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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Before Dawn

April 21, 2023 /

Photo by April Sachs on July 20, 2022 during her year of taking sunrise photos each morning The darkest hour is always before dawn. ~ English Proverb I was reminded of the truth…

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When Someone Leaves the Amish

April 17, 2023 /

The Roads Taken There are as many paths out of an Amish community as there are those who have left. The one most often taken is the one towards what many call “spiritual…

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Introduction: About Amish and Beyond

April 16, 2023 /

Prepare for the new; expect the new; embrace the new. Otherwise, you’ll just repeat what’s old. ~ Marianne Williamson Ever so long ago (in 2009), I started my first blog, About Amish. At…

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