Sounds and Reflections from Pennsylvania Amish Country

I should write, “from Pennsylvania Amish and Mennonite Country.” Until I moved here, I had no idea how many Old Order Mennonites live in the county. On the road one can tell the difference by the buggies. The Amish in this county have gray (or open) buggies, while the Old Order Mennonites have black ones.…

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My Journey, Part 2

By Aleta Schrock Continued from Part 1. After I had returned home from teaching at the Old Order Mennonite church school in Ohio, I worked as a nurse‚Äôs aide in a local nursing home. I enjoyed my new job, but my heart longed to be back in the classroom teaching children. One day I drove…

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My Journey

By Aleta Schrock, Part 1 I hated to see the end of my eighth-grade school year. Learning was fun, but the expectation was that after the eighth grade my formal education would end and I would either work at home or get a job. I worked up the courage to ask my mom if I…

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Making Space for the Unforeseen

It seems our five-year-old friend was wise in giving his advice. We landed in a small apartment on Main Street in Ephrata, five minutes from his house. His dad and a friend of theirs helped us move our furniture into the apartment on Saturday, July 15. Then it took David and me three days to…

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New Horizons

In my last post, I promised to bring you some news of what is happening in my life. David and I have decided to move to Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. There are many reasons why we’re making this decision, which I will name later. The easy part was selling our house here in Broadway, Virginia. If…

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Amish Once Removed: New Educational Horizons

It is with a great deal of enthusiasm that I announce an upcoming symposium called “Amish Once Removed: New Educational Horizons” that will be held next summer at the Young Center at Elizabethtown College. Some time ago, I was brainstorming with Steve Nolt, Director at the Young Center, about the possibility of having a group…

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Nostalgia in Amish Country

Nostalgia locates desire in the past where it suffers no active conflict and can be yearned toward pleasantly. ~ Robert Hass   Several days ago when my husband David and I were in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania for the retreat I attended, we stayed an extra day so that we could meet up with our son,…

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A Soul-Nurturing Experience

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. ~ Maya Angelou This past weekend I attended a Safe Communities retreat in Ephrata, Pennsylvania at the beautiful Hurst Bed and Breakfast. The retreat was led by Linda Crockett, Lyn Barrett, and Mark Harris, and it was exactly what I needed at this…

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