"All part of the great Creation"

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Vacation with the "more of the entrepreneurial part of the Amish community" as they head to Florida from their chilly homes in the Midwest.

Flashback to this great story the next time someone declares how mass American culture forces this or that on them against their will.

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  1. This calls to mind the Weird Al song “Amish Paradise”:

    “Think you’re really righteous?
    Think you’re pure at heart?
    Well I know I’m a million times as humble as thou art!
    I’m the pious guy the little omelettes wanna be like
    On my knees day and night scoring points for the afterlife,
    So don’t be vain, and don’t be whiny,
    Or else my brother I might have to get medieval on your hiney!”

  2. Ooo neat! A story on my very backyard. I went to college in Sarasota.

    For some reason it never struck me as odd or unique that there’s a giant community of people that look like they just stepped out of the 18th century. Or that, despite appearances, they blend in perfectly with the rest of the area.

    I think it might say more for Florida than it does for the Amish.

  3. The Amish don’t bug anybody and they make damn good pretzels. I say we keep them.

  4. I just got back from a trip to Lancaster. I didn’t know this before, but the Amish aren’t anti-electricity, they’re anti-wires, because they don’t want to be physically connected to the outside world. But they do use generators, cellphones, and laptop computers. They essentially presaged the idea of the wireless society, which used to seem very 19th century but is now very much embraced by the 21st century.

  5. As one who lives right in the thick of Amish country (Lancaster, PA), and deals with Amish folks regularly at work, I can say that nothing about the Amish surprises me anymore.

    I think what tore it for me was the time a conversation with an Amishman was interrupted by a call on HIS cell phone.

  6. What a delightful article! The reporter could have gone for a condescending joke at the Amish’s expense, but instead portrayed them with affection and dignity. Well done, touching and heartwarming.

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