Amish Fire Insurance Policy

Amish Fire Insurance Policy
                       The Amish Fire Insurance Policy   This last winter my oldest son got a volunteer fire call at 3am on a 10-degree morning. To everyone’s horror the call was to an Amish grocery store that was less than 2...

Apple Dumplings

Apple Dumplings
Ingredients: 2 cups of wheat flour1 tsp. baking powderPinch of salt2 Tbsp butter or lardSweet milk to make dough similar to biscuit dough3 apples, tart is good - cored and peeled Instructions: In a medium size bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Mix in butter and add milk until...

Have the Amish Engineered a New Breed of Dog?

Have the Amish Engineered a New Breed of Dog?
The Amish dog is as unique and gentle as its owner.  From the beginning of our time visiting Amish homes, we noticed how important early childhood contact with dogs and cats was within their culture.  Amish children, in most homes, start interacting with a small energetic dog and...

Amish Diet and Its Challenges

Amish Diet and Its Challenges
When thinking of the Amish, the picture that comes to mind is a group of people who live a simple, slow paced life. This life is sustained by living off the fruits of the land, far away from urban pollution. Most would imagine them eating a steady diet of organically grown, healthy...

The Fractured but Functional Amish Church

The Fractured but Functional Amish Church
 The Worldwide Amish Church is Not a Monolithic Culture What Does This Mean? First, the “Amish Church” has fractured throughout the centuries into many distinct Amish churches known today as “orders.”  Each of these Amish subcultures possess their own social templates known as the Ordnung.  Even the Ordnung within...

3 Myths About the Amish

3 Myths About the Amish
Myth: They don’t pay taxes. Fact: They pay federal, state, and property taxes just like the rest of us. In fact, they refuse to take many of the loophole deductions that most American households exploit because they view them as a hand out from the government. The only tax they do not pay is social security tax,

Five Activities That Replace TV

Five Activities That Replace TV
Five Activities That Replace TV and Internet in an Amish Home. They read! The average Amish home, out of the hundreds we are familiar with, has a large selection of books and ‘family friendly’ magazines. These are mostly Christian themed but we observed a good variety of classics and informational texts.