Sounds and Reflections from Pennsylvania Amish Country

September 5, 2023 /

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…

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My Journey, Part 2

August 6, 2023 /

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…

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My Journey

July 30, 2023 /

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…

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Making Space for the Unforeseen

July 25, 2023 /

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…

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New Horizons

June 29, 2023 /

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…

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From a Humble Amish Childhood to an Education that Spans the Globe

June 21, 2023 /

This is a bit later than I expected to be publishing the second story in the series I started in my last blog post, but I feel it was worth waiting for. Today…

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From an Eighth-Grade Education to a World-Renowned Pediatric Surgeon

May 27, 2023 /

I promised a series of stories from those who have emerged from a Plain community with an eighth-grade education and went on to earn a college education. Today I begin that series with…

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Amish Once Removed: New Educational Horizons

May 17, 2023 /

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…

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Nostalgia in Amish Country

May 3, 2023 /

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…

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A Soul-Nurturing Experience

April 25, 2023 /

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…

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