Amish Country

In August, I decided that I needed a break! My son suggested that I go to a spa,he said it would be relaxing. I truly wanted to go where I had never been before and told me that one of my goals was to visit Amish country. Everything that I had read about the culture seemed inviting and I thought I would benefit from the relaxing style and simplicity of being around their relaxing and simple culture.

Bird in Hand is a rural village with a population of 300 people but the area is a significant drawing card for tourists. In actuality, Pennsylvania boosts earning $1.8 billion per year in tourism, most which can be attributed to summer guests in Amish communities.

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1. Religion – Like most groups, the Amish left Europe because of religious persecution. It must have been quite an adventure to leave their homes and families in order to go to the new land of America with the hope of securing freedom for their own beliefs.
2. Community – There aren’t a lot of Amish groups in Canada. They primarily live in Ontario, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. Although they reside in single-family homes and on family farms, they’re extremely close knit.
3. Self-support – They cooperate and share their work, faith and social activities with others in the region. They don’t vote or think in insurance but instead meet the needs of the vulnerable without outside support.
4. Rules – Every community has specific rules which their baptized members must follow. None of them use electricity, vehicles or technology in their lives. Although they are a branch of the Mennonites who often focus more on the Bible, the monks have a tendency to concentrate on rules made in their districts that are enforced by their preferred Bishops.
5. Family – Children are viewed as a gift from God. As a result, families are big and often consist of six or more siblings that are close in age. Relatives usually reside within buggy-drive distance so there is inter-generational contact.
6. Language – The Amish speak Pennsylvania Dutch at the home. Their kids do not learn English until they begin school which they attend until they have reached the grade eight level.
7. Living off the Land – In the past, Amish were mostly farmers who believed in hard work where fields were tilled and plants harvested using horses. Corn, soybeans, tobacco, and cauliflower in addition to garden produce brought income but now only twenty percent of the Amish have farming as their principal source of revenue. Some have moved out of their original homesteads to regions where tourism isn’t as prevalent to be able to protect their distinctive identity.
8. Skills – The Amish are experts at finding niches and filling them. Today, many have companies that sell their beautiful hand-made furniture, garden sheds, quilts, and meals. There is nothing like a fresh pretzel and glass of homemade root beer on a warm summer day!
9. Most restaurants in the Lancaster area have a row of rocking chairs outside so people can just relax while waiting for a table. Lovely!
10. Forgiveness – The Amish strongly believe and practice the belief that the person who does not forgive is the person who suffers. From birth they are taught that God forgave them and they are to perform the same without question. That doesn’t mean they don’t feel powerful emotions such as anger, hurt or despair. They do, however, let go of resentment and bitterness quickly and find it tough to understand that others may not know that this is simply common sense.

The Amish aren’t perfect! They are human. They don’t like the notion that some”Englishers” have had an inaccurate and negative impression of them through movies and television.

Staying in an Amish community has given me some insight into how they might have remained so consistent and loyal to their values for over three hundred years while all the world around them has changed!


Don’t Like Current Political Agenda? Get Out, And VOTE

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Thoseout – of – power, often, articulate, their dis – pleasure, resorting to blaming and complaining their political opponents, rather than focusing on how to make things better, get additional info! If you don’t like the current agenda, your focus should be, on re – gaining political power, and addressing relevant, sustainable issues, in a way, which inspires, others, to think about, making a change – for – the – better! In order to accomplish this, it’s important, and necessary, to get out the VOTE! Unless, before, more people overcome their apathy, and devote, to voting, how do we expect, a more dedicated, well – informed, electorate? When, over half of the prospective voters, avoid their responsibility, right, and obligation, to vote, blaming and complaining, is not a solution! With that in mind, this article will try to temporarily, identify, think about, and discuss, using the mnemonic strategy, some of what, this is all about.

1. Voice; vision; voting; success: Shouldn’t we seek to elect public officials, who are the genuine voice, of most of the people, prioritizing the common good, over self – interest, empty rhetoric and promises, vitriol, and any personal/ political agenda, and self – interest? In 2016, we elected Donald Trump, as President, in a campaign, apparently focused on, and highlighting, whining and whining, as opposed to offering a viable vision, for the future! Many, today, complain about President Trump’s leadership, but, when less than half the population, participates, in voting, it may not be a victory, for the people!

2. Opinions; options; chances: We are , entitled to our own opinions, but not to our own, set of facts! Political fact – checkers, have said this President has resorted to lies and mis – statements, over 6 times, per day, since his election, and by calling anything that he disagrees with (or disagrees/ criticizes, with him), our people are divided, and, frequently, confused! We need to vote for men and women that consider viable options and alternatives, seeking relevant, sustainable opportunities, into a sustainable future, rather than focusing, on making America, great again!

3. Timely; trends; truthful; hope: When our leaders are not truthful, how do they earn and gain, the public’s trust? Rather than rhetoric, we need leadership, which identifies, and takes advantage of relevant trends, and is timely, and well – considered!

4. Empathy; emphasis; energy; enrich; excellence: Unless/ until, leaders listen and learn, effectively, from everything they hear, and every experience, and transform this to relevant expertise, and excellence, they will often put their emphasis, in their own personal/ political agenda, and self – interest, as opposed to on the common good. When one proceeds, with the energy, to enrich the others, and the nation, he becomes a greater public official!

Wake up, America, and stop making excuses, whining and whining, and voting, based on empty rhetoric, personal biases/ bias, etc! Avoid being apathetic, and then whining, but commit, to VOTE!


Eat at home

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Read on to Find out Why You Ought to Eat Home-Cooked Food

For instance, we eat only if we are meeting someone in a lavish restaurant or snack mindlessly while watching a film. When was the last time you took out a couple of hours only to prepare food and to enjoy it leisurely? When was the last time you place”LUNCH” on your daily to-do list? It’s multiple favorable effects on the body as well as on the brain.

Eating home-cooked meals regularly prepares our palate for easier and more wholesome foods in the long term, which eventually start reflecting in our trimming waistlines and general health.

Hygienic:- A current video allegedly showing a worker of one of our favorite dhabas kneading atta with his feet had us all squirming in our seats. While not all restaurants follow standards like these, it is extremely tricky to maintain desired levels of cleanliness and hygiene when preparing meals at an industrial level. However careful food handling and cooking techniques generally found at houses tend to maintain the foods healthier and our stomachs fitter.

Appropriate parts:- Since childhood, all of us have always been taught never to waste food. However, restaurants are famous for their big portions, which became one of the prime motives for my overeating and subsequent health difficulties. While the whole earth is moving towards the Western”Hara Hachi Bu” (Eat till you are 8/10th full), it is high time that we, too, make a paradigm shift and change our eating habits. Eating at home gives us the luxury to customise our portion sizes according to our needs, exclusively.

Greater knowledge of food:- Do you know which food you should eat when you feel low after those dull day long meetings? Since food is our main source of energy, it can have a filling, healing or even negative effect on our bodies. Since home-cooked food is usually nourishing and produced from much lesser components, the taste and effects of each Rat Poop ingredient can be thoroughly savoured.

Builds healthy habits:- Eating home-cooked meals jump-start a lot of good habits which prove to be beneficiary during the life.

Easy on the pocket:- Read any book or article on”money saving hacks” and this one comes in the top. Eating home-cooked food more frequently is among the biggest and easiest means of saving money. Even eating out from your neighbourhood thela is a costlier affair in the long run.

Of course, cooking food isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. A lot of variables like being pressed for time, being bone lazy after a long day and ineptitude to cook well come between us and a delicious and nutritious meal frequently. For my brethren who still long for some simple homely meals but cannot find a few, let me show you the light into the dark path.