience. "The light that shines farthest, shines brightest at home." Amish Proverb The little fire stati...
November 19th, 201204:16 PM ETWonder what Thanksgiving is like in an Amish home? This excerpt is a sneak peek from book 2, A New Home for Lily, which will release in the new year. The entire Adventure of Lily Lapp series is based on the Amish childhood of Mary Ann Kinsinger, who was raised Old Order Amish and blogs on A Joyful Chaos. Enjoy! Thanksgiving Pudding One ...
November 15th, 201202:29 PM ET"Beware of half truths, you may have hold of the wrong half." Amish proverb There is a mystery that surrounds the Amish. And if you’re one of the 3.8 million viewers who watched the finale of TLC’s Breaking Amish and got caught up in the brewing controversy about the credibility of the show, you might be even more mystified. TLC’s Brea...
October 30th, 201209:20 PM ET"Lamps don’t talk, they shine." Amish proverb How do the Amish celebrate Halloween? Or...do they celebrate Halloween at all? And if not, are they wagging their fingers at those of us who do enjoy dressing up to trick-or-treat? The answer might surprise you. The following is an excerpt from Life with Lily, a children's chapter book that I co-wro...
September 11th, 201201:20 PM ETSome may see a hopeless end, but as believers we rejoice in an endless hope. Amish proverb Intrigued. That’s the word to describe how Dr. Bryan Cloyd, Professor of Accounting at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, felt when he learned that a busload of Amish from Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, was coming to honor the victims of the April 2007 s...
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